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Centre for Global Health Research selected as new Centre of Excellence

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Centre for Global Health Research selected as new Centre of Excellence

The Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR) at BSMS is delighted to announce it has been selected by the University of Sussex as a Centre of Excellence, chosen for its collaborative and innovative research that addresses areas of global importance. 

The work carried out by the CGHR, part of the Global Health and Infection department at the medical school, includes research into infectious diseases, HIV, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases. In less than a decade since its launch, the Centre's research has had international impact, for example helping to inform World Health Organization guidelines.

Inspired by the idea ‘impossible until it’s done’, the University of Sussex has selected the CGHR alongside 11 other new Centres of Excellence, all of which are carrying out highly innovative and potentially transformative research that will drive progress and make an important contribution to the planet and its people.

A group of Centre directors around a podium in parliament for the launch of the centre for global health research centre of excellence

A group of directors photographed at Parliament for the launch of the Centres of Excellence. Dr Maya Semrau from BSMS (third left) and Prof Sasha Roseneil, VC at Sussex (far right) are both pictured

Already tackling some of the most ambitious challenges in the field of health research today, the CGHR will build on its existing strengths by continuing to nurture high-quality academic inquiry, while supporting greater research into areas such as antimicrobial resistance and end of life care.

Dr Maya Semrau, Co-Director of the CGHR and Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Research, said: “We are honoured to receive the title of Centre of Excellence. This new status will cement and give increased visibility to our reputation as a centre producing internationally impactful global health research that benefits the health and wellbeing of people in low- and middle-income countries. We remain committed to our focus on creating and maintaining sustainable, equitable and inclusive partnerships, and building capacity for the next generation of global health researchers.”

Dr Semrau will be joined by Professor Gail Davey, Head of the Global Health and Infection department at BSMS, as Co-Director of the Centre.

Commenting on the announcement of all 12 new Centres, Professor Sasha Roseneil, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Sussex, said: “The great research challenges of our time demand bold thinking and collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches. Sussex’s 12 new Centres of Excellence build on the University’s long history of ground-breaking and innovative research that transcends the traditional boundaries between disciplines. Together they promise to make great strides in tackling the most urgent problems that face people and planet – problems that, as Nelson Mandela once said, seem impossible to solve until they are done.”

Find out more about all Centres of Excellence here >