The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections (GAHI), based in the Department for Disease Control at the School and led by Prof. Simon Brooker, have launched a new website.
ThisWormyWorld.org is a leading resource on the geographical distribution of neglected tropical diseases, and now searching for maps and data is even easier. Read more
£2.2 million has been awarded to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine by the Medical Research Council for bioinformatics research.
The funding, which was announced last week by the Minister for Science and Universities, the Rt Hon David Willetts, is part of a £9 million package awarded to partners that include Queen Mary University of London, UCL, the Francis Crick Institute, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute. Read more
Removing patient fees for public sector healthcare in rural Ghana improved health seeking behaviour, lowered out-of-pocket spending, and reduced anaemia but only in a group of children with the poorest health, according to a new study published in the Journal of Development Economics.
The study, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, contributes to the long-standing debate on user fees in Africa and is one of the first studies of a health financing intervention to report on objective measures of child health status. Read more
The School has been awarded several grants from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Department of Health.
The funding, which totals over £10m, will be held in partnership with Public Health England and used to form three new Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs) aimed at strengthening research across a range of public health priority areas.
The Young Scientists Programme has enjoyed a successful year, hosting 33 state secondary school students for work experience at the School throughout 2013.
The Programme has recently secured funding until 2018, allowing the School to continue providing the inspiration and guidance to encourage young people to continue with science education.
This year’s students were all between the ages of 14-18 and came from ten different schools across London and nearby areas. Each student spent one to two weeks working on a research project and then presenting their results in pairs, supported by volunteer mentors – our staff and students. Read more
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‘The changing face of Britain’ has received a lot press in 2013, centred on immigration, employment and benefit related issues. Less attention has been paid to the impact of changing demographics on public health. One group with particular interest in ethnicity and public health is the School’s Transport and Health Group. Read more
Children with disabilities are being denied an education across the developing world, according to a new report from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the child rights organisation, Plan International.
Research – led by Dr Hannah Kuper, Director of the School’s International Centre for Evidence in Disability – found that children with disabilities are 10 times less likely to attend school than children without disabilities. Even when children with disabilities do access education, they often fall behind their peers. Read more
Having sex within a committed relationship or sex which is emotionally or psychologically connected are the most important things gay and bisexual men look for in their sex life, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
While a large body of research has sought to understand HIV transmission risk behaviours among gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, less attention has been paid to their wider sexual health and wellbeing. This new study, published in BMC Public Health, is among the first to provide evidence that will inform HIV prevention work that supports a more holistic sense of sexual wellbeing. Read more
It's been a bumper year for media coverage at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. These are the top 10 highlights from 2013. Read more
Flusurvey, run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has teamed up with the British Science Association to monitor the spread of the flu virus in schools at a national level for the first time.
Young people are being encouraged to become ‘citizen scientists’ by signing up to the survey and sharing data about how they feel every week. The project will provide critical insight into the spread of flu and engage young people first-hand in science. Read more