Last night LSHTM hosted the launch of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research, an initiative to tackle NTDs and their devastating effects on over one billion of the world’s poorest people.
Last night the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) hosted the launch of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research, an initiative to tackle NTDs and their devastating effects on over one billion of the world’s poorest people.
A collaboration between LSHTM, the Natural History Museum (NHM) and Imperial College London, the Centre will facilitate co-ordination of research activities on NTDs including blinding trachoma, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths and leishmaniasis.
The Centre’s launch marks the first anniversary of the London Declaration on NTDs, an unprecedented global, multi-sector commitment to control or eliminate at least ten NTDs by 2020.
The launch included talks about NTD research currently underway at LSHTM, Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum, with speakers from each institution as well as representatives from the World Bank and the World Health Organization. Members of the private sector also spoke, namely Dr. Andy Wright, director of disease programs at GSK, as well as government stakeholders like Baroness Hayman, vice-chairman of the Parliamentary All-Party Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Click on the links below to access the talks and video shown during the launch.
Prof. Simon Brooker, LSHTM, Guiding control: the spatial epidemiology of NTDs
Prof. David Rollinson, Natural History Museum, Schistosomiasis elimination: challenges and opportunities
Prof. David Mabey, LSHTM, Can we eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020?
Dr. Deirdre Hollingsworth, Imperial College, How much impact will school based deworming programmes have on the community wide transmission of soil transmitted helminths?
Video courtesy of LCNTDR.
Other speakers included:
Prof. Sir Roy Anderson, Imperial College, The aims of the LCNTDR
Dr. Poppy Lamberton, Imperial College, The molecular epidemiology of Schistosome species and the monitoring of genetic change under community based treatment
Prof. Simon Croft, LSHTM, The leishmaniases and tyraponosomiases – how close are we to control?
Prof. Baron Peter Piot, LSHTM, formal opening of the LCNTDR
Dr. Lorenzo Savioli, World Health Organization, formal opening of the LCNTDR
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