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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

The Maasai Cricket Warriors on the steps of the School with Prof Peter Piot

Maasai Cricket Warriors batting for HIV awareness

The Maasai Cricket Warriors visited the School and met with Professor Peter Piot to discuss HIV/AIDS prevention, during a trip to the UK where they have been taking part in the Last Man Stands amateur cricket world championships. Read more

PhD student takes her research to Parliament

Julie BristowResearch into manipulating the behaviour of flies that spread the blinding disease trachoma was presented in Parliament this week. Julie Bristow, a PhD student at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, presented her findings to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges as part of SET for Britain – a poster competition in the House of Commons involving almost 200 early career researchers. Trachoma is the most common infectious cause of blindness in the world. It is known to affect more than 21 million people but it is estimated that an additional 180 million people worldwide live in areas where trachoma is highly prevalent and are at risk of going blind. Read more

Principles of Medicine in Africa 4th edition published

Book coverPrinciples of Medicine in Africa (4th Edition) is published this week by Cambridge University Press. Edited by David Mabey and Chris Whitty from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, along with Geoff Gill (University of Liverpool) and Martin Weber (World Health Organization, Jakarta), the book combines classical clinical medicine with a rich understanding of the major environmental and cultural influences on health and disease. Read more

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