Welcome from the Director

Peter Piot

Our commitment to improving health in the UK and worldwide is the lifeblood of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and I am proud of the work our staff, students and alumni do to address major health inequalities and challenges.

We have a diverse and truly global community dedicated to quality cross-disciplinary research. Our School is involved at every stage of the research pipeline, from basic science all the way through to evaluation of health interventions, providing a firm foundation of evidence for improving health. Crucially, we take research out into the real world to make a tangible difference in people’s lives.

This was clearly demonstrated during the Ebola crisis when more than 500 staff, students and alumni responded to my call for action to help tackle the epidemic outbreak. The unique and exceptional nature of the School’s contribution and refusal to stand by in the face of suffering and inequality was recognised by the Times Higher Education “University of the Year” award.

But we never know what will come next. As well as potential global disease outbreaks, we face many other challenges including the ever-rising burden of chronic conditions such as obesity, cancer, diabetes and dementia, as well as threats from climate change and financial crises.

That’s why it‘s so important that we continue to train the next generation of leaders through our teaching and research programmes, and work together to innovate, respond and prevent in the most effective way.

I invite you to join this special community of dedicated people, working together to achieve our mission of improving health worldwide.

Peter Piot

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