• Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Medicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Ruanne Barnabas

Box 359927
325 Ninth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Ruanne V Barnabas, MBChB, MSc, DPhil, is an Associate Professor in Global Health and Medicine at the University of Washington and affiliate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Currently, she holds the King K. Holmes Endowed Professorship in STDs and AIDS. Her research focuses on interventions for HIV treatment and prevention, specifically on community-based strategies to increase access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV. She is the protocol chair of the Delivery Optimization for ART Study, which will evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of decentralized, community-based ART initiation and follow-up compared to clinic- based care. She leads the cost-effectiveness evaluation of other projects including 1) partner services for clients with sexually transmitted infections in Seattle, 2) cervical cancer screening among HIV-positive women in the US and in low and middle income countries, 3) scale-up of PrEP delivery in Africa, and 4) lottery incentives to increase the coverage of ART among men (for which she serves as the protocol co-chair). Her projects use empiric data, costs and mathematical models to estimate the potential impact of HIV interventions. The ultimate aim of her work is to identify effective and cost-effective HIV treatment and prevention strategies to inform public health policy.

  • DPhil (University of Oxford)
  • MSc (University of Oxford)
  • MBChB (University of Cape Town (South Africa))
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Health Topics 
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-based Primary Health Care
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Delivery Logistics
  • Health Economics
  • Herpes
  • HIV Transmission
  • HPV
  • Implementation Science
  • MHealth
  • STDs (other than HIV)

Ying R, Sharma M, Celum C, Baeten JM, van Rooyen H, Hughes JP, Garnett G, Barnabas RV. Home HIV testing and counselling to reduce HIV incidence in a generalised epidemic setting: a mathematical modeling analysis. Lancet HIV. 2016;3:e275-82 [original work]. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(16)30009-1. PMCID: 4927306.

Barnabas RV, van Rooyen H, Tumwesigye E, Brantley J, Baeten JM, van Heerden A, Turyamureeba B, Joseph P, Krows M, Thomas KK, Schaafsma T, Hughes JP, Celum C. Uptake of antiretroviral therapy and male circumcision after community-based HIV testing and strategies for linkage to care versus standard clinic referral: a multisite, open-label, randomised controlled trial in South Africa and Uganda. Lancet HIV. 2016;3:e212-20 [original work]. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(16)00020-5. PMCID: 4852382.

Sharma M, Ying R, Tarr G, Barnabas R. Systematic review and meta-analysis of community and facility-based HIV testing to address linkage to care gaps in sub-Saharan Africa. Nature. 2015;528:S77-85 [original work]. doi: 10.1038/nature16044.

Ying R, Sharma M, Heffron R, Celum C, Baeten JM, Katabira E, Bulya N, Barnabas RV. Cost-effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis targeted to high-risk serodiscordant couples as a bridge to sustained ART use in Kampala, Uganda. J Int AIDS Soc. 2015;18:20013 [original work]. doi: 10.7448/IAS.18.4.20013. PCMID: 4509901.

Barnabas RV, Laukkanen P, Koskela P, Kontula O, Lehtinen M, and Garnett GP. Epidemiology of HPV 16 and cervical cancer in Finland and the potential impact of vaccination: mathematical modelling analyses. PLoS Med. 2006;3:e138 [original work]. PMCID: 1434486.