Dr Derek Sloan

Dr Derek Sloan
Senior Lecturer

Dr Derek Sloan is a newly appointed Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician with a joint appointment at the University of St Andrews and NHS Fife. He has previously worked extensively in southern Africa. In 2004, he was worked as a clinician at PCEA Chogoria Hospital in Kenya and supported set-up of an HIV clinic which provided comprehensive roll-out of anti-retroviral therapy for the first time in the district. From 2005-6 he was Senior Medical Officer and Tuberculosis (TB) Lead for Hlabisa sub-district in kwaZulu Natal, South Africa where the dual burden of HIV and drug-resistant TB had become a public health crisis. Subsequently, he completed a Wellcome Trust funded PhD fellowship at the University of Liverpool Institute of Global Health and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His work there was on the clinical pharmacology of TB treatment, and included 2.5 years of combined clinical and academic work in Blantyre, Malawi. During that time he was also an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, and edited “The Clinical Book”, a practical pocket textbook of local management protocols for common adult medical conditions that still acts as a standard guide for medical students, clinical officers and doctors across the country. In 2015, he spent 3 months in Sierra Leone working as clinical lead on the UK-Med Quality Monitoring Team, supporting the NHS contribution to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa. His ongoing research interests are targeted towards clinical therapeutics questions of global public health significance, particularly in the treatment of tuberculosis and other infections.

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

I have worked in both high and low income countries, accruing extensive experience in the management of infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis (TB). I have successfully obtained research grant funding and completed a Wellcome Trust fellowship in Liverpool and Malawi, culminating in the award of a PhD from the University of Liverpool.


My research is targeted towards clinical therapeutics questions of global public health significance. Presentation and publication of my work has resulted in Young Investigator Awards and prizes at major international conferences. I have ongoing projects on the clinical pharmacology of anti-TB drugs, PK-PD modeling of responses to anti-microbial therapy and programmatic interventions to reduce mortality from infectious diseases in low resource settings.


I also have an interest in the acute management of infectious disease outbreaks, and supported the UKMed/NHS response to the Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in West Africa in 2015.

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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
O’Hara, GA, McNaughton, AL, Maponga, T, Jooste, P, Ocama, P, Chilengi, R, Mokaya, J, Liyayi, MI, Wachira, T, Gikungi, DM, Burbridge, L, O’Donnell, D, Akiror, CS, Sloan, D, Torimiro, J, Yindom, LM, Walton, R, Andersson, M, Marsh, K, Newton, R & Matthews, PC 2017, 'Hepatitis B virus infection as a neglected tropical disease' PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol 11, no. 10, e0005842. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005842
Sloan, DJ, McCallum, AD, Schipani, A, Egan, D, Mwandumba, HC, Ward, SA, Waterhouse, D, Banda, G, Allain, TJ, Owen, A, Khoo, SH & Davies, GR 2017, 'Genetic determinants of the pharmacokinetic variability of rifampin in Malawian adults with pulmonary tuberculosis' Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol 61, no. 7, e00210-17. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.00210-17
Hector, J, Anderson, ST, Banda, G, Kamdolozi, M, Jefferys, LF, Shani, D, Garton, NJ, Mwale, A, Jobe, A, Davies, GR & Sloan, DJ 2017, 'TST positivity in household contacts of tuberculosis patients: a case-contact study in Malawi' BMC Infectious Diseases, vol 17, 259. DOI: 10.1186/s12879-017-2348-2
MacPherson, P, Squire, SB, Cleary , P, Davies, S, Wake, C, Dee, K, Walker, J, Farrow, S, McMaster, P, Woodhead, M, Sloan, DJ & on behalf of the North West TB Audit Steering Committee 2016, 'Equitable tuberculosis care in the North West of England: analysis of tuberculosis cohort review data' International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, vol 20, no. 6, pp. 778-785. DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.15.0772
Wallis, SK, Jehan, K, Woodhead, M, Cleary, P, Dee, K, Farrow, S, McMaster, P, Wake, C, Walker, J, Sloan, DJ & Squire, SB 2016, 'Health professionals' experiences of tuberculosis cohort audit in the North West of England: a qualitative study' BMJ Open, vol 6, no. 3, e010536. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010536
Sloan, DJ, Mwandumba, HC, Kamdolozi, M, Shani, D, Chisale, B, Dutton, J, Khoo, SH, Allain, TJ & Davies, GR 2015, 'Vitamin D deficiency in Malawian adults with pulmonary tuberculosis: risk factors and treatment outcomes' International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, vol 19, no. 8, pp. 904-911. DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.15.0071
Mzinza, DT, Sloan, DJ, Jambo, KC, Shani, D, Kamdolozi, M, Wilkinson, KA, Wilkinson, RJ, Davies, GR, Heyderman, RS & Mwandumba, HC 2015, 'Kinetics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific IFN-γ responses and sputum bacillary clearance in HIV-infected adults during treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis' Tuberculosis, vol 95, no. 4, 1343, pp. 463-469. DOI: 10.1016/j.tube.2015.05.009
Sloan, DJ, Mwandumba, HC, Garton, NJ, Khoo, SH, Butterworth, AE, Allain, TJ, Heyderman, RS, Corbett, EL, Barer, MR & Davies, GR 2015, 'Pharmacodynamic modeling of bacillary elimination rates and detection of bacterial lipid bodies in sputum to predict and understand outcomes in treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis' Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol 61, no. 1, pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1093/cid/civ195
Gaskell, KM, Rothe, C, Gnanadurai, R, Goodson, P, Jassi, C, Heyderman, RS, Allain, TJ, Harrison, TS, Lalloo, DG, Sloan, DJ & Feasey, NA 2014, 'A prospective study of mortality from cryptococcal meningitis following treatment induction with 1200mg oral fluconazole in Blantyre, Malawi' PLoS One, vol 9, no. 11, e110285. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110285
Rothe, C, Sloan, DJ, Goodson, P, Chikafa, J, Mukaka, M, Denis, B, Harrison, T, van Oosterhout, JJ, Heyderman, RS, Lalloo, DG, Allain, T & Feasey, NA 2013, 'A Prospective Longitudinal Study of the Clinical Outcomes from Cryptococcal Meningitis following Treatment Induction with 800 mg Oral Fluconazole in Blantyre, Malawi' PLoS One, vol 8, no. 6, e67311. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067311
Feasey, NA, Banada, PP, Howson, W, Sloan, DJ, Mdolo, A, Boehme, C, Chipungu, GA, Allain, TJ, Heyderman, RS, Corbett, EL & Alland, D 2013, 'Evaluation of Xpert MTB/RIF for detection of tuberculosis from blood samples of HIV-infected adults confirms Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteremia as an indicator of poor prognosis' Journal of Clinical Microbiology, vol 51, no. 7, pp. 2311-2316. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.00330-13
Sloan, DJ, Corbett, EL, Butterworth, AE, Mwandumba, HC, Khoo, SH, Mdolo, A, Shani, D, Kamdolozi, M, Allen, J, Mitchison, DA, Coleman, DJ & Davies, GR 2012, 'Optimizing outpatient serial sputum colony counting for studies of tuberculosis treatment in resource-poor settings' Journal of Clinical Microbiology, vol 50, no. 7, pp. 2315-20. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.00043-12
Sloan, DJ, Taegtmeyer, M, Pearce, IA, Hart, IJ, Miller, ARO & Beeching, NJ 2008, 'Cytomegalovirus retinitis in the absence of HIV or immunosuppression' British Journal of Ophthalmology, vol 18, no. 5, pp. 813-5.