These are challenging times for all. In the face of COVID-19, climate change, and the effects of globalisation and urbanisation, priorities for human health are shifting and new threats are emerging.
As an international centre of excellence that leads innovative research, translates that research into improved health, and trains the next generation, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a hugely valuable role to play in this fast-changing world.
Our community of staff, students and alumni are working together to make a shared and vital contribution to addressing major health inequalities and challenges. I am proud to be Director of an institution where everyone is engaged in our central mission to improve health worldwide through high quality research and education.
LSHTM has a strong track record of anticipating future teaching priorities and of innovative, exciting research that makes a positive impact on people’s lives. Key to continued success in all arenas is creating a truly inclusive environment for all our staff and students to thrive and to maximise their potential.
I want our community to work together with mutual trust and respect, truly valuing diversity and promoting equal opportunities – not just internally, but in our partnerships as well.
Work will continue to ensure that our collaborations around the world are based on equality rather than old colonial models. The integration of the two MRC Units in Uganda and The Gambia offers tremendous opportunities to build on their successes to date, working in partnership to further develop both Units as thriving centres of excellence.
This is a unique community dedicated to improving health worldwide. I am delighted to welcome you.