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Archive for 10/2012

Professor brings London’s medical history to life

An updated and expanded edition of Professor Nick Black’s award-winning book, Walking London’s Medical History, is published by CRC Press this week. This guide to the fascinating history of health care from medieval times to the present day features seven walks in central London, each with a key theme. The new edition also covers the care provided for Londoners beyond the city with a motoring tour of Kent covering asylums, military hospitals, convalescent homes and 18th century sea-bathing institutions. The first edition won awards in 2007 at both the BMA and Society of Authors book awards. It also received praise in several media outlets, including Time Out, and coverage on BBC News. Read more

School supports calendar for women in science

A calendar featuring London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine scientists has been launched to raise money for projects that encourage young women and girls to see science as an exciting and productive career choice. Read more

Global Health Lab: Can WHO Survive?

By Amy Potter of the International Centre for Eye Health Can the World Health Organisation survive? With such a provocative title, it was hardly surprising the John Snow auditorium filled up quickly, with NGO representatives , media, and School staff and students. Read more

Val Curtis commended for handwashing work

Val CurtisThe Society of Biology's Science Communication Awards 2012 were announced at a ceremony in London this week. Now in their third year, the science communication awards recognise outstanding science communication work conducted by scientists in the UK to inform, enthuse and engage the wider community. Read more

Blind lunch date for World Sight Day

World Sight Day 1To mark World Sight Day 2012, several of my colleagues and I opted to take our lunch in the LSHTM refectory either blind or visually impaired. The custom glasses that I wore represented advanced bilateral cataract – a clouding of the eye lens that causes almost 50% of blindness globally. With them on, I could see light sources and tell when they were being blocked (i.e. by a person in front of me), but nothing else. Read more

2012 Global Corporate Challenge

Left to right: Doug Parkin, Judith Grant (rep from GCC), Ann Fazakerley This is the second year the school took part in the Global Corporate Challenge event, which is a global initiative to promote health and productivity within the workplace. Participants were encouraged to walking a minimum of 10,000 steps per day monitored by a pedometer. Read more

Alumni Association Quiz and BBQ

Over a hundred students, alumni, staff and friends of the School battled it out at our first ever quiz night and BBQ. Guests gathered at Canal 125, a pub on Caledonian Road, London, and enjoyed food and drinks on the terrace overlooking the canal. Read more