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Research groups, programmes and centres

Current Research

The Department has major field research programmes in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Brazil and Europe and numerous collaborative projects in other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Major interests are in the epidemiology and control of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and other mycobacteria, malaria and other tropical parasites, hepatitis, measles other vaccine-preventable diseases, respiratory diseases and gastro-intestinal infections. 

The Department is home to the Tropical Epidemiology Group, and a large research programme on maternal and perinatal health. The Department faculty includes both medical and statistical epidemiologists, and there is considerable interest in methodological work, including research on statistical methods, transmission models, genetic epidemiology and immunoepidemiology. There are strong collaborative links with other Departments within the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health.  We also work with the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, particularly the Clinical Research and Immunology Departments, and with the Faculty of Public Health and Policy.

Groups

Maternal & Neonatal Health Group:
The Maternal and Neonatal Group carries out research to contribute to, and inform, international debate on key policy issues related to the health of young children and their mothers.

Tropical Epidemiology Group:
The Tropical Epidemiology Group (TEG) is located within the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The Group comprises statisticians and epidemiologists who conduct research on the public health problems of developing countries. Established in 1973, the Group is supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation among others.

Genetic Epidemiology Group:
The purpose of these meetings is to share information on studies in Genetic Epidemiology throughout the School and with colleagues elsewhere and to facilitate discussion on specific and generic methodological issues in this field.

 

Programmes

Project to monitor public confidence in Immunization Programs:
The purpose of the project is to monitor public confidence in immunization programs by building an information surveillance system for early monitoring and detection of public concerns around vaccines; applying a diagnostic tool to data collected to determine the risk level of public concerns in terms of their potential to disrupt vaccine programs; and, finally, by detecting public concerns early, to provide analysis and guidance for early response and engagement with the public to ensure sustained confidence in vaccines and immunization.

Evidence for Action:
Evidence for Action is a five-year international research programme with core funding from the UK Department for International Development. The Evidence for Action consortium focuses on HIV treatment and care systems.The goal of the research programme is to contribute to knowledge on how to design, manage and deliver comprehensive HIV treatment and care programmes in resource poor settings.

Karonga Prevention Study:
The Karonga Prevention Study (KPS) is a large epidemiological research programme covering the whole of Karonga District, a rural area in northern Malawi, and associated closely with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

FEMHealth 
FEMHealth is a new research programme, funded by the EU, which runs from January 2011 to December 2013. FEMHealth stands for 'fee exemption for maternal health care'.  Focal countries for this work are Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Morocco. All have recently introduced national policies to reduce financial barriers for delivery or emergency obstetric care.

The overall aims of the project are (1) to develop new methodological approaches for the evaluation of complex interventions in low income countries, (2) to improve the health of mothers and their newborns by performing comprehensive evaluations of the impact, cost and effectiveness of the removal of user fees for delivery care on maternal and neonatal health outcomes and service quality, and (3) to improve the communication of this evidence to policy-makers and other stakeholders.

The research will be conducted by a consortium of eight partner institutions.

Centres

MARCH:
Maternal, reproductive and child health problems are major contributors to ill-health worldwide and account for over 13 million deaths every year, many of which are preventable.  MARCH brings together researchers, students and practitioners to address these problems. We conduct studies in low, middle and high income countries. Our world-renowned researchers have strengths in epidemiology, intervention studies and health economics and policy.

Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Mathematical modelling of infectious diseases has a long history at LSHTM. Mathematical models are becoming an increasingly important tool to understand how infections are transmitted within populations and to evaluate the potential impact of control programmes in containing their spread and in reducing morbidity and mortality. Currently researchers in all three school departments and the Health Protection Agency are involved in the development and application of mathematical models to interpret infectious disease data, to understand the natural history of infections and to predict the impact of control strategies at the population level such as vaccination, treatment and case-finding.

The Collaborative Centre for Economics of Infectious Disease (CCEID)
Aims to 'consolidate and deepen understanding of the socio-economic implications of infectious disease; develop economic evaluative methods for strategies to prevent and control infectious disease; and explore the economics of the public health systems that regulate, monitor and control infectious disease'.

Malaria Centre 
The Malaria Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine draws together the diverse research and teaching activities carried out at the School. As well as developing tools, techniques and knowledge about malaria, a strong emphasis is placed on translating research outcomes into practice. The ultimate aim of this work is to provide best evidence for policy and practice in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria around the world.

Centre for the Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (CEPHI).
Research on the development and evaluation of public health interventions is central to the School’s mission to contribute to the improvement of health worldwide. While the School already has a strong record in intervention research, we need to respond to a number of important challenges in order to maximise our effectiveness.

CEPHI aims to create a centre of excellence in the development and evaluation of public health interventions that can both assist our communication with the outside world and help to overcome some of the current internal obstacles to collaboration.

Centre for Statistical Methodology 
The Centre aims to highlight our statistical expertise in research and training relevant to research in public health. It also aims to facilitate excellence by enhancing cross-fertilization among researchers involved in clinical trials, epidemiology, sociology, health economics, and all other disciplines related to public health.

Non-UK Sites with resident IDE staff

Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit  (MITU)
The Unit has been involved with a series of groundbreaking studies on HIV prevention and related topics. These are widely recognised by the international scientific community and have directly influenced local and international health policies. In addition, we are committed to building capacity in Tanzania and the East African region to carry out research to international standards and contribute in developing local scientific leadership. We have developed very close working relationship with local and national government leadership, as well as with communities where we conduct our research.

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