Electronic cigarettes are currently at the centre of an intense regulatory debate, generating significant interest from the media and the public. The discussion centres on whether e-cigarettes encourage smoking, and whether they should be banned, regulated as consumer products or tobacco products, as medicines, or a combination of different…
The system of Maternal and Perinatal Death Review in Tanzania focuses too much on reporting mechanisms, and undermines opportunities to improve quality of care at hospital level, according to new research published in Tropical Medicine & International Health. Researchers found evidence suggesting a dysfunction in the established system, with poor…
The School recently celebrated national Universities Week, running events to spark conversations about the relevance of our research and its everyday impact on people’s lives.
Have you ever wished that books could explain their stories to you, rather than sitting silently in your hands? On 10 June, 45 visitors flocked to Keppel Street to borrow ten walking, talking, living books (our researchers!) at the Living Library. Read more
Lack of access to family planning services is often considered to be a major reason for women not using contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa. However, health concerns and fear of side effects are now playing a more significant role, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in Unmet Need for Family Planning – a special issue of Studies in Family Planning journal. Read more
Are you one of those people who saunter off on holiday with only sunscreen to protect you, claiming that “mosquitoes never bite me”? Or perhaps you stock up on Marmite and garlic tablets to keep the biters at bay.
Think again! Scientists from arctec, the School’s repellent testing facility, have launched Bug Off, a campaign to highlight the importance of using repellents when travelling to tropical countries where insects spread disease. Read more
Findings suggest vaccine will be effective in other low-income countries
The introduction of a new pneumococcal vaccine in routine immunisation programmes in Kenya reduced levels of the pneumococcal bacterium in two-thirds of the population, both among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. This level of coverage is expected to provide herd protection against pneumococcal disease to the whole population, according to a new study published in The Lancet Global Health.
An innovative research project to improve reproductive health services in Kenya has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The grant, which was awarded to the School, will be used to develop a novel system to capture patient experiences and improve reproductive and sexual health services in Kenya, with a focus on young women who use those services. Read more
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been named as the world’s leading research-focused graduate school, and is now highly rated in a number of world rankings.
In May 2014, the School was ranked 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*.
Eleanor Riley, Professor of Immunology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been recognised for her contribution to the advancement of medical science by election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Academy Fellows are elected for excellence in medical research, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare. Read more
Post submitted by Dr Phil Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Statistics and lead investigator of the LANTERNS project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
In the current economic climate many local authorities are facing reduced budgets and difficult decisions about where savings might be made reducing levels of public services. Street light provision is one such service. But to take decisions on reducing provision of night-time street lighting whilst maintaining public safety requires reliable evidence to be available to local authorities on any impacts on road safety it may have, as well as on other concerns such as crime and fear of crime. Read more