Professor Imelda Bates

Chair in Clinical Tropical Haematology


  • Professor in Clinical Tropical Haematology, LSTM
  • Head, Capacity Research Unit, LSTM
  • Honorary Consultant Haematologist, Royal Liverpool Hospital 


Imelda’s current research activities focus on anaemia and blood transfusion systems in LMICs particularly on evidence to improve the supply and use of blood for transfusion. She has also established an expanding and vibrant Capacity Research Unit which is at the forefront of research into how to design, measure and evaluate programmes to strengthen research capacity and laboratory systems in LMICs.


Imelda is a member of LSTM’s Learning and Teaching Committee. She is Course Director for the innovative and highly successful Diploma in Project Design and Management which was established in Ghana in 2003 to increase multi-disciplinary institutional research capacity. She also teaches on many of LSTM’s on-site courses including Diploma and Masters programmes and the Consultancy course. She has supervised many successful PhD and Masters students.

Current Projects

  • 2012 to 2015

    CNTD Laboratory Skills

    Donors: DFID
  • 2012 to 2018

    DFID - Monitoring and Evaluation DFID Capacity Building

    Donors: Royal Society
  • 2014

    Ethical concerns for Health Professionals

    Donors: Wellcome Trust
  • 2013 to 2014

    Enhancing Laboratory Support for NTDs

    Donors: WHO
  • 2013

    HRSCI Evaluation

  • 2009 to 2015

    Institutional baseline needs for PhD programmes and research infrastructure

  • 2011 to 2015

    TREC Building Research Capacity in Africa’s transfusion Services

  • 2010 to 2015 | Malawi

    Causes of moderate and severe anaemia in HIV-infected adults in Malawi

  • 2013 to 2014 | Ghana

    Challenges in point of care diagnostics for anaemia and malaria in ante-natal clinics in Ghana

    Donors: LSTM Research Development Fund