THE WELLCOME TRUST - BLOOMSBURY CENTRE

FOR GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH


The Bloomsbury Centre involves 5 London based institutions:

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
University College of London (Institute of Child Health)
Institute of Psychiatry, London
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
St. George's University of London

Background

The Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre for Global Health Research was established in 1995 as the Bloomsbury Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine, a partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL).  It was later joined by Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University London, the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, and St George’s University London.  Since 1995 we have been awarded 45 clinical fellowships by the Wellcome Trust (19 training fellowships, 12 intermediate fellowships and 14 senior fellowships).  In 2007 LSHTM was awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme in International Health, comprising three fellowships per year for six years.  We have recruited an additional 18 outstanding young clinicians to this programme, who are doing their research in 9 countries in Asia and Africa.  The Centre currently supports a total of  27 clinical fellows, based in  17  institutions in  13 countries (see maps).  We have organised scientific meetings attended by all our fellows, their supervisors and overseas collaborators, and colleagues from the Wellcome Trust, every two years since 2003.  The Bloomsbury Centre has supported many outstanding clinical scientists who have made a major contribution to improving health worldwide. Since 2009 our fellows have published 689 peer-reviewed papers, including 2 in Nature, 31 in the Lancet, 30 in PLoS Medicine, 29 in Clinical Infectious Diseases, 13 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and 39 in AIDS. Many of these have already influenced policy and practice.

Most of our fellows have been from the UK but, in the past 10 years, the Centre has become increasingly committed to building research capacity in our partner institutions in low and middle income countries.  For example Alison Elliott, a  Senior Fellow based at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, applied successfully to the Wellcome  Trust in 2007 for a Strategic Award programme, the Makerere – UVRI Research Training Programme in Infection and Immunity (MUII: www.muii.org.ug).  This brought together research groups at those two institutions with researchers based at LSHTM and Cambridge University.  Together with her research programme, this has enabled us to support research training for 10 Masters, 11 PhD students and 7 post-doctoral fellows from Uganda.  Vikram Patel, a Senior Fellow based at the Public Health Foundation of India, was awarded a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award to establish the South Asia Network for Chronic Disease, to build multidisciplinary research capacity through sharing of skills and knowledge between 8 network partners in the region, with the goal of improving the prevention and control of chronic disease.

Aims and Objectives

We aim to recruit and train the best young clinical and non-clinical scientists with an interest in global health research, to provide them with the support, training and academic environment they need to develop into independent researchers, and to facilitate their academic and clinical career progression;

Our key partner institutions in Africa and Asia are all regional centres of excellence in biomedical research, with whom we have been collaborating for many years on research and capacity building projects.  We aim to expand our programme of training, mentorship and support for clinical and non-clinical scientists in our key partner institutions through regional short courses, many of them based on distance learning materials developed at our partner institutions in London;  through joint mentorship and supervision of PhD and post-doctoral students;  and by strengthening infrastructure in these institutions.   Our goal is to train a cadre of outstanding scientists in our key partner institutions who will be able to compete successfully for international research funding.

 

© 2013 WBCGHR

Wellcome Trust - Bloomsbury Centre for Global Health Research and Collaborators at the Scientific Meeting held in London 2013

 

How can the Bloomsbury Centre help you?

We can help you to apply for Wellcome Trust clinical or non-clinical fellowships in international health, if you follow these steps

1. Check the Wellcome Trust website to see the types of fellowship available

2. Check whether  you are eligible for a fellowship

3. If you are eligible for a PhD research training fellowship, think about what kind of research project you would like to do, and approach academic staff members who share your interests at one or more of our partner institutions in London or overseas, with a view to identifying a potential supervisor. A list of potential supervisors at our London-based institutions, with their areas of research interest can be seen at http://wbc.lshtm.ac.uk/applications.htm

4. Once you have decided on a field of research, identified a supervisor, and established  your application time line you can contact the Centre, who will advise you on policy group deadlines and procedures

5. All candidates  applying for  Wellcome Trust fellowships who apply through the Bloomsbury Centre will be expected to present their research proposal and CV to our Policy Group  before the deadline for submission to the Trust.  You will be expected to have a nearly completed proposal by the time you make your presentation. The policy group consists of academics covering a wide range of disciplines from our London-based institutions, who will provide feedback designed to strengthen your application

6. Policy group meetings are held three times a year.  You should check the Wellcome Trust deadline date for the particular fellowship you are applying for, as dates and preliminary application requirements vary.  You should plan to present your proposal to our Policy Group at least 2 months  before the submission deadline, to allow yourself time to make any changes suggested by the group.

 

Further information on the Wellcome Trust Centres for Clinical Tropical Medicine

 

 

Centre Contact Details:

Tamara Hurst (Co-ordinator), Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1 7HT

Phone: 0207 927 2116 Fax: 0207 612 2613

Email: tamara.hurst@lshtm.ac.uk

Professor David Mabey (Director), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1 7HT

Email: david.mabey@lshtm.ac.uk

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