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Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research

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Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research

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.

Recent scientific advances in genetics and genomics could contribute to major improvements for human health. However, these advances will only widen the existing equity gap between high-income countries and low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). LMICs often bear the burden of poor health if their populations, scientists and health practitioners are not fully engaged.

The gap has driven an expansion in funding for genomic research in Africa, so there is an urgent need to support the development of LMIC researchers in genomic science within a framework that addresses the ethical, legal and social implications of such research for individuals and their communities.

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Our aims

  • To build capacity for independent research at three LMIC partner institutions, supporting environments that empower scientists to contribute to a wider African research enterprise.
  • To support research training for academic staff and postgraduate students, through a series of workshops and scientific meetings and an online resource centre.
  • To support individual researchers, who will receive tailored support and mentorship to develop their scientific ideas and submit competitive funding proposals.

Current initiatives and research

Our Centre is involved in initiatives to help improve the healthcare of people throughout the developing world. Current projects include:

Podoconiosis in Central America >
Footwork the International Podoconiosis Network >
Investigating Antibiotic Resistance in Africa >
Antimicrobial Resistance Study Group >


The Centre Research Development Fund is now a continuing process, therefore we invite Early Career Researchers, with association to our African Collaboration Centres, to apply for this fund throughout the year without any deadlines.

Events and conferences

The inaugural Global Health and Development Conference will be held at the University of Sussex on 15 - 16 April 2016. Students, researchers, academics and development professionals attending will be provided with a practical toolkit to tackle engage with global health issues. 

Previous events include a conference on the role of the pharmacist in humanarian responses, an ethics workshop at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a conference on the paradigms and practice of global health. 

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Centre staff

Centre staff include Prof Melanie Newport, Prof Gail Davey, Prof Bobbie Farsides, Prof Muntaser Ibrahim, Dr Sarah Marshall, Dr Abraham Aseffa, Prof Samuel Wanji, Dr Leena Al-Hassan, Prof Stefan Elbe, Dr Bella Starling, Dr Hayley MacGregor, Dr Simon Waddell and Dr Mei L. Trueba.

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HIV testing

Collaborating centres

Collaborating centres include the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), Research Foundation in Tropical Diseases and Environment (REFTDE) and Institute for Endemic Diseases (IED).

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Associated centres and partners

Associated centres and partners include the Global Health Network, the Process Map, the Wellcome Trust, Nowgen, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Centre for Global Health Policy.

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Research Development Fund launched
Due to an outstanding level of applicants, the Research Development Fund has been awarded to three individuals. All PhD researchers from Ethiopia, the successful applicants will use this funding to carry out research in three different areas:

  • Kebede Deribe Kassaye: 'Predicting and mapping the geographical distribution of podoconiosis in Cameroon'
  • Birtukan Endale Assefi: 'Correlation of LL37 expression with different forms of leprosy'
  • Abebayehu Tora Kacha: 'Exploring health beliefs of young rural children at high risk for podoconiosis in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia: a qualitative study'

"Completing the MSc in Global Health made my career change possible."

 Marta Fernandez-Arias


Marta Fernandez-Arias now works for the American Refugee Committee (ARC) in South Sudan and recently published her masters research project which she completed in Peru.

Read the full interview with Marta >