Around 200 science enthusiasts flocked to hear Dr Alma Adler, Dr Ken Eames and Dr James Logan talk about their latest research at the annual Cheltenham Science Festival.
This year the festival, dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of science’, attracted 46,000 visitors and included exhibits, talks and interactive workshops on subjects as diverse as the botany of gin, the colour of music, and particle physics for beginners. Read more
Proportion of short trips taken by bus boosted, but overall distance walked remains the same.
Free bus travel for young people benefits the environment and may help curb road traffic injuries, according to an analysis of the free bus scheme for young Londoners, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Read more
Nick Black, Professor of Health Services Research, and Dr Ben Goldacre, Wellcome Research Fellow at the School, have been selected for the inaugural Health Service Journal (HSJ) Clinical Leaders list. Read more
The UK Government has launched the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. The independent group of influential experts will review research evidence and provide global leadership for investments and policies in agriculture to support nutrition and help eradicate hunger. Read more
Some of the world’s poorest countries have managed to cut maternal and young child mortality rates by half or more, according to a new Countdown to 2015 report produced by a global collaboration including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, with Professor Joy Lawn on the report author team. However, there are still key areas such as newborn mortality, undernutrition, and access to family planning that need to be urgently addressed. Read more
Failure to use linked electronic health records may lead to biased estimates of the numbers of heart attacks and outcomes, according to new research published in the BMJ.
Led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the study shows that up to 50% of all heart attack cases in England are missed using just one data source. These findings may also be relevant to other common conditions, such as stroke, and support the wider use of linked multiple record sources by clinicians, policy makers and researchers. Read more
Not only are women who have experienced violence from their partner (intimate partner violence) at higher risk of becoming depressed, but women who are depressed may also be at increased risk of experiencing intimate partner violence, according to a study led by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Read more
Every year we celebrate our birthdays but for millions of people, the day of new life is robbed of celebration. Maternal, newborn, child deaths and stillbirths are major contributors to ill-health worldwide and account for over nine million deaths every year, most of which are preventable. Happier birth days are dependent on improving the health of babies, girls, and women around the world. Read more
A new international consortium that aims to develop effective treatments for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) has been launched. The AfriCoLeish consortium brings together six leading institutions from East Africa and Europe, including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The project, which is funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme through a grant of €3 million (£2,559,234), runs for three years and will also look at co-infection of the disease with HIV. Read more
The European Commission needs to make some key innovations in its science funding programme if Europe is to enjoy the full benefits of the €70 billion to be spent on science research as part of the Horizon 2020 programme kicking off in 2014, according to an academic paper published by SAGE in the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy.
The Commission has already taken important steps to reduce administration costs and stimulate the participation of small business in research, but there are still significant gaps, say the authors of Europe’s ‘Horizon 2020’ science funding programme: How is it shaping up? Read more