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New global measure of disability to guide better inclusion in society for impaired people

A new standard global measure of disability has been published, allowing better understanding of impairment levels around the world. According to researchers from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the disability charity CBM, the new tool will help policy makers, service providers and researchers to improve planning and advocacy for better inclusion of disabled adults and children across society. Read more

MRI scan of a person with ALS

New study may change the way researchers look at ALS in future

The onset of the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or motor neurone disease) could be a multistep process similar to some cancers, according to research published in The Lancet Neurology. The disease leads to relentless, progressive paralysis of voluntary muscles over months, with an affected person having an average life expectancy of two to five years. Read more

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School ranked highly in US News best global universities

141016-large-globalu-badge-graphicIn November 2014, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was ranked  #91 of all universities in the world by US News Best Global Universities Rankings. In the four subject rankings in which it appeared, the School was ranked #26 in clinical medicine, #17 in immunology, #42 in microbiology, and #3 in the world, after Harvard and Johns Hopkins, for social science and public health. The School is now highly rated in a number of world rankings. In May 2014,  we were rated in the top 10 of all universities both for citation rate and for top cited publications by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database, and fourth in the world, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford and Harvard, for impact in medical sciences in the Leiden Ranking 2014*. Read more

Hong Kong newspaper reports on Prof Peter Piot's visit to symposium, Oct 2014

School experts visit Hong Kong for 2014 East-West Alliance Global Symposia

This week marked the 2014 East-West Alliance Global Symposia, a two-day event aimed at promoting collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between Asia, Europe and North America. Read more

Nick Black and Ben Goldacre included in top 100 clinical leaders for second year running

Nick Black and Ben GoldacreHealth Service Journal (HSJ) has included two experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in a list of 100 individuals making the greatest impact on health policy, service transformation, and innovation. Nick Black, Professor of Health Services Research, and Dr Ben Goldacre, Wellcome Research Fellow at the School, were honoured by the HSL’s Clinical Leaders list for the second year running. Read more

Boy collecting clean water from a pond sand filter, Islampu village, Koyra, Bangladesh, 2011

Trial shows stronger sanitation interventions are needed to realise potential health gains

By Oliver Cumming, Friday 10 October, 2014: Today the journal Lancet Global Health published the results of a cluster-randomised controlled trial for the effect of sanitation on a range of health outcomes in a rural setting in Odisha state in eastern India [1]. Read more

£15 million awarded by BBSRC for 30 PhD studentships annually

15 Sammy Ayalew Assefa 1 Thirty PhD studentships will be available annually for the next five years in the areas of health, agriculture and food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, funded by a £15 million grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Read more

Leading health experts urge European governments to “mobilise all possible resources” to fight Ebola epidemic

Image: European Union flagsLeading health experts have urged EU Member States to “mobilise all possible resources” to assist West Africans in controlling the Ebola epidemic, in an open letter published in The Lancet. The letter is signed by 44 prominent academics, clinicians, and health professionals from 16 European countries, including Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and President Elect of the European Public Health Association. Read more

NHS contribution to the Ebola epidemic

Image: Ebolavirus. Credit: Frederick A Murphy

Ebola virus

As the Ebola outbreak continues to claim lives in West Africa, experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are calling for the NHS to make a greater contribution to helping those affected. Professor David Moore, Dr Ron Behrens, and Dr Catherine Houlihan urge the NHS and the government to do more to enable NHS staff to take temporary leave of absence in order to go and provide medical support in the affected countries. This article was originally published in the BMJ as a response to a previous editorial. Read more