Views from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Patient power and ethnic diversity

A delegate’s view of the Society for Social Medicine 2012 Conference plenary speakers by Jessica Sheringham (from the joint UCL-LSHTM local organising committee) Martin Gorsky’s Capital Connections history of Society for Social Medicine conferences in London was a revelation for newer members. Our origins as a “more or less informal” club with 30 founding members seemed a long way from the 2012 conference of 300 delegates in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s John Snow lecture theatre. Read more

The science and politics of happiness and wellbeing

Submitted by Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram, a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in ethics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Earlier this year, I was awarded a Wellcome Trust fellowship at POST, the Parliament Office of Science and Technology. This office produces briefing papers and reports on cutting edge scientific issues for both the House of Commons and Lords. For a little over four months, I worked on a briefing paper titled ‘Measuring National Wellbeing’, which was published today. If you are from the UK, you may recognise this as having to do with the press coverage of David Cameron’s happiness agenda. Or, you may have heard of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index. But there is much more to the story - after all, what does happiness have to do with science? Read more

Politicians must make the most of London 2012 success

Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, shares his thoughts on London 2012 so far... Something quite remarkable has happened to me in the past 10 days. Normally I find televised sport barely more exciting than watching paint dry and I share Dr Samuel Johnson's view that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Yet, somehow, I've found myself avidly watching sports events that, if I knew they existed (omnium, keirin?) I certainly didn’t understand the rules. Now I'm even beginning to understand what the judges are looking for in gymnastics, beyond not falling off the apparatus. So what has happened? Read more

Super Saturday at the Olympics

Ruth McNerney currently works in the Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology as a senior lecturer. She is also a trustee of TB Alert, the UKs national (and international) TB charity that is working to support TB patients in East London. She was at the Olympic Park for 'Super Saturday'... Read more

In memoriam: Amanda Berger

Students and staff have paid tribute to Amanda Berger, who passed away on 14 April from an acute viral infection. Amanda was studying for her MSc in Public Health. Read more