11 – 17 September 2017

A study presenting findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, co-led by the School, which finds British women living with a partner are more than twice as likely to lack interest in sex compared to men living with a partner, and that a significant number people found it distressing not to be interested in sex, is covered widely. Outlets include: Forbes, BBC News, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times, The Independent, The Sun, Metro, Newsweek, USA Today and NHS Choices.

Peter Piot is interviewed by The Economist about a new Gates Foundation report from that spells out the biggest risks to future progress on tackling disease and poverty. On the prevalence of HIV in Africa, alongside the growing youth population on the continent, Peter says: “If we continue to do what we are doing now—which is already a considerable effort—that is not going to be good enough.”

Peter also writes a joint piece for the Conversation post the launch of a major new Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa. The Financial Times, KBC, Xinhua and myjoyonline also cover the launch of the report which was co-authored by the School.

Rashida Ferrand is interviewed by BBC World Service Radio’s Focus on Africa programme on her research which investigated how to combat the rising death rate of adolescents living with HIV since they were children: “The striking finding is that over the past 10 years, mortality rates in older children and adolescents has continued to rise whereas we have seen a drop in mortality rates in infants and adults. One reason for this is that adolescents and older children find it difficult to adhere to their treatments.”

Heidi Larson appears on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire (19m 20s) show to discuss the tough measures taken by some European countries against parents who don’t get their children vaccinated. Heidi is also interviewed by BBC World Service’s Newshour (20min) about the development of new technology to make all vaccinations single jabs, potentially removing the need for boosters. Heidi says: “On one hand there’s useful issues on access if you do it all at one time…but we are already getting from the public some resistance to there being too many vaccines in one injection.”

Heidi also co-writes a blog with Neisha Sundaram for The Straits Times (Singapore) on innovation in public health: “Let us not let more people succumb to infectious diseases while hesitating to adopt available life-saving innovations.”

Mark Petticrew is interviewed by BBC World Service Radio’s Health Check, following his study that found the alcohol industry is misrepresenting evidence about the alcohol-related risk of cancer: “Most people do drink, most people drink at low levels. This isn’t an anti-alcohol study, this isn’t even an anti-alcohol industry study, but it’s about how consumers should be given accurate information about the risks of the products they consume.”

Cicely Marston is quoted by Mosaic in an article investigating the challenges women face in accessing abortion and contraception in India and the USA: “If you are really genuinely anti-abortion then it makes sense to increase access to contraception to as many people as possible.”

Martin McKee writes for BMJ blogs on the WHO Europe Committee meeting in Budapest where priorities on the Sustainable Development Goals were set out.

Mike Galsworthy, visiting researcher and founder of Scientists4EU records a podcast for The Guardian, discussing how leaving the EU will affect universities and research.

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Emeritus Professor Raja Varma takes a walk down memory lane

Emeritus Professor Raja Varma takes a nostalgic trip back to when he first came to study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the 1950s.

“In 1952 I was working as a Research Fellow in the All Institute of Hygiene and Public Health in Calcutta (Kolkata) when I applied for and received a Colombo Plan Fellowship (the second batch of Fellows) to study in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The Colombo Plan was an integrated master plan involving foreign aid and technical assistance for the economic and social development of the region. I left Calcutta early in October 1952 on the ship SS Canton travelling first class with two other Fellows, Mr Banerjee, a telephone engineer from Calcutta and Mr Razvi, Minister for Labour in the Mysore (now Karnataka) government India, and on 19 October was met at Tilbury Docks by a representative of the British Council. The lady who looked after us at the British Council was Miss Goodhart. The following morning we were booked into a B&B hotel in Tavistock Square. I had contacted Mr Balaram (an old friend) who was already in the UK and he took me to another B&B in Earls Court.

The next day I was taken to the School and met Professor Buxton, the Head of the Medical Entomology Department, and Dr (later Professor) Bertram. Major Leeson was the Senior Lecturer and Sid Smith was the Chief Technician, both of whom are no longer with us. The Department shared the third floor with the Department of Helminthology (headed by Professor Buckley, followed by Professor Nelson and Professor Webbe) and the Department of Protozoology (headed by Colonel (Dr) HE Shortt, followed by Professor Garnham and Professor Lumsden). The reader in Helminthology was Dr Le Roux, a chain smoking South African who kept tanks of snails for his study of schistosomiasis. It used to be said that people working on the third floor late at night could sense Dr Le Roux’s ghost walking the corridors.

The School in those days was different from what it is now. The porter in the front office was Mr Flatman, a genial ex-police sergeant from the Met, who used to spend his spare time shadow boxing, and the telephone operator was Mr Archard, who incidentally spoke excellent French. Some of the School staff may still remember him. The telephone exchange, if one could call it that, was a cubby hole next to the west side lift on the second floor. Mr Archard could recognise the voices of every single member of the School. Mr Archard and the telephone exchange subsequently came down to the front office. I wonder if he is still alive.

The Dean of the School was Dr Andrew Topping, the Registrar was Mrs Young and Mrs Shaw was the lady who dealt with student affairs. The librarian was Cyril Barnard; Brian Furner may remember him. I registered for my Ph.D with Professor Buxton and Dr Bertram. The other Ph.D. students were Mr Naidu from Hyderabad, the late Marco Giglioli who married Jean May, a senior technician who used to cook him meals in his room, Mary Harrison, who after finishing her Ph.D. with Professor Jimmy Busvine, emigrated to Canada, Anne Hudson who also did her Ph.D. with Jimmy Busvine and went on to work with Vincent Dethier at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (she lives in Canada now) , the late Donald Minter who finished his Ph.D. as an external student at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi.

Jimmy Busvine was quite a character and he could walk along the narrow ledge outside the windows of the third floor laboratory. The refectory was on the ground floor, where I think, the accounts offices are now. The Finance Officer was Leslie Ponsford who also looked after the Winches Farm Field Station in St. Albans and the accountant was Mr Ollive.

Tottenham Court Road still had bombed sites and prefab buildings on the west side, where you could get fish and chips wrapped in newspaper from Jack’s fish bar. I think there is a Boots and a cinema there now. There was a furniture store, Wolfe and Hollander at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Store Street. I had digs in Golders Green and in the evenings went for a meal either in the Forte cafe (there is a men’s clothing store there now, I think) where the Irish waitress used to serve me an extra vol-au-vent for free, the Lyons Corner house Brasserie at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street where in the basement while eating your meal you could listen to a young lady playing the electric organ, or the Swiss restaurant in St. Giles Circus (where the Centre Point now stands) now run by an elderly Austrian and his two young daughters  where you could eat a Vienna steak, the precursor of the modern hamburger with set Bulgarian yoghurt (there was no other yoghurt available).

The weekends were difficult, usually coming to the School saving myself a shilling, which had to be put in the slot meter for the fire for one hour. In the afternoons, keeping myself warm by going to the one-shilling cinema in Oxford Street where one could sit for hours in the warmth and watch the news and serials such as the Perils of Pauline.  I forget what the latter was about.

Goodge Street was the trolley bus terminal for trolley buses coming from Aldgate East and there were overhead cables all the way from Aldgate East. Gower Street and Malet Street were two-way. In those days all restaurants were closed on Christmas day and the only place you could get a meal were pubs open in the evenings where one could get a ham sandwich.”

Feature image provided by Emeritus Professor Raja Varma 

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LSHTM Population Studies Group Seminar : Postponement and limitation of births during fertility transition : 1pm, Friday 29th September

Professor Ian Timaeus

Professor of Demography

Department of Population Health, LSHTM

Bennett Room (LG80), Keppel Street



This presentation examines changes in parity progression and the length of birth intervals during fertility transition in the developing world. The analysis uses the data from 295 fertility surveys conducted between the 1970s and 2016 to produce nationally-representative estimates for 78 different countries. Birth intervals are shown to be lengthening almost everywhere in a way that is inconsistent with conventional accounts that assume that women only use birth control to control the number and spacing of their children. Fertility in sub-Saharan Africa is falling in the absence of parity-specific limitation of family size. Possible reasons for this and implications of the findings are discussed.

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Staff & Student Photo Competition 2017: the results!

This summer we introduced a new photo competition, inviting staff & students to submit photos across three categories, representing a typical day working or studying at the School; showing research and projects in the field; or of adolescents, women, newborns and children.

Each category was judged by a separate panel, and with no shortage of entries in all three categories, the judges had some difficult decisions to make; however we are delighted to announce the following as the winning photos:

Category 1: A typical day working/studying at the School

Student winner: Lou Herman – Blue-white screening of Escherichia coli colonies for positive clones

Staff winner: Stephanie Nofal – Penicilium notatum producing symmetrical beads of what Alexander Flemming called “mold juice” – otherwise known as penicillin

Category 2: Research and projects in the field

Student winner: Maria Calderon Cahua – Fieldwork in Amantani, Peru, with volunteers using ODK technology to perform the questionnaire

Staff winner: Sadia Saeed – Glittery hands – understanding the spread of germs through games in a public engagement activity in Pakistan

Category 3: Adolescents, women, newborns, and children

Winner: Maria Calderon Cahua

As well as winning the student prize for Category 2, MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health student Maria was named winner in this category kindly sponsored by the MARCH Centre. Maria’s photo, taken during her MSc project fieldwork, captures the look of a little boy watching the team while they interviewed his mother.

Describing her research, Maria writes: “Our study aim was to describe the health needs of and indigenous population living in Amantani, an island located at 3854 meters above sea level in Lake Titicaca. We used a questionnaire based on a national survey of Peru that underwent expert and fieldwork validation. We selected a random sample of the island residents using a two-stage cluster sampling and estimated the prevalence of the keys health needs determinants”.


We’d like to thank all the staff and students who submitted their entries to the competition. Here is a selection of some of the other excellent entries we received across the three categories:

Constructing a literature search for a systematic review: part 1, preparation

What this series of posts are about

This is the first in a series of blog posts detailing how to put together a literature search for a systematic review (SR). The Information Services Team in the Library are often asked for practical examples and texts to guide others through the process and I have not been able to find anything that brings things together in one place; all the information is scattered throughout books and journal articles. Plus they tend to be rather abstract and theoretical. Therefore, this will follow the process through a real-life example as I construct and run a search for STRIVE. Thank you to the STRIVE team for permission to write this series of blogs about their research.

About me

My name is Jane Falconer and I have been a medical librarian for 20 years. I lead the User Support & Information Services Team in the library and one of our services is to support researchers conducting systematic reviews. I have also worked with School research groups to construct searches for them, for example I ran the search for evidence behind the Lancet Planetary Health Commission Report, and the systematic reviews behind the WHO Guidelines on Hepatitis B and C Testing.

Preparing to start a SR search

When I am asked to put together a search, I usually know nothing about the topic: I’m a librarian, not a researcher. Therefore, I always have to spend a bit of time getting to understand the subject that is being reviewed. This is what this first post in the series deals with.

The preparation is key in putting together a literature search. Spending some time at the beginning of the process agreeing in the group about what is and is not covered by the review saves a lot of time later on. It’s impossible to put together an effective search if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Over the years I have put together the questionnaire below which I run through with the research group. Having it written down means that I don’t forget to ask something. Having it on a document means that I can also add to it as the project advances. I’ve added some comments about some of the questions beneath.

About the project

Do you have a protocol/proposal/terms of reference? It is best practice to publish a SR protocol. PRISMA have published a reporting tool for protocols which can be registered on PROSPERO. If an SR has been commissioned, the funders may have produced a protocol or some terms of reference.

When do you need the search to be completed by? Some funders set very tight deadlines and often researchers underestimate how long it will take to construct and run the search.

Do the funders recommend you follow any particular methodological guidelines for their SRs? Some funders specify that you follow guidelines such as PRISMA or Cochrane.

If not, would you like to follow any recognised guidance?

Questions to be answered by the SR

Give me as much detail about the topic as you can. This is important, particularly for me as I have no subject knowledge. I need to know exactly what the SR covers and what it does not. I often ask researchers for lists of terms, such as names of tests or types of equipment or drugs. It’s good to know what is not included. The more information I can gather the better.

What are the inclusion and exclusion criteria? This is the criteria the screeners will use to decide if a paper is relevant to the review and often includes the following (not all of these categories need an answer):

Age range of participants 

Date range Don’t choose an arbitrary date range, such as ‘last 10 years’. The date range should be meaningful to the topic so that anything published before then would not be relevant, eg anything published after a change in practice.

Countries/regions of interest

Study types


Grey literature to be included?

Sources to be searched This is the list of databases and other sources you will search. This is defined by the topic and also by the amount of time you have to do the review.


How are the results to be shared with the rest of the team? I usually share the results in an EndNote file, but I have worked with teams who preferred the references in an Excel spreadsheet.

Details of sample references

I always ask for references to other SRs on similar topics and lists of papers which the group already knows about which pass their inclusion and exclusion criteria. These are useful for building the initial search.

After conversations with the team, here is the information I have about the STRIVE project so far.

About the project

Do you have a protocol/proposal/terms of reference? I have a project outline which has been written and agreed by all project members.

When do you need the search to be completed by? End of September 2017

Do the funders recommend you follow any particular methodological guidelines for their SRs? No.

If not, would you like to follow any recognised guidance? PRISMA

Questions to be answered by the SR

Give me as much detail about the topic as you can. 

This will be a technical brief with an SR. Secondary output is for a book chapter.

Topic: Effects of interventions for structural drivers of HIV in adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa


Adolescents, age 10-24, any study which includes this age range even if the study looks at a wider age range.

Sub-Saharan Africa


Structural drivers. There’s been a bit of discussion about what exactly this means. At this point we’ve decided on the following:

Alcohol drinking

Transactional sex

Gender inequality

Intimate partner violence

Poverty: interventions that offer economic empowerment thereby reducing engagement with sexual risk behaviours – for example cash transfer interventions (i.e. the image trial in South Africa)

All of these topics are for heterosexual sex, so no LGBT sex/gender issues

What are the inclusion and exclusion criteria? No biomedical or clinical interventions. No behavioural interventions (eg increase in condom use).

Age range of participants See concepts above

Date range Any date

Countries/regions of interest Sub-Saharan Africa

Study types Experimental or observational. No qualitative studies

Language Any language

Grey literature to be included? No

Sources to be searched 

Ovid Medline, Ovid Embase, Ovid Global Health, Ebsco Africa-Wide Information, Cochrane Library, Campbell Library, Web of Science, SCOPUS, ClinicalTrials.gov, HealthEvidence.org


How are the results to be shared with the rest of the team? EndNote

Details of sample references

  • Michielsen; ‘Effectiveness of HIV prevention for youth in sub- Saharan Africa: systematic’;  review and meta-analysis of randomized and nonrandomized trials’; AIDS; 2010.: 2 studies included in the review assessed biological outcomes
    • Ross DA, Changalucha J, Obasi AI, Todd J, Plummer ML, Cleophas-Mazige B, et al. Biological and behavioural impact of an adolescent sexual health intervention in Tanzania: a community-randomized trial. AIDS (Lond, Engl) 2007; 21: 1943–1955.
    • Jewkes R, Nduna M, Levin J, Jama N, Dunkle K, Khuzwayo N, et al. A cluster randomized-controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of Stepping Stones in preventing HIV infections and promoting safer sexual behaviour amongst youth in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa: trial design, methods and baseline findings. Trop Med Int Health 2006; 11:3–16.
  • Mavedzenge; ‘HIV Prevention in Young People in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review’ JAH; 2011: 5 studies included in the review assessed biological outcomes
    • Doyle A, Ross DA, Maganja K, et al. Long-term biological and behavioural
    • impact of an adolescent sexual health intervention in Tanzania: Follow-up survey of the community-based MEMA kwa Vijana trial. PLoS Med 2010;7: e1000287.
    • RossDA,ChangaluchaJ,ObasiAI,etal.Biologicalandbehaviouralimpactof an adolescent sexual health intervention in Tanzania: A community- randomized trial. AIDS 2007;21:1943–55.
    • Cowan FM, Pascoe S, Langhaug L, et al. The Regai Dzive Shiri Project: The results of a cluster randomised trial of a multi-component HIV prevention intervention for young people in rural Zimbabwe. AIDS 2010;24(16):2541– 52.
    • Cowan FM, Pascoe SJS, Langhaug LF, et al. The Regai Dzive Shiri Project: A cluster randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a multi-component community-based HIV prevention intervention for rural youth in Zimbabwe–Study design and baseline results. Trop Med Int Health 2008;13:1235– 44.
    • JewkesR,NdunaM,LevinJ,etal.Impactofsteppingstonesonincidenceof HIV and HSV-2 and sexual behaviour in rural South Africa: Cluster ran- domised controlled trial [see comment]. BMJ 2008;337:a506.
    • Pettifor AE, Kleinschmidt I, Levin J, et al. A community-based study to examine the effect of a youth HIV prevention intervention on young people aged 15–24 in South Africa: Results of the baseline survey. Trop Med Int Health 2005;10:971– 80.
    • PronykPM,HargreavesJR,KimJC,etal.Effectofastructuralinterventionfor the prevention of intimate-partner violence and HIV in rural South Africa: A cluster randomised trial. Lancet 2006;368:1973– 83.
    • Pronyk PM, Kim JC, Abramsky T, et al. A combined microfinance and training intervention can reduce HIV risk behaviour in young female participants. AIDS 2008;22:1659 – 65.
    • Hayes RJ, Changalucha J, Ross DA, et al. The MEMA kwa Vijana project: Design of a community randomised trial of an innovative adolescent sexual health intervention in rural Tanzania. Contemp Clin Trials 2005; 26:430 – 42.
    • Terris-Prestholt F, Kumaranayake L, Obasi AIN, et al. From trial intervention to scale-up: Costs of an adolescent sexual health program in Mwanza, Tanzania. Sex Transm Dis 2006;33(10 Suppl):S133–9.
    • Jewkes R, Nduna M, Levin J, et al. A cluster randomized-controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of Stepping Stones in preventing HIV infections and promoting safer sexual behaviour amongst youth in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa: Trial design, methods and baseline findings. Trop Med Int Health 2006;11:3–16.
    • HargreavesJR.Additionalanalysisconductedforthisreview.2009.
    • Jewkes R, Nduna M, Levin J, et al. Evaluation of stepping stones: A gender transformative HIV prevention intervention. Pretoria, South Africa: Medical Research Council, Gender and Health Research Unit, 2007.
ObasiAI,CleophasB,RossDA,etal.RationaleanddesignoftheMEMAkwa Vijana adolescent sexual and reproductive health intervention in Mwanza Region, Tanzania. AIDS Care 2006;18:311–22.
  • Mavedzenge, Sue Napierala, Ellen Luecke, and David A. Ross. “Effective approaches for programming to reduce adolescent vulnerability to HIV infection, HIV risk, and HIV-related morbidity and mortality: a systematic review of systematic reviews.” JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 66 (2014): S154-S169.
  • Hardee, Karen, et al. “Strengthening the enabling environment for women and girls: what is the evidence in social and structural approaches in the HIV response?.” Journal of the International AIDS Society 17.1 (2014).
  • Hardee, Karen, et al. “What HIV programs work for adolescent girls?.” JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 66 (2014): S176-S185.

The next step is to construct a draft search. This will be the topic of the next blog in the series.


Announcing new book by alumnus Shunichi Araki

blog image 1MSc in Occupational Medicine alumnus (1977), Shunichi Araki, MD, DrMSc, MSc, Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo; Former President, JNIOSH; and Adjunct Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York announced the release of his new book titled “Principles of Social Medicine: From Roman Empire and Industrial Revolution to International Health”. This book is intended to be the first of a trilogy reviewing the principles and history of social medicine from ancient times to the present.



About this Book

Social medicine is a highly interdisciplinary field with a long and fascinating history. It draws insights from clinical medicine, public image 3health and the social sciences. Professor Araki has a long history of working in occupational medicine where he has seen the dynamics of social medicine play out in the perennial struggle between labor and management for protection of health and safety in the workplace, and this keen experience informs his writing. The book consists of four chapters together with a preface. It explores the dawn of social medicine using lead poisoning as a case study; the birth and development of social medicine in the world; social medicine in Japan; and a  study that compares the history of social medicine in Japan with its history in Europe and North America.

About the Author 

Shunichi Araki is one of the most distinguished public health physicians in Japan. Following his graduation from LSHTM in 1977, he was appointed Associate Professor in Department of Public Health at Tohoku University School of Medicine in Sendai, Japan. In 1981, he was promoted to Professor and Chairman of the Department of Public Health and Hygiene in the Medical College of Oita in Kyushu, the southernmost of the Japanese home islands. Then in 1987, he was appointed Professor and subsequently Chairman of the Department of Public Health of the School of Medicine of The University of Tokyo, Japan’s top university. In 2000, Professor Araki moved from academia to government and became Director-General and subsequently President of the Japan National Institute of Industrial Health, a position he held with great distinction and in which he was responsible for protecting the health and safety of the entire Japanese workforce.

Professor Araki served as Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Health from 2000 to 2009. He has been an Associate Editor of Environmental Research since 1990, of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine since 1992, and of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine from 1993 to 1998. He has published more than 230 papers in English and 70 in Japanese. He is editor of two highly regarded and much cited monographs entitled “Neurobehavioral Methods and Effects in Occupational and Environmental Health (Academic Press, 1994)” and “Behavioral Medicine: An Integrated Biobehavioral Approach to Health and Illness (Elsevier, 1992)”.

Professor Araki never ceases to express that he is deeply indebted to LSHTM and especially to his professor and mentor, the late Corbett McDonald, former Chair of the TUC Centenary Institute of Occupational health at LSHTM.

You can access a copy of  “Principles of Social Medicine: From Roman Empire and Industrial Revolution to International Health” in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Library. 

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Public health and alcohol licensing study – update from first stakeholder workshop, September 2017 update

First stakeholder workshop – 13th September 2017

On 13th September, we held the first stakeholder workshop for the Public Health and Alcohol Licensing (PHAL) tool study, at LSHTM, Keppel St, London.  The aims of the workshop were to:

  1.  Share early findings from the study with public health and other local authority practitioners engaged in alcohol licensing;
  2.  Explore practitioners’ experiences of using research outputs in their work, to identify the most effective formats and channels for sharing research findings with practitioners.

Workshop participants

We were pleased to welcome around 30 practitioners from across different local authorities in London, and who represented a wide range of professions including public health, licensing, trading standards, police and others.  We also welcomed several academics interested in alcohol licensing research.

Workshop format

In the first part of the workshop we heard presentations from the PHAL study team summarising some of the early findings emerging from the study so far, and there were opportunities for questions and discussion about the study.  In the second part, we broke into small groups to reflect on and discuss experiences of using research outputs in practice, the kinds of messages and formats of research that are most useful, and the different kinds of audiences that might be interested in hearing research findings eg from the PHAL study.

Early findings from the PHAL study

In the presentations, the study team described exploring practitioners’ perceptions of how to strengthen public health contributions to alcohol licensing processes in local authorities, drawing on data collected through ethnographic observations of public health practitioners’ licensing work, a survey of practitioners across London, and focus group discussions with a range of licensing stakeholders.  Three key ideas appear to be emerging from the first phase of the study analysis:

  • There’s a varied picture of levels of public health involvement in alcohol licensing across different local authorities in London, and varied perceptions of influence over the process.
  • The importance of relationships and engagement between public health and other responsible authorities seems very clear.
  • Despite perceptions of public health as a ‘lesser partner’, there are examples of practitioners finding ways to act on applications and influence broader policies.

Stakeholders’ reflections

Participants at the workshop stated that they were interested to hear that the relationships between public health and other responsible authorities can shape levels of confidence in contributing to the licensing process, and that there are examples of public health practitioners using data to make effective representations.

Participants indicated that sharing case studies of good practice is an effective way to communicate research findings among public health practitioners, and between them and other responsible authorities.  They also suggested ways in which the findings from the study could be tailored towards a range of audiences including licensing teams and local authority councillors.

The next workshop

A second workshop will be held in February or March 2018 when the final findings from the study will be shared, and we will invite stakeholders to help us identify the next steps for putting into place the study’s recommendations.

For more information about the PHAL study or the next stakeholder workshop, please contact Joanna Reynolds:

Keep an eye on the project website for more updates and details on how to sign up for the next workshop.

4 – 10 September 2017

Research led by Mark Petticrew that found the alcohol industry is misrepresenting evidence about the alcohol-related risk of cancer is covered widely by UK and international media. More than 650 outlets report the findings, including: The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Times (£), The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, The Independent Sky News, Reuters, The Sydney Morning Herald, New York Post, RT, Voice of America, and via the Press Association to more than 100 UK regional outlets.

Quoted by the Huffington Post, Mark Petticrew said: “Our findings are also a clear reminder of the risks of giving the alcohol industry the responsibility of informing the public about alcohol and health.” Mark was interviewed by Sky News, with features broadcast throughout the day.

Colin Sutherland provides comment to the Daily Mail on news of death of a young girl from cerebral malaria in northern Italy: “There are still anopheline mosquitoes in parts of Italy that can transmit malaria, but these would be unlikely to be found as far north as Trentino.”

Punam Mangtani is quoted by Medical News Today on her recent study which found the BCG vaccine is effective for twice as long as previously thought: “Health officials should consider recommending childhood BCG vaccination where TB risk is high and where infant vaccination has not been given.”

Research published last year on the impact of dietary change on greenhouse gas emissions by Andy Haines and Lukasz Aleksandrowicz is referenced in an editorial by The Guardian.

The School is shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Award’s Research Project of the Year: STEM category.

Current PhD student Priya Morjaria speaks to Study London via the Huffington Post about accessible eye care for every children and how her studies is helping to make this a reality.

Gareth Millward speaks to the Coventry Telegraph about the 1957 polio outbreak in the city ahead of the 60th anniversary event.

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Cocktail party for LSHTM Alumni at IUSSP Conference, Cape Town, 31st October 2017

The Population Studies Group of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will be hosting a cocktail party for alumni and friends of LSHTM on Tuesday October 31st from 6pm-9pm.  Do come along as we would be pleased to see all alumni and old friends who are attending the conference or in Cape Town.  The room for the party will be announced nearer the date but do let us know if you are intending to come by emailing alumni@lshtm.ac.uk



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SSL Certificates / Trust Issues

A few users have recently had problems connecting to our servers via ODK collect.

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The error mentions a CertPathValidatorException

This happened because we recently renewed the SSL certificate for ODK and our latest certificates use a different Certification Authority (CA) to the previous one. Most likely what was happening here was that the problem devices didn’t have the appropriate root CA installed and failed when trying to connect to the secure server.


The root certificate that is required is “QuoVadis Root CA 2 G3”.
To check if this is installed on an Android device, go to Settings / Security / Certificate management / Trusted Certificates / System and scroll down the list for the QuoVadis entries (the menu items here may be slightly different on different depending on the version of Android).

In short this can be fixed by visiting these links on the browser of your device. They should automatically be installed. If not they will be downloaded and  there should be an Install from storage (or similar) item under the same Certificate management part of the security options

Visit these URLs to get the certificates



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