The power of vaccines
Immunisation is the single most powerful medical tool for improving health. The introduction of WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation in 1974 has already prevented tens of millions of unnecessary childhood deaths.
Modern immunisation programmes combine the products of sophisticated bioengineering with complex epidemiological surveillance and modelling to protect children and adults. Animal vaccines help increase farming efficiency and secure our food supply.
However, many significant diseases still have no effective vaccine to prevent them, and many life-saving vaccines unfortunately do not reach everyone who needs them. Our vision is a world in which all major infectious diseases and their sequelae are controlled by vaccination and there is equity for access.
The Vaccine Centre is a collaborative partnership of over 100 scientists hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine that aims to improve human and animal health through vaccination.
Specifically we aim to:
- Develop new vaccines and evaluate their biological potential
- Test new vaccines for safety, immunogenicity and efficacy
- Evaluate and optimise vaccine programmes and policies
- How we work
• Forging scientific collaborations between scientists in complementary areas of discovery
• Encouraging synergistic thinking across the whole pathway of vaccine development and deployment, leading to better strategic planning for vaccine research
• Training the vaccine scientists of the future and teaching the scientific principles of vaccine discovery, clinical assessment and programme evaluation
• Providing a hub to foster research networks, international partnerships, and meetings to tackle important challenges in vaccine science and policy.
- Who is involved
The Vaccine Centre has both internal and external Centre members. Internal members include staff and students of LSHTM. External members are academics and members of the community who are interested in LSHTMs work on vaccines. LSHTM staff involved come from a wide array of disciplinary background and work on vaccines at national, regional and global level.
The VaC has a steering group which represents the 3 faculties of the school and the African MRC units. This means the VaC is connected to a broad range of vaccine research topics and methodologies, as well as other LSHTM Centres.
The VaC also has a student group made up of current Msc and PhD students who have an interest in vaccines.
The VaC is lead by a steering group representing the 3 faculties of the School (Public Health and Policy, Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Epidemiology and Population Health) and the two African MRC units (Uganda and the Gambia).
The Director of the VaC is Professor Beate Kampmann, Professor of Paediatric Immunity and Infection in London and lead of the Vaccines and Immunity Theme at the MRC Unit the Gambia.
See the Leadership page for more information
- Centre themes