About Dr. Alain Vandormael

avandormael@ahri.org +27 (0) 31 260 3744


Alain Vandormael was awarded his PhD in Sociology and MSc in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, USA. His PhD examined the preventive and survival benefits of antiretroviral (ART) use in the AHRI study area of Somkhele, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Alain is interested in understanding why some HIV prevention strategies are falling short, and providing insight into how these strategies can be optimized in the future.

Current Affiliations:

- Senior Lecturer: School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.




Ph.D. Sociology University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Sept. 2014

M.S. Statistics University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, February 2014

M.A. Sociology University of Pretoria, South Africa, May 2005

B.A. Psychology University of Pretoria, South Africa, January 2003


Opportunities and Challenges in HIV Treatment as Prevention Research: Results from the ANRS 12249 Cluster-Randomized Trial and Associated Population Cohort.
Tanser F, Kim H-Y, Vandormael A, Iwuji C, Barnighausen T, Current HIV/AIDS Reports (2020), 17:97–108 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11904-020-00487-1:.

HIV incidence declines in a rural South African population: a G-imputation approach for inference.
Vandormael A, Cuadros D, Dobra A, Barnighausen T, Tanser F, BMC Public Health (2020), 20:1205 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09193-4:.

Impact of community piped water coverage on re-infection with urogenital schistosomiasis in rural South Africa.
Mogeni P, Vandormael A, Cuadros D, Appleton C, Tanser F, Elife (2020), 9. pii: e54012. doi: 10.7554/eLife.54012:.

HIV seroconcordance among heterosexual couples in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a population-based analysis.
Kim HY, Harling G, Vandormael A, Tomita A, Cuadros DF, Bärnighausen T, Tanser F, J Int AIDS Soc. (2020), 23(1):e25432. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25432:.

Declines in HIV incidence among men and women in a South African population-based cohort.
Vandormael A, Akullian A, Siedner M, de Oliveira T, Bärnighausen T, Tanser F, Nature Communications (2019), 10(1):5482. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-13473-y:.

Trends in Pretreatment HIV-1 Drug Resistance in Antiretroviral Therapy-naive Adults in South Africa, 2000–2016: A Pooled Sequence Analysis.
Chimukangara B, Lessells RJ, Rhee S-Y, Giandhari J, Kharsany ABM, Naidoo K, Lewis L, Cawood C, Khanyile D, Ayalew KA, Diallo K, Samuel R, Hunt G, Vandormael A, Stray-Pedersen B, Gordon M, Makadzange T, Kiepiela P, Ramjee G, Ledwaba J, Kalimashe M, Morris L, Parikh UM, Mellors JW, Shafer RW, Katzenstein D, Moodley P, Gupta RK, Pillay D, Karim SSA, de Oliveira T, EClinicalMedicine (Lancet) (2019), DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2019.03.006:.

Estimating trends in the incidence rate with interval censored data and time-dependent covariates.
Vandormael A, Tanser F, Cuadros D, Dobra A, Stat Methods Med Res (2019), 962280219829892. doi: 10.1177/0962280219829892:.

Spatial structure of depression in South Africa: A longitudinal panel survey of a nationally representative sample of households.
Cuadros DF, Tomita A, Vandormael A, Slotow R, Burns JK, Tanser F, Scientific Reports (2019), 9(1):979:doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-37791-1.

Impact of the scale-up of piped water on urogenital schistosomiasis infection in rural South Africa.
Tanser F, Azongo DK, Vandormael A, Barnighausen T, Appleton C, eLIFE (2018), 7:e33065:.

Green environment and incident depression in South Africa: a geospatial analysis and mental health implications in a resource-limited setting.
Tomita A, Vandormael AM, Cuadros D, Di Minin E, Heikinheimo V, Tanser F, Slotow R, Burns JK, Lancet Planetary Health (2017), 1:152?62.

Effect of population viral load on prospective HIV incidence in a hyperendemic rural African community.
Tanser F, Vandormael A, Cuadros D, Phillips AN, de Oliveira T, Tomita A, Barnighausen T, Pillay D, Science Translational Medicine (2017), 9:eaam8012.

Longitudinal trends in the prevalence of detectable HIV viremia: Population-based evidence from rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Vandormael A, Barnighausen T, Herbeck J, Tomita A, Phillips A, Pillay D, de Oliveira T, Tanser F, Clin Infect Dis. (2017), :doi: 10.1093/cid/cix976.

High percentage of undiagnosed HIV cases within a hyperendemic South African community: a population-based study.
Vandormael A, de Oliveira T, Tanser F, Barnighausen T, Herbeck JT, J Epidemiol Community Health (2018), :doi: 10.1136/jech-2017-209713.

Sexual partnership age pairings and risk of HIV acquisition in rural South Africa.
Akulliana A, Bershteyna A, Kleina D, Vandormael A, Barnighausen T, Tanser F, AIDS (2017), :DOI:10.1097/QAD.0000000000001553.

Incidence rate estimation, periodic testing and the limitations of the mid-point imputation approach.
Vandormael A, Dobra A, Barnighausen T, de Oliveira T, Tanser F, International Journal of Epidemiology (2017), :doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyx134.

CD4+ T-cell count may not be a useful strategy to monitor antiretroviral therapy response in HTLV-1/HIV co-infected patients.
Vandormael A, Rego F, Danaviah S, Alcantara L, Boulware D, de Oliveira T, Current HIV Research (2017), :doi: 10.2174/1570162X15666170216114917.

Social disequilibrium and the risk of HIV acquisition: A multilevel study in rural KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Tomita A, Vandormael AM, Barnighausen T, de Oliveira T, Tanser F, J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. (2017), :10.1097/QAI.0000000000001349.

Pairwise diversity and tMRCA as potential markers for HIV infection recency.
Moyo S, Wilkinson E, Vandormael A, Wang R, Weng J, Kotokwe KP, Gaseitsiwe S, Musonda R, Makhema J, Essex M, Engelbrecht S, de Oliveira T, Novitsky V , Medicine (Baltimore) (2017), 96:doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000006041.

Analysis of Viral Diversity in Relation to the Recency of HIV-1C Infection in Botswana.
Moyo S, Vandormael A, Wilkinson E, Engelbrecht S, Gaseitsiwe S, Kotokwe, KP, Musonda R, Tanser F, Essex M, Novitsky V, de Oliveira T, PLoS One (2016), 11(8):DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0160649.

Brief Report: Virologic Monitoring Can Be a Cost-Effective Strategy to Diagnose Treatment Failure on First-Line ART.
Vandormael AM, Boulware DR, Tanser FC, Barnighuasen TW, Stott KE, de Oliveira T, J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. (2016), 71(4):462?466.

Identifying Recent HIV Infections: From Serological Assays to Genomics.
Moyo S, Wilkinson E, Novitsky V, Vandormael A, Gaseitsiwe S, Essex M, Engelbrecht S, de Oliveira T , Viruses (2015), 7:5508-5524; doi:10.3390/v7102887.

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