Research Director, medical epidemiologist, IRD, France
Valérie BRIAND, MD, PhD, is a Research Director at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and a medical epidemiologist. She has been studying malaria in pregnant women and children for over 15 years. Since 2003, she has coordinated and participated in several longitudinal studies and clinical trials on malaria in pregnant women in Africa. Dr. Briand recently coordinated the RECIPAL pre-conceptional cohort study to assess the impact of malaria during early pregnancy on fetal growth in Benin (ANR & BMGF funding). In September 2017, she joined the Infectious diseases in lower-income countries research team (IDLIC) at Bordeaux Population Health Center, France. Dr. Briand is currently collaborating on two multidisciplinary implementation studies that aim to improve both access to and coverage of strategies for the prevention of malaria in pregnant women and infants in West and East Africa (EDCTP funding).