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 52 clinical fellowships by the Wellcome Trust (24 training fellowships, 12 intermediate fellowships, 15 senior fellowships and 1 principal research fellowship). 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 7 countries in Asia and Africa. The Centre currently supports a total of 35 clinical fellows, based in 22 institutions in 15 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. Read more
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 974 peer-reviewed papers, including 2 in Nature, 39 in the Lancet, 34 in PLoS Medicine, 34 in Clinical Infectious Diseases, 22 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and 41 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.