BSMS impact felt at ECCMID 2018
The 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) took place in Madrid from 21-24 April. Prof Martin Llewelyn from the Global Health and Infection Department was one of six delegates connected to BSMS attending and contributing to the prestigious event. "The impact of BSMS on the meeting was amazing," Prof Llewelyn said. "When you consider the size of the medical school, and that we didn't have academic infectious diseases here 12 years ago, this is something we should be really proud of."
Among other contributions, Prof Llewelyn gave the opening presentation at the 'Advances in Antimicrobial Stewardship' session and presented the work of the European Working Group on Antimicrobial Stewardship Evaluations, which he leads. The ARREST Trial, on which he and Dr James Price, NIHR Clinical lecturer, were investigators, was one of the eight papers highlighted in the 'Year in Infectious Diseases' session. Dr Price himself delivered the Young Investigators Award lecture after receiving the prize. The lecture was well received and he was approached by a number of international groups who are interested in collaborating in further research. Dr Daire Cantillon, Research Fellow at BSMS, also gave a poster presentation on his work with mycobacteria and biofilms.
$100,000 recurrent funding for treatment of podoconiosis
Footwork, the podoconiosis initiative led by Prof Gail Davey, is delighted to announce continued partnership with Izumi Foundation on a Phase III project. This project will provide treatment and care to 4,000 podoconiosis patients who have not previously accessed treatment, train 120 government health professionals and raise awareness of the condition and its prevention among 10,000 community members. The project will run seamlessly from Phase II from April 2018 to March 2020.
Governments urged to adopt low-cost and effective approach to podoconiosis
Researchers at BSMS are asking governments in the developing world to adopt a low-cost, community-based approach to prevent acute attacks that occur in patients with podoconiosis, a devastating neglected tropical disease. A new study published in Lancet Global Health shows that a simple package of self-care significantly reduced "acute attacks" among podoconiosis patients. Gail Davey, Professor of Global Health Epidemiology at BSMS, who led the study, said: "In most countries that suffer from podoconiosis, there are not yet policies in place to manage this debilitating disease, largely due to limited awareness of the condition and lack of evidence for treatment."
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HIV self-testing machine wins BMJ award
Congratulations to colleagues from BSMS and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust who won the Innovation Award at the BMJ Awards on 10 May for the self-testing HIV vending machine. The digital machine, which was launched in the Brighton Sauna in June 2017, makes testing accessible for people who are at high-risk of HIV but don't attend traditional clinical settings to collect free HIV self-tests.
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