News from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

School awarded 4.2 million GBP to support malaria control

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 named 100 most influential on English health policy and NHS

Nick BlackNick 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

Building the Evidence in Disability report covers

New global measure of disability to guide better inclusion in society for impaired people

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

MRI scan of a person with ALS

New study may change the way researchers look at ALS in future

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

Mental Health for Sustainable Development: joint All-Party Parlimentary Report launched

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

Professor K Srinath Reddy conferred honorary Doctor of Science (Medicine) by HRH Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace

Professor K. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India and an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Medicine) honoris causa by the University of London at a special ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 26 November.
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In the news – media highlights 2014

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…

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Dr Yeung during training with Personal Protective Equipment.

Responding to the Ebola crisis: School volunteer in Sierra Leone

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

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