May 2016 Newsletter

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Grand Challenges 2021
In April, a Town Hall meeting took place to present priorities for the four existing Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Human Wellbeing and Intercultural Interaction over the next five years, and to introduce two new Grand Challenges of Transformative Technology and Justice and Equality.

The Grand Challenges team is now undertaking a UCL wide consultation to ask people about:
  • Proposed priorities for the four existing Grand Challenges from 2016-2021
  • Names and priorities for the two new Grand Challenges
  • Interest in joining new Grand Challenges Working Groups
Any UCL colleagues interested in sharing their thoughts on the GCGH 2021 priorities or joining the GCGH working group are encouraged to complete the consultation.
Click here for Grand Challenges 2021 Consultation

Thurs 28 April 2016

Students get to grips with Global Goals

GCGH supported a London International Development Centre (LIDC) and UCL Institute for Global Prosperity  student conference on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) on Thursday 28 April 2016.

The one day conference sought to inform students about the global goals and get them thinking about how they could promote and support them. The action packed agenda featured speakers from academia and the third sector, and was made interactive through six thematic workshops.
Interesting points raised included:
  • Interconnectedness of global goals requires different sectors working together in new ways e.g. healthcare and transport
  • Redesigning systems to support human well-being without using unsustainable resources is a technological and policy challenge
  • "right to health" is a development with great potential
  • “Peak youth” (1.8bn 10-24 year olds in the world) happens in next 15 years and is an opportunity for the global goals
More on Global Goals Conference here

Thurs 19 May 2016

AMR Review: serious challenge to Global Health
The UK government commissioned review on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) led by economist Lord Jim O’Neill laid bare the challenge posed to global health and made recommendations for a global action plan.
The report set out the cost of AMR in both health and financial terms and the need to:
  • reduce unnecessary antibiotic use in human and animal health
  • develop new classes of antibiotics
  • increase the use of rapid diagnostics to enable more targeted use of antibiotics in human health
  • launch a global public awareness campaign
UCL has set up an AMR Network to bring together academics from different disciplines to tackle AMR.

In addition, a UCL AMR website detailing some of the university's research activities in this area was launched last week.
Read the AMR Review Final Report here


UK Research Office

European Research Council Advanced Grant Proposal Writing and Information Event

On Thursday 9 June, UKRO will hold a proposal writing and information event on applying for European Research Council (ERC) advanced grants. Any Global Health researchers interested in applying to the ERC Advanced Grant call which will come out in September 2016 might want to attend this workshop.

The event takes place at the Natural History Museum in London from 10.30-12.45.

Register to attend


Royal Society of Medicine

The Future of Humanitarian Medicine - the 2016 catastrophes & consequences conference

Climate change, population growth and fragile states contribute to the kind of natural disasters and conflict that produce humanitarian crises. Providing healthcare to crisis hit populations is difficult and attacks on healthcare workers and facilities as well as protracted conflicts bring new ethical dilemmas to the field of humanitarian medicine.

This one day conference takes place on Monday 27 June at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, W1G 0AE.

Register to attend


UCL Institute for Global Health & Partners

A Global Call to end Intellectual Disability Stigma

A group of researchers from UCL, the University of Warwick and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem led by UCL’s Dr Katrina Scior have published a global call to end stigma for people with intellectual disabilities published in the Lancet Global Health.

The paper notes that people with intellectual disabilities are among the most marginalised within society, experiencing high levels of health, social, and financial inequities.
The call was developed following a scoping review of intellectual disability stigma funded by a UCL Grand Challenges Small Grant awarded to Dr Scior in 2014.

Consigned to the margins: a call for global action to challenge intellectual disability stigma

UCL Institute for Global Health & UN High Commission for Refugees

Improving nutrition for Saharawi refugees in Algeria

A group of researchers including UCL’s Andrew Seal along with Mélody Tondeur, Caroline Wilkinson and Paul Spiegel from the UN High Commission for Refugees, and Nutrition Consultant Núria Salse Ubach, published a study in Public Health Nutrition on the use of nutritional supplements for Saharawi refugees in Algeria, many of whom experience chronic malnutrition and anaemia.
Interviews and sachet counting were used to test acceptability and adherence to daily doses of lipid-based nutrient supplement (LNS) among children, and micronutrient powder (MNP) among children and pregnant and lactating women. Both supplements met pre-defined acceptability criteria, although LNP supplements had higher acceptability and consumption levels.

Rapid acceptability and adherence testing of lipid-based nutrient supplement and micronutrient powder among refugee children and pregnant & lactating women in Algeria 

UCL Institute for Global Health & Partners

Optimising investment in Georgia's HIV response

A report has been published on how Georgia can optimally allocate resources to reduce the burden of HIV in the country.
The report, which makes a number of recommendations for action, was compiled by Hassan-Haghparast-Bidgoli, Laura Grobicki, Jolene Skordis-Worrall and Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths from UCL, together with partners from the NCDC (Georgia), World Bank, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNSW and The Global Fund.

Optimising investment in Georgia's HIV response final report

Funding calls

Global Challenges Research Fund pledges £40m to Health & Food

The new Global Challenges Research Fund has pledged £40m for health and food security research. This includes a £19m call for foundation awards of up to £600k for non-communicable disease (NCD) research and £9m for global infection research both led by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) also has a £15m call for proposals on global agriculture and food systems.

Closing date for applications for all three calls is 22nd June 2016.
Interested UCL researchers are kindly requested to inform their institute director and SLMS Strategic Research Coordinator Helen Hopkins (

More information here (UCL password needed)
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