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We must step up the battle against deadly malaria, says Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine director

By Mersey Maritime

More innovation will be needed if we are to win the battle against deadly malaria worldwide, the director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) says.

Professor Janet Hemingway has delivered this year’s Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Christmas Lecture.

She told the audience of researchers, staff and guests there had been “hard-won gains” in the battle against the disease, which kills more than 1m people worldwide every year, but added: “If we ignore resistance to insecticides and drugs, malaria control will continue to stall.”

An estimated 300-600m people, mostly under five and mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, contract malaria each year and LSTM, which is a member of Mersey Maritime, is at the forefront of research into the disease.

Pictured: Professor Janet Hemingway, Director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Global leader

The organisation is recognised as a global leader in research into a number of areas of public health, which include malaria, neglected tropical diseases, the health of newborn children and older youngsters, research into drug resistance and also lung health and tuberculosis.

LSTM’s reputation is such that it attracts the leading researchers and students from around the world, offering unrivalled learning opportunities to people from around 65 countries.

As one of the few postgraduate centres of excellence in the field it has a research portfolio worth more than £210m

It says: “We translate cutting edge research and innovation from our laboratories directly to the people who will benefit most – breaking the cycle of poor health and poverty.”

Joint venture

LSTM is also a partner in the Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator – a £25m laboratory development in partnership with the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Accelerator hosts a number of relevant small and medium-sized enterprises and its two floors are devoted to LSTM’s resistance mitigation portfolio including six cutting edge laboratories.

Other facilities of LSTM include:

  • The Centre for Tropical and Infectious Diseases – a £23m facility for developing new drugs and diagnostics, vaccines and pesticides.
  • The Clinical Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory – A UKAS accredited laboratory that offers a referral service for the identification of a wide range of human parasites.
  • Well Travelled Clinics – a not-for-profit travel health service, providing pre-travel advice and post-travel consultations.
  • The Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment (LITE) – established by the Departmental of Vector Biology.

Founded in 1898, LSTM was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical medicine and its groundbreaking work is continuing to this day – a global centre of excellence and expertise right here in the Liverpool city region.

Tony McDonough

Consultant at YBNews

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We must step up the battle against deadly malaria, says Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine director