As a generalist epidemiologist, my scholarly interests over the course of my career have involved several topical areas and methodological approaches. Topical areas have included hypertension management, AIDS-related malignancies, pre-eclampsia, spinal cord injuries, hip fractures and anti-retroviral treatment for AIDS.
I have employed various methodological approaches to conduct descriptive epidemiological studies (trends and studies of prognosis), causative epidemiological studies, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and health services utilization and outcomes studies using large administrative databases. I have conducted workshops on evidence-informed health care and research methods in Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.
Since 2002 my research has had a global health focus. In particular, I have been part of a team of researchers involved in a series of studies around HIV/AIDS in Western Uganda. These studies have been conducted in collaboration with Ugandan colleagues from the Makerere University, Kampala and the Kabarole Health District.
I serve on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for International Health and on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.
PhD, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1987
Diploma in Tropical Public Health, University of London, London, England, 1978
MBBCh, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1975
Faculty of the Year Award, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta, 2006
Spotlight on Achievement Recognition, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, 1998
Outstanding Academic Staff Award, Graduate Student Association, University of Alberta, 1997
Saunders L.D, Irwig L.M, Gear J.S.S, Ramushu D.L. Randomized controlled trials of compliance improving strategies in Soweto hypertensives. Medical Care, 1991; 29(17):669-678.
Saunders LD. Differences in the timeliness of diagnosis, breast and cervical cancer, San Francisco, 1974-1985. Am. J. Public Health, 1989; 79:69-70.
Reynolds P, Saunders L.D, Layefsky M.E, Lemp G.F. The spectrum of AIDS-associated malignancies in San Francisco: 1980-1987. Am. J. Epidemiol., 1993; 83:689-693.
Johnson JY, McMullen LM, Hasselback P, Louie M, Jhangri G, Saunders LD. Risk factors for ciprofloxacin resistance in reported Campylobacter infections in southern Alberta. Epidemiol Infect. 2007; 3:1-1048.
Kipp W, Konde-Lule J, Saunders D, Alibhai A*, Houston S, Rubaale T, Senthilselvan A, Okech-Ojony J, Kiweewa F. Antiretroviral treatment in western Uganda: Comparing treatment outcomes and patient mortality between a prospective community-based and hospital-based cohort. Current Research in HIV 2010, 8(2): 179-185.16.
Community-based ARV treatment for AIDS in Uganda
Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research