News from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

New research shows how Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme mutations protect against malaria

Plasmodium falciparum - credit Samana Schwank, LSHTMA new study in Tanzania led by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has provided insights into how gene mutations associated with deficiency in a vital blood enzyme, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, can protect against malaria. Read more

UK doctors are care givers, not border guards

2015-02-25 Chelsea blog 2Edited from an article by Chelsea Radler published by Doctors of the World: Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at Doctors of the World’s London clinic, published this week, shows that undocumented migrants face multiple barriers, including misinformation and rejection from GP services. Read more

MRI scan of a person with ALS

Head trauma in sport and neurodegenerative disease

As the Six Nations rugby union championship continues amid much concern about concussions caused on the field, a team of leading epidemiologists have called for a major research effort to explore the links between head injuries in sport and long-term links to neurodegenerative disease. Writing in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Queen Mary University of London say that while there is a great deal of evidence about the short-term effects of head injury, there is relatively little known about the long-term effects on cognitive function, dementia, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Read more

School partners in 24.6 million euro TB vaccine development project

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a partner in a major TB vaccine initiative consortium, which has been granted a total of 24.6 million euros  from the European Commission and other government sources to discover and develop new tuberculosis vaccines.

Hazel Dockrell, Helen Fletcher and Greg Bancroft at the School are leading on three separate projects as part of the TBVAC2020 programme, which uses innovative approaches and preclinical models for vaccine development. Read more

Prof Martin MvKee is awarded the 2015 Donabedian International Award

Martin McKee receives healthcare excellence award

Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the School, has been presented with the 2015 Donabedian International Award for his contribution to healthcare excellence at a ceremony in the Palau de la Música de Barcelona. Read more

Mother-to-child transmission responsible annually for up to 5,000 new Hepatitis C virus infections among Egyptian children

Hepatitis C virus Credit: Flickr/AJC1Up to 5,000 new Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections occur in Egypt annually as a result of mother-to-child transmission, according to a new study by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), published in the journal Hepatology. Read more