World leading centre in public and global health at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ranks third globally for research impact on sciences, and first in Europe and third globally for publishing open access research on public health.
Situated in the heart of London, in Bloomsbury, an area known for its rich academic, literary and medical history, it has more than 3,000 staff (and a student body of more than 4,000) conducting research in 100 countries. Its annual research income is more than £180 million.
The school started as The Seaman’s Hospital Society in the year 1821, for the purpose of
establishing a ‘floating hospital’ for the relief of sick and helpless seamen.
In 1899, the London school was opened in the London Docks as part of the hospital, accepting 11 students.
The aim of the school was not just to acquaint students with tropical diseases and how to treat them, but also to train them on how to investigate, observe, record and study the diseases thus beginning research at LSHTM.
The school is involved in tackling worldwide deadly diseases, including the coronavirus.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020, the school has been at the forefront of the effort to tackle the virus and spread helpful information to the public, such as this article about LSTM mathematician Adam Kucharski who has a timely book on the spread of infectious disease:
and Dr Rosalind Eggo’s Channel 4 News interview about the complexity of reacting to coronavirus:
Staff at LSHTM were actively involved during the Ebola outbreak- with response planning, clinical trials of vaccines and treatments, as well as volunteering at treatment centres.
LSHTM is constantly innovating and working on projects to help organisations fight and prevent the spread of deadly infections.
Follow them on Twitter for a stream of helpful insight and advice on Covid-19.