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Liverpool lands new global health research centre

Wellcome Trust awards over £750,000 to Centre to support young, talented scientists in global health.

The Wellcome Trust Tropical Centre, a longstanding joint initiative of the University of Liverpool (UoL) and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), is pleased to announce that it has been awarded £763,846 to become the Wellcome Trust-Liverpool-Glasgow Centre for Global Health Research in partnership with the University of Glasgow.

The Centre will harness the strong institutional commitments to global health in Liverpool; Glasgow and our low and middle income partners in Malawi, Ecuador and India, to capitalise on previous successes and expertise. The new Centre will be directed by Professor David Lalloo of LSTM and is due to be launched at the beginning of September 2013 with a number of events in Liverpool, Glasgow and Malawi.

The new Centre will build on the Wellcome Trust Tropical Centre’s 17 years experience of supporting researchers in tackling research questions of public health importance in environments where disease burdens are highest. This will be combined with world leading expertise from Glasgow, including the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, which over the past 26 years has developed a world class track record in basic research in tropical parasitological research and applied immunology, ecology, molecular cell biology and polyomics to both parasites and their vectors.

The joint Centre for Global Health Research aims to promote excellent science, build capacity and drive strategic research collaboration in global health by supporting researchers from the UK and low and middle income countries to become independent researchers and future leaders in global health. The Centre will support their academic careers by providing them with ongoing mentorship, high quality research opportunities and access to cutting edge laboratory science. Collaboration with our international partners, across a wide spectrum of global health disciplines will allow research to be conducted in settings with the greatest disease burden.

The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW) is an internationally-recognised centre of research excellence and research training in partnership with the University of Malawi College Of Medicine. Many of the Centre’s previous 60 research fellows have spent time at MLW before returning to academic positions in Liverpool. The new Liverpool-Glasgow Centre builds on this robust partnership and expands the Centre to include the National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India and a Wellcome Trust funded programme in Quito in Ecuador. These new international links will allow the Centre to expand it’s activity and support into other continents.

The Centre will be one of the Wellcome Trust’s five Centres for Global Health Research sharing the £3m that the Wellcome Trust has committed to these Centres over the next five years.
For more information on Wellcome Trust visit www.liverpoolwttc.org.uk

Date created: May 14, 2013

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