Dr Joanna Schellenberg is Professor of Epidemiology & International Health and is also the head of the Disease Control Department at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Previously, she was the Reader in Epidemiology and International Health, and was the principal investigator of IDEAS: Informed Decisions for Actions to improve Maternal and Newborn Health, a 5-year project aiming to improve the evidence base for maternal and newborn health programmes in North-Eastern Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uttar Pradesh, India. She collaborated with EQUIP, an intervention study on a quality management approach that links communities and health facilities through locally generated health data, involving Karolinska Institutet, Makerere University, Ifakara Health Institute and Evaplan. She was also the principal investigator on newborn survival in southern Tanzania through Saving Newborn Lives, the Laerdal Foundation and UNICEF. Her past positions have included co-principal investigator on an evaluation of the community effectiveness of Intermittent Preventative Treatment in Infants (IPTi) in southern Tanzania and Technical Advisor to WHO for the Multi-Country Evaluation of integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI).