By Dr Kirstin Mitchell, Lecturer in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the School.
I was disheartened to learn last week that the US Federal Drug Administration approved flibanserin for treatment of low female sexual desire. The decision was claimed as a victory for women. But as a researcher working in sexual dysfunction and interested in the medicalisation of sex, the victory tasted a little bitter. Read more
By Dr Ankur Gupta-Wright, Clinical Research Fellow at the School.
Recent positive results from the Guinea Ebola vaccine trial, which suggested a vaccine could provide high protection against the virus, were welcome news. However, it’s also essential that we continue to carry out research to ensure Ebola patients are receiving appropriate care and effective treatment. Read more
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been ranked top university in Europe for research impact in all fields (ahead of Oxford and Cambridge) in the 2015 CWTS Leiden Ranking. The School is also ranked 6th overall in the world for impact based on the top 1% of published papers in all fields (after MIT, Harvard, Caltech, Stanford and Berkeley), 3rd in the world for biomedical and health sciences (after only MIT and Caltech) and 5th in the world overall for collaborative research. Read more
Two of the School’s ongoing healthcare projects, Flusurvey and Peek, form part of an exciting new exhibition at the Science Museum.
The free permanent exhibition Who am I? invites visitors to explore the science behind our identity through objects, artworks and hands-on exhibits. As part of this exhibition, a new display entitled Too Much Information? Health Tests Today questions the future availability of healthcare in our homes, now that technology has made medical devices smaller, cheaper, and faster. Read more
Contributed by Dina Balabanova and Fiona Campbell: Our Faculty of Public Health and Policy held its annual research day on Monday 29 June, focused on the theme of 'Health and Social Systems'. Speakers from across the Faculty addressed the issue of how to make sense of health systems and explain why seemingly well-designed policies lead to unintended consequences. Read more
Tanzania has achieved Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 for child survival, but there has been insufficient progress in reducing maternal and newborn deaths in the country, according to a case study published in The Lancet Global Health to mark International Day of the African Child.
The country was selected as a Countdown to 2015 case study, in which researchers collected and analysed the best available data from 1990 (MDG baseline) to 2014. They assessed changes in maternal, newborn and child mortality, looked at the reasons behind these changes, and identified which groups were being left behind. Read more
Intimate partner violence (physical or sexual harm by a current or former partner or spouse) affects nearly one in three women worldwide within their lifetime, but this can vary hugely between countries and even neighbourhoods. New research from the School and the University of Oslo has revealed underlying gender factors, which may help to explain this diverse geographical distribution and advise future prevention measures. Read more
The UK Government must face growing evidence in support of taxes on unhealthy food and drinks, according to a new report co-authored by Dr Laura Cornelsen and Angela Carriedo from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
The paper, published by the Food Research Collaboration (FRC), reviews the impact of taxes overseas and concludes that the growing obesity epidemic must be tackled by making unhealthy products with low nutritional value more expensive to reduce their consumption.
Professor Charlotte Watts has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, in recognition of her excellence in medical research.
This year, 48 new Fellows were elected for their contribution to the advancement of medical science. Prof Watts follows Prof Eleanor Riley, who was elected into the Fellowship this time last year.
Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “The Academy of Medical Sciences champions the excellence and diversity of medical science in the UK, and this is clearly demonstrated in this year’s cohort of new Fellows. Their election is a much deserved honour, and I know they will contribute greatly to the Academy. I am delighted to welcome them all to the Fellowship, and look forward to working with them in the future.” Read more
The School’s Director, Prof Peter Piot charts the social, political and human history of the AIDS epidemic in his newly released book, AIDS Between Science and Politics, which also looks at the ongoing challenges in tackling the disease.
Prof Piot, who was the founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recounts his experience as a clinician, scientist, and activist tackling the disease from its onset in the early 1980s to today. The AIDS pandemic was not only disruptive to the health of millions worldwide, but also fractured international relations, global access to new technologies, and public health policies in nations across the globe. As he struggled to get ahead of the disease, Prof Piot found science does little good when it operates independently of politics and economics, and politics is worthless if it rejects scientific evidence and respect for human rights. Read more