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July 2016

June 2016 

  • Jen Palmer presented a talk, "Evaluating access to HAT control through RDTs" at the London NTD Centre event, Measuring access in the context of NTD elimination.
  • Pete Kingsley presented a paper entitled "Controlling sleeping sickness in Southern Sudan 1955-2005: remembering, forgetting and the production of humanitarian knowledge" at the Edinburgh Infectious Diseases network's Annual Conference.
  • Pete Kingsley presented at a workshop entitled "Governing multisectoral collaborations for Health in Low and Middle Income Countries", held at the Bellagio Center - The Rockefeller Foundation in Italy.
  • Michelle Taylor attended two conferences at the University of Glasgow, entitled "Evidence for the future: what’s next for evidence based policy planning?" and “One Health Day: Collaborating with industrial, academic, government and non-government organisations in One Health".

May 2016

  • Jen Palmer presented a talk, "Rapid diagnostics tests: The making of a global health good for the elimination of sleeping sickness" at the Birkbeck University conference, After the End of Disease. A series of weekly blog posts from presenters at the conference are available on Somatosphere. 
  • Michelle Taylor attended the ISNTD d³ conference in London, focussed on diagnostics, drug discovery and development.
  • Pete Kingsley attended a workshop entitled "The (In)Security of Global Health" hosted by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Security Research.

April 2016

  • Jen Palmer attended the British Society of Parasitology's spring meeting, "From Science to Solutions: optimising control of parasitic disease".
  • Pete Kingsley presented a paper entitled "A Century of Veterinarians and Cattle Disease in Nigeria – a History of Policy and Its Absence" at the "Towards a multispecies anthropology" conference, held at the University of Edinburgh.

March 2016

  • Pete Kingsley met with Jo Cocker (Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines) and Oliver Sutcliffe (Manchester Metropolitan University) to plan work on the quality testing of veterinary drugs.

February 2016

  • Rebecca Thompson and Pete Kingsley attended a cross-disciplinary networking event entitled "Vets and Society" at the University of Edinburgh.

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November 2015

October 2015

  • Pete Kingsley visited Switzerland to conduct research at the WHO archives in Geneva, and attend the Global Risk Forum's One Health Summit in Davos.

September 2015

  • Lawrence Dritsas, Pete Kingsley, and Jen Palmer attended the HAT platform meeting, and the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control conference in N'djamena, Chad.
  • Michelle Taylor presented a paper entitled 'One Health in Real Life: African Trypanosomiasis Case Studies From Uganda and South Sudan' at the British Parasitological Society's Autumn Symposium in London.
  • Jennifer Palmer presented a paper entitled 'Controlling sleeping sickness amidst conflict & calm: remembering, forgetting, and the politics of humanitarian knowledge in Southern Sudan, 1955-2005' at the MAGic2015 conference on Anthropology and Global Health at the University of Sussex.

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

  • Pete Kingsley presented a paper entitled 'Tests and Packages - a short history of making drugs safe' at the Humanitarian Goods workshop, University of Edinburgh.
  • Michelle Taylor and Jen Palmer visited trypanosomiasis experts at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, and the Belgium Development Corporation Archives in Brussels as part of a research study on the history of HAT diagnostics

April 2015

  • INZI joined the HAT platform - a research network focussed on sleeping sickness.  In the HAT platform newsletter, Jen Palmer also published an article entitled 'Lessons on Rapid Diagnostic Tests from West Nile, Uganda', which can be read on page 13 here.

March 2015

  • Jen Palmer and Pete Kingsley presented a paper entitled 'Controlling disease amidst conflict and calm: the challenges of coordinating humanitarian responses to sleeping sickness in Southern Sudan, 1955-2005' at a Joint Humanitarian Policy Group/African Humanitarian Association symposium 'Learning from the past to shape the future: Lessons from the history of humanitarian action in Africa'.
  • Rebekah Thompson is currently conducting fieldwork on a project instigated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on Cysticercosis in pigs in Central Uganda. This project is specifically investigating perceptions of disease amongst ILRI scientists, pig farmers, and pork butchers. It is also considering whether training introduced by ILRI has been effective in changing hygiene and sanitation practises and the reduction of disease on pig farms and in pork butchers. 
  • Shona Jane attended a British Council Workshop on 'Critical Health Social Sciences in Southern Africa' in Cape Town, South Africa.

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

  • Jennifer Palmer visited South Sudan archives in Juba as part of a research project into historical aspects of trypanosomiasis treatment and control.

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

  • Shona Jane Lee carried out fieldwork on mobile data collection tools for Veterinary health professionals, in collaboration with University of Edinburgh's Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness initiative in Northern Uganda, and Cojengo Ltd. in Kenya.
  • Pete Kingsley attended the Pan-African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign’s ‘Consultative Workshop on Strategies, Recent Technical Advances and Mechanisms for Creating Effective Partnerships in T&T Management’.  This took place in Livingstone, Zambia on September 8th-12th.

August 2014

  • Shona Jane Lee gave a talked entitled 'Big Data for Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Data Linkage and Management' at the Dealing with Data conference,  part of the University of Edinburgh's Research Data Management Service Launch event, 2014.
  • Pete Kingsley conducted fieldwork in Lusaka and Eastern Province in Zambia in partnership with the University of Zambia and Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority.

June 2014

  • We published a paper on 'One World-One Health and neglected zoonotic disease: Elimination, emergence and emergency in Uganda' in Social Science and Medicine.
  • Simon Zappia conducted research in Kenya investigating how new technologies and scientific advancements can be effectively translated into marketable innovations. The focus of his work is how tsetse control might benefit human populations and livestock.
  • Rebekah Thompson conducted fieldwork on a project instigated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on Cysticercosis in pigs in Vietnam and Uganda. This project will specifically investigate risk in the value chain, the role of women farmers, and global knowledge sharing. 

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

  • Shona Jane Lee and Pete Kingsley participated in the ICONZ board management meeting on 13-14 March. 
  • James Smith presented at a symposium entitled 'The Post-2015 development challenges for Africa: what does it mean for health?' at the Centre of African Studies, University of Leeds on 12th March.

February 2014

  • Shona Jane Lee attended the Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Control roundtable meeting, hosted by the Co-ordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU), on 27th February in Kampala, Uganda.
  • James Smith presented at the conference 'Mapping Science and Technology in Africa' at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, in Johannesburg, 12-15 February.

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

  • James Smith delivered the Global Health Academy Winter Lecture entitled 'Implications of the post Millennium Development Goal era on infectious disease research and control' on November 12th.  See the full lecture here:

October 2013

September 2013


July 2013

  • Lawrence Dritsas attended the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester, on the 22nd-28th July.  He presented a paper entitled 'The Science and Medicine of African trypanosomiasis: a late colonial odyssey'.

June 2013

  • We hosted a panel on 'Neglected tropical diseases and African development' at the European Conference on African Studies, in Lisbon, June 27-29th. 

April-May 2013

  • We travelled to East Africa to conduct preliminary research.  In Kenya, we spoke to staff at ILRI, ICIPE, the Zoonotic Disease Unit, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign, and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute's Trypanosomiasis Research Centre.EATRC2
  • In Uganda, we spoke to experts at Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda, Integrated Control of Neglected Zoonoses, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security, Makerere University, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries.
  • In South Sudan, we spoke officials and staff at the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries, Malteser International, Médecins Sans Frontières, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation and Vétérinaires Sans Frontières.

February 2013

  • Michelle Taylor attended the The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases' conference on Coinfections, at the Wellcome Trust in London, on 12th February 2013. 

December 2012

  • Michelle Taylor and James Smith published their thoughts on 'Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Post-2015 Development Agenda'.  See part two here.
  • Pete Kingsley attended the International Medical Conference to Assess Progress and Shortcomings of Global Health Revolution for Neglected Patients, hosted by Médecins Sans Frontières, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Global Health Program, in New York on December 13th-14th.

November 2012 

  • We attended the Neglected Diseases Research Symposium, hosted by the University's Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution on November 7th.

October 2012

  • Pete Kingsley attended the World Health Summit 2012, in Berlin.  
  • We attended the Global Health Academy Annual Conference, entitled 'Building the evidence base for global health interventions' on October 5th.  Professor Welburn, Director of the Global Health Academy, delivered the closing reflect with Dr. Liz Grant.