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Archive for 12/2012

Free bus travel is a lifeline for older people: new study

London busesWith fares spiralling upward and new proposals to limit free travel for pensioners and younger people, our Transport and Health Group has been evaluating the impacts of free bus travel for children and older people on public health, as well as economic costs and benefits. Working in partnership with the Institute of Child Health at University College London and the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the 3-year On the Buses project is producing some fascinating findings, which researchers hope will inform future transport policy. Read more

Global Burden of Disease results describe a rapidly changing picture of health

Global Burden of Disease press conference The results of the largest ever effort to assess the state of people’s health were released at a press conference at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on Thursday 13 December. Likened to the sequencing of the human genome in terms of significance, the Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD 2010) describes how the world has made significant progress in addressing some of the greatest causes of death in both children and adults over the past 20 years, but the successes have varied across regions, with sub-Saharan African regions continuing to fall behind. Read more

Wellcome Trust award for Polly Roy

Polly Roy, Professor of Virology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has been selected for a Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust for her research into bluetongue virus. The funding will enable Professor Roy to explore how complex viruses successfully invade host cells, replicate and cause disease and investigate how this information can be used to better control virus outbreaks. Read more