Latest Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Stories

2010-12-08 00:57:18

On Tuesday 7 December 2010, maternal health professionals from Africa and Asia will be attending a workshop in Liverpool to discuss the effects of "ËœMaking It Happen', a programme with a life-saving training package for health care providers at its heart. Participants will share successes and lessons learned from this maternal and newborn health intervention, to better determine how the programme can be scaled-up. Supported by the UK's Department for International Development...

2010-09-23 13:26:58

A new technique pioneered at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is improving the detection and monitoring of insecticide resistance in field populations of an important malaria-carrying mosquito. Researchers at LSTM, led by Dr Charles Wondji have developed a new technique which encourages the female Anopheles funestus mosquitoes to lay eggs which are then reared into adult mosquitoes to provide sufficient numbers to determine levels of insecticide resistance and to characterize the...

2010-01-26 13:20:21

A new study by the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium has estimated that more than 125 million pregnancies around the world are at risk from malaria every year. Until now, estimates have only been available for endemic areas in Africa. The Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium was established in 2007 at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to improve the control of malaria in pregnancy. Burden assessment is an important first step in a country's malaria control plan in order to target limited...

2009-10-29 09:27:15

Scientists at LSTM have developed a tool to support the development of appropriate age-based dosing regimens for malaria drugs. Weight-based dosing is challenging in many malaria endemic countries because access to formal health services is limited, functioning scales may be scarce and many treatments are given at home using antimalarials bought from shops and street vendors.  In these settings, drug doses are calculated using a patient's age to estimate their body weight. There are no...

2009-08-20 14:35:00

The European Commission is funding a two year, &eur;500,000 project to co-ordinate European and international research into the development of new drugs to treat malaria.The CRIMALDDI project (Coordination, Rationalization and Integration of Antimalarial Drug Discovery and Development Initiatives) is being led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and brings together key players in the antimalarial drug discovery fields including the World Health Organization, the Medicines for...

2009-08-18 16:35:00

This Thursday marks the anniversary of one of the most important scientific discoveries in the battle against malaria.  On 20th August 1897, the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes was established by Ronald Ross, a British doctor working in India who became LSTM's first senior lecturer.  He was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine in 1902 for his discovery.Ross was born in India in 1857 and returned there in 1881 after education and study in England leading to his medical...

2009-08-13 13:16:22

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) has been awarded £48,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as part of its ongoing work with ex-Far Eastern Prisoners of War (FEPOW) to create an archive of oral histories from surviving prisoners.  The grant will expand this work through a website and interaction project that will allow many more of their stories to be told and preserved for future generations.The two year project is led by LSTM's Professor Geoff Gill with partners...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'