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Aurora leadership development initiative launched at the School

Aurora participants with Joy Lawn and Theresa MellonThe School has appointed four women to the Aurora programme, the new leadership development initiative for women, run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Aurora aims to enable a wider range of women in academic and professional roles to become future leaders, developing their skills and advancing their institutions. The School will appoint four women per year to the scheme for three years. The first participants are Dr Natasha Howard, Lecturer in Global Health and Conflict, Dr Cecile Knai, Lecturer in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy, Dr Tanya Marchant, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control, and Dr Kalpana Sabapathy, Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH), is the Aurora champion for the School. Read more

The drugs don’t work: the global threat of antimicrobial resistance

The Drugs Don't Work book jacketWe are facing an 'apocalyptic' threat from antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new book by England’s Chief Medical Officer. In The Drugs Don’t Work, published today, Professor Dame Sally Davies highlights how the misuse of antibiotics by patients and doctors has led to the emergence and spread of pathogen strains that cannot be controlled by currently available medicines. And unless we urgently research and develop new treatments, we risk soaring mortality from routine infections within a generation. Read more

Book round-up: disgust, nutrition and conflict

Don't Look Don't Touch coverDisgust, nutrition and conflict feature in this month’s round-up, with the release of two new books written by or with contributions from School researchers, plus an award for another recently published title. In her new book, Don’t Look Don’t Touch: the science behind revulsion, Dr Val Curtis argues that harnessing the disgust response can help to ensure the success of hygiene and healthcare programmes worldwide. She draws on the work of biologists and animal behaviourists to explain the evolutionary value of disgust and how it can be utilised in work to reduce infectious diseases. Read more