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GLOBAL HEALTH and infection

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Global Health and Infection

Global Health and Infection have been core to the BSMS strategy since the medical school opened in 2003. These disciplines have grown alongside BSMS and a new department of Global Health and Infection emerged in 2014. 

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Global health and Infection department

The Global Health and Infection department runs a vibrant research programme with academic links around the world via the Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research and the NIHR Unit for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Crosscutting themes such as ethics and mental health ensure we have strong collaborations with colleagues in other departments across the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. We also run a Global Health and a Global Pharmacy MSc programmes. 

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Research areas

Global Health and Infection are cross cutting themes at BSMS that permeate through our undergraduate and postgraduate research and learning activities. Our multidisciplinary research programme has academic links around the world and is organised into four main themes: tackling NTDs, Infectious Diseases, HIV and Sexual Health, and Culture, Society and Health.

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Meet our team

Our team members are based between BSMS, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, and various overseas institutions. See them all in one place here.

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NIHR Global Health Research Unit for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Established in 2017, the NIHR Global Health Research Unit for Neglected Tropical Diseases at BSMS aims to improve our ability to diagnose, prevent and treat podoconiosis; develop tools to prevent mycetoma and strengthen the ability of low-income countries to respond to scabies outbreaks.

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NIHR 5S Foundation 

The Social Sciences for Severe Stigmatising Skin Conditions (5S) Foundation at BSMS was established in 2019 and will run until August 2023. The programme is a £3.5 million collaborative research partnership between BSMS and the Faculty of Geographical and Environmental Sciences, the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) based at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, the University of Rwanda and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

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