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Global health

BSMS has a vibrant global health research programme with academic links around the world.

Taking an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach, we work on existing and newly arising health issues, including neglected tropical and non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases (tuberculosis, malaria, HIV), antibiotic resistance, health risk behaviours and their determinants, occupational health policy and practice, and hospital acquired infections in low-income settings.

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We work in close partnership with our parent universities (the Universities of Brighton and Sussex) to develop novel opportunities for research in order to help improve health and health equity globally.

We collaborate with the Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex and with the prestigious Institute of Development Studies (IDS), on the University campus. 

Sussex, with IDS, was recently ranked the top University in Europe for Development Studies by the QS University World Rankings, second only to Harvard globally. 

Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues at these institutions are facilitated through a Global Health Network that meets regularly and organises a seminar series and an annual conference. We also work in partnership with community organisations, universities and non-governmental organisations based locally and internationally. For instance, we have a Health Link with the Medical School and University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, which supports educational activities such as staff and student exchanges, and we are now in the process of developing a similar link with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

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Our researchers

  • Prof Melanie Newport’s main area of research is genetic regulation of immune responses and susceptibility to infectious disease, infant immune responses to vaccination, mycobacterial infection and susceptibility to podoconiosis (endemic non-filarial elephantiasis).

  • Prof Gail Davey’s main area of research is podoconiosis, covering aetiology (genetic, mineral and biochemical), consequences (economic and social) and management of disease.
  • Dr Simon Waddell’s research is on tuberculosis: TB pathogenesis, TB drug discovery, transcriptional profiling and host-pathogen interactions.
  • Dr Leena Al-Hassan’s research is on characterisation of antibiotic resistance of hospital acquired infection and identification of epidemiological and genetic characteristics among Gram-negative bacteria in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Dr Mei Trueba’s research focus is in international development, labour relations and health; in particular occupational health and safety in low-and middle-income countries. Her research also focuses on understanding health risk behaviours and their determinants.

The Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex for Global Health Research

Established in 2014, the Centre for Global Health Research contributes towards improving the health of some of the world’s poorest people by equipping high-calibre researchers to undertake excellent research that will impact on important, locally relevant global health problems.

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