News from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

GHIT Fund calls for greater collaboration to tackle infectious diseases

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

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Global Health Forum advances Nagasaki partnership

Chris Parry, who recently joined the School as a joint Professor in Clinical Tropical Medicine, based at Nagasaki University, reflects on a week of high-level academic partnership building.  The School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health is a new venture at Nagasaki University supported by the government of Japan, with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a key partner. Read more

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School ranked highly in US News best global universities

141016-large-globalu-badge-graphicIn November 2014, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was ranked  #91 of all universities in the world by US News Best Global Universities Rankings. In the four subject rankings in which it appeared, the School was ranked #26 in clinical medicine, #17 in immunology, #42 in microbiology, and #3 in the world, after Harvard and Johns Hopkins, for social science and public health. The School is now highly rated in a number of world rankings. In May 2014,  we were rated in the top 10 of all universities both for citation rate and for top cited publications by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database, and fourth in the world, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford and Harvard, for impact in medical sciences in the Leiden Ranking 2014*. Read more

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School experts visit Hong Kong for 2014 East-West Alliance Global Symposia

This week marked the 2014 East-West Alliance Global Symposia, a two-day event aimed at promoting collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between Asia, Europe and North America. Read more

Nick Black and Ben Goldacre included in top 100 clinical leaders for second year running

Nick Black and Ben GoldacreHealth Service Journal (HSJ) has included two experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in a list of 100 individuals making the greatest impact on health policy, service transformation, and innovation. Nick Black, Professor of Health Services Research, and Dr Ben Goldacre, Wellcome Research Fellow at the School, were honoured by the HSL’s Clinical Leaders list for the second year running. Read more

Vikram Patel awarded Institute of Medicine’s 2014 Sarnat Prize for Global Mental Health

Vikram Patel_2Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Public Health Foundation of India, has been awarded the 2014 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health by the Institute of Medicine. Read more

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School staff take 337 million steps to success in 2014 Global Corporate Challenge

Staff at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have once again stepped up to the Global Corporate Challenge, collectively clocking up 337,620,126 steps in 100 days this summer – more than enough to walk, swim and cycle several times around the world. 245 School staff in 35 teams took part in this year’s challenge, breaking last year’s record to come second in the UK and the third most active education institution in the world!  Read more

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Trial shows stronger sanitation interventions are needed to realise potential health gains

By Oliver Cumming, Friday 10 October, 2014: Today the journal Lancet Global Health published the results of a cluster-randomised controlled trial for the effect of sanitation on a range of health outcomes in a rural setting in Odisha state in eastern India [1]. Read more

Mobile phones for family planning

Max Perutz 2014 logoDr Chris Smith, MRC Research Fellow in Population Health at the School, was shortlisted for the 2014 MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award, just missing out on the top prize. Here is his essay... Read more