News from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Image: Ebola virus. Credit: CDC

Independent panel on the global response to Ebola

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Harvard Global Health Institute have convened an Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. The Panel is holding its inaugural meeting in Boston this weekend. It will analyse the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offer workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them. Read more

Dr Anna Goodman and Professor Dame Sally Macintyre at the ceremony (Dr Goodman wears the heirloom pendent). Credit: Kiki von Glasow, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre

Anna Goodman receives Suffrage Science award

The School’s Dr Anna Goodman has been recognised for her research at an event celebrating the achievements of leading women scientists. She was among 12 scientists in the fields of engineering, physical sciences and medicine, to be presented with a piece of Suffrage Science heirloom jewellery at the award ceremony, which took place at the Royal Society on International Women’s Day. The event was supported by the Medical Research Council, the Royal Society and L’Oréal. Read more

Image: Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB. Credit: Flicker/NIAID.

How can we reach, treat and cure everyone with TB?

Progress against tuberculosis (TB) is being threatened by drug resistance and all patients with the disease should be tested to find out which treatments they respond to, according to a publication in the BMJ. As World TB Day approaches with this year’s theme of “reaching, treating and curing everyone”, David Moore, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and co-authors James Millard and Cesar Ugarte-Gil set out current challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and control of multidrug resistant tuberculosis globally. Read more

NHS blue lanyard. Credit: Flickr/comedy_nose

Politicians must trust in “brilliant, innovative, and enterprising NHS staff”, says leading expert

The next UK Government must trust in NHS staff and local solutions, while nurturing leaders “from ward to board”, according to a leading expert in English health policy and the NHS. Writing in The Lancet, Nick Black, Professor of Health Services Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, says that The NHS’s future depends on its staff who need to be “helped and encouraged rather than constantly judged and criticised.” Read more

Two Syrian women wait to collect a prescription at a health clinic in Bekaa Valley Lebanon - credit Flickr/Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

Responding to non-communicable diseases in the Syrian health crisis

As the health situation of internally displaced people and refugees in Syria continues to deteriorate, experts in humanitarian crises and conflict from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are calling for urgent action on the issue of non-communicable diseases. Writing in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine with colleagues from the Syrian American Medical Society in the US and the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, Dr Karl Blanchet and Dr Adam Coutts from the School say that while much focus has been on disorders such as leishmaniasis and poliomyelitis, many less visible and untreated non-communicable disorders – such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental health issues – are also highly prevalent in Syria and have caused the deaths and disability of thousands. Read more

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