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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

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

Gates Round table

Bill Gates visits our malaria vector control trials site in Tanzania

Bill Gates visits our malaria vector control trials site in Tanzania By Professor Mark RowlandBill Gates made a special visit on 25 July to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s malaria vector research programme in Moshi, northern Tanzania. Read more

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Study identifies EU policy shift on tobacco control after massive industry lobbying

A new study has tracked how the dominance of language that first appeared in tobacco industry’s submissions gradually crept into the final drafts of the European tobacco directive passed by the European parliament earlier this year. Using a word coding technique, researchers tracked how the European Commission’s drafts…




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TB patient in Mumbai. Credit: WHO/Rochkind

How to hinder tuberculosis control: five easy steps

Tuberculosis (TB) control remains an important global issue, with 8.6 million TB cases reported by the World Health Organization in 2012 and 1.3 million deaths from the disease. Over 95% of tuberculosis deaths occur in low-and-middle-income countries.

Writing in an article for The Lancet, the…




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