The School has hosted 27 work experience students through the Young Scientists Programme since January 2014. The majority of students came from local state schools and colleges in Camden, Westminster and Islington, and their teachers are unanimous in their praise of the scheme.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Kenya-based INFORM team have been awarded a grant of £4.2 million from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to strengthen the use of data in malaria policy-making. Read more
Nick Black, Professor of Health Services Research, has been named as one of the ‘top 100 people with the greatest influence on health policy and the NHS’ by HSJ.
The annual list highlights who will wield the most influence in healthcare in the coming 12 months. Prof Black is among those acknowledged by HSJ as established players in the health world, whose expertise and opinions are likely to be sought by the UK government. Read more
A new standard global measure of disability has been published, allowing better understanding of impairment levels around the world.
According to researchers from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the disability charity CBM, the new tool will help policy makers, service providers and researchers to improve planning and advocacy for better inclusion of disabled adults and children across society. Read more
The onset of the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or motor neurone disease) could be a multistep process similar to some cancers, according to research published in The Lancet Neurology.
The disease leads to relentless, progressive paralysis of voluntary muscles over months, with an affected person having an average life expectancy of two to five years. Read more
The Mental Health for Sustainable Development report, prepared by Mary De Silva and Jonty Roland, has been published by the Global Health and Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary groups. This blog about the report was submitted by Marguerite Regan, Research Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and member of the Mental Health Innovation Network. Read more
The School has been making headlines around the world this year. Here are some of the biggest stories of 2014.
Ebola in West Africa
As 2014 draws to a close, the devastating Ebola outbreak continues to claim lives in West Africa. The School has been actively involved in responding to…
Dr Shunmay Yeung, a paediatrician and Senior Lecturer of Health Economics and Policy at the School, recently travelled to Sierra Leone to support the response to the Ebola outbreak. She was responding to a call by the School for volunteers, after our Director, Prof Peter Piot, described the ‘moral responsibility’ institutions have to fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Read more
This week, the Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund and the Embassy of Japan convened a panel of leading global health experts in London, meeting at the School to plan greater cross-border collaboration to ensure global preparedness for the resurgence of infectious diseases including TB, Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Neglected Tropical Diseases.
A new Japanese-led initiative, the GHIT Fund is the world’s first product development fund for global health R&D and aims to advance the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. Through facilitating international partnerships and providing research funding via a grant-making investment mechanism, the GHIT Fund enables Japanese innovation to play a more direct role in reducing health disparities worldwide. Read more