The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a postgraduate medical school of the University of London. With approximately 800 staff and over 2,000 postgraduate students from over 100 countries, the School has a long history of work on malaria and capacity development in this field.
Currently, about 100 staff work on some aspect of malaria covering a wide range of disciplines. Thus, there is a large pool of expertise at LSHTM to support postgraduate students working in this field. Work on malaria at LSHTM is coordinated through the Malaria Centre, which was established in 1998 and is directed by Dr. Chris Drakeley. A grant to the Malaria Centre from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 allowed the establishment of the Gates Malaria Partnership.
The staff of the Malaria Centre have strong links with institutions in Africa, including those in Ghana, Tanzania, The Gambia and Uganda. Currently, approximately 30 students are registered for a PhD in a topic related to malaria, and the School graduates about 10 such students each year.
LSHTM will act as the coordinator for MCDC activities. The School took this role in the Gates Malaria Partnership, and will continue to make use of its extensive experience of coordinating consortia involving partners in developing countries.