London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

Founded in 1899 by Sir Patrick Manson, the School has expanded in recent years at its two main sites on Keppel Street and Tavistock Place. The School’s multidisciplinary expertise includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists, and we work with partners worldwide to support the development of teaching and research capacity.

Research income has grown to over £85 million per year from national and international funding sources including the UK government, the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and philanthropic sources.

Education programmes have grown to more than 1,000 London-based Master’s and Research students, 2,900 studying Master’s by distance learning and 1,000 on short courses and continuous professional development. We have also launched a series of free online courses, and more than 15,000 people registered on the first of these, Ebola in context. Our staff, students and alumni work in more than 150 countries in government, academia, international agencies and health services.

The School is highly ranked in various university league tables. It was named the world’s leading research-focused graduate school in the Times Higher Education World Rankings in 2013. In 2014, it was ranked in the top 10 universities in the world for citation rate by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database, fourth in the world for impact in medical sciences by the Leiden Ranking and third in the world for social science and public health in the US News Best Global Universities Ranking. According to the results of the UK government’s Research Excellence Framework, published in December 2014, the School was ranked second overall (after the Institute for Cancer Research) on the key measure of impact.

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

The Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases encompasses all of the laboratory-based research in the School as well as that on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of infectious and tropical diseases. 

The range of disciplines represented in the faculty is very broad and inter-disciplinary research is a feature of much of our activity.  The spectrum of diseases studied is wide and there are major research groups with a focus on malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, vaccine development and evaluation, and vector biology and disease control.  The Faculty is organised into four large research departments comprising: Pathogen Molecular Biology, Immunology and Infection, Disease Control, and Clinical Research.  There is close interaction between scientists in different research teams. The Faculty has strong overseas links, which provide a basis for field studies and international collaborations in developed and developing countries.  


Projects

1.1 Models of chronicity, sequestration, treatment response and recrudescence

Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT), Lisboa, Portugal - Microsens Diagnostic Ltd., London, United Kingdom - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom

1.2 Estimation of the risk of developing resistance to antileishmanial drugs

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Tres Cantos (Madrid), Spain - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI), Hinxton, United Kingdom - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom - Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium

1.3 Novel models for the development of treatments for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT), Lisboa, Portugal - Pharmidex Pharmaceutical Services Ltd., London, United Kingdom - University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom

1.4 Strategies for improving differential diagnosis and providing biomarkers

Aptum Biologics Ltd. (APTUM), Southamptom, United Kingdom - Karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm, Sweden - Coris BioConcept (CORIS), Gembloux, Belgium - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom

2.2 Development of a recombinant vaccine against canine leishmaniasis. From differential gene expression to the field

CZ Veterinaria S.A., O Porriño, Spain - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom - Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

2.3 Attractive toxic sugar baits (ATSB) for indoor use: The design and evaluation of a novel approach for controlling sand fly vectors of leishmaniasis

Biogents AG, Regensburg, Germany - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom