2017 is quickly drawing to a close. It has been a year full of awards and achievements from our alumni community, high profile visits to the School, and fun UK and international events. Over the next 11 days we will be posting our top alumni news stories from 2017 on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Here is a snapshot of some of the stories we will be featuring.
On 23 May 2017 the World Health Assembly elected alumnus Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General. Dr Tedros visited the School on 10 July for a special discussion with Professor Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM and on 3 October WHO announced the senior officials who would form the Headquarters Leadership Team under Dr Tedros. We were proud to say that two out of the fourteen appointees are LSHTM alumni!
Epidemiologist and Data Scientist at LSHTM, Dr Paul Mee ran the 2017 London Marathon and raised over £2000 for the Stephen Lawn Memorial Fund. We were lucky enough to get a charity place for the London Marathon 2018, which a member of the School community will run to raise at least £2000 to support projects and funds at the School.
In October the UK ME/CFS Biobank was awarded $2.1m (£1.57m) of grant funding from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) which will fund a longitudinal study that will measure changes in the immune system and genetic profile of individuals with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The CureME team launched the UK ME/CFS Biobank Christmas Appeal to release samples to researchers around the world, searching for the biomarkers of ME/CFS, and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Biobank as a resource.