Welcome to The Vaccine Centre

The Vaccine Centre is a resource for those interested in ongoing and future research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the field of vaccines.

* Website Update *

The Vaccines Centre has recently changed leadership and as part of this changeover the Centre website is being updated. Watch this space for latest news, updates and events.

The website will also be upgraded at the end of 2018 as part of an LSHTM wide refresh of all Centre websites. The new look website will be launched in early 2019.

If you are not a member of the Centre and would like to join, please sign up to the mailing list to receive updates and information about upcoming events.

 Short Course: Epidemiological evaluation of vaccines July 2019


An intensive 2-week short course on The Epidemiological Evaluation of Vaccines will be run at LSHTM from the 2nd to 12th July.

Although there are several courses in vaccinology, few are aimed at advanced epidemiological tools for vaccine evaluation. This course fills that gap, providing an understanding of the methods used in the evaluation of vaccines from early clinical trials through to assessment of population impact, modelling, cost-effectiveness analysis, safety surveillance and policy. It aims to tackle issues in high, middle and low income countries.

There is a 50% reduction in course fees to early registrants from low or middle income countries.

Please see the course flyer and further details on the LSHTM website.

Measles and rubella in Europe: a process of elimination

Leading public health experts brought together by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and WHO/Europe discuss lessons learnt and the way forward to eliminate measles and rubella in Europe.

The Power of Vaccines

Immunisation is the single most powerful medical tool for improving health. For example, the introduction of WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation in 1974 has prevented tens of millions of unnecessary childhood deaths. Modern immunisation programmes combine the products of sophisticated bioengineering with complex epidemiological surveillance and modelling to protect children and adults. Animal vaccines help increase farming efficiency and secure our food supply. However, many significant diseases still have no effective vaccine and some life-saving vaccines do not reach everyone who needs them. Our vision is a world in which all major infectious diseases and their sequelae are controlled by vaccination, in the UK and across the globe.


The Vaccine Centre members regularly publish papers and articles in the field of vaccination development and administration including: epidemiological findings, pre-clinical development, clinical trials, regulation, mathematical modelling and monitoring disease prevalence.


The Vaccine Centre brings together scientists studying development, testing and evaluation to produce research in the field of vaccines.

Times Higher Education 'University of the Year 2016'

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been awarded the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) ‘University of the Year’ award for 2016. The School was the judges’ unanimous choice for the award, given in recognition of its response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014/15.

Global Health Research in an Unequal World: Ethics Case Studies from Africa

Vaccine Centre researcher Dr Tracey Chantler has collaborated with researchers from the Royal Anthropological Institute (UK) and the University of Oslo (Norway) to produce this collection of fictionalised case studies. This book explores everyday ethical dilemmas and challenges, encountered in the process of conducting global health research in places where the effects of global, political and economic inequality are particularly evident. It is a training tool to fill the gap between research ethics guidelines, and their implementation 'on the ground'. The case studies, therefore, focus on 'relational' ethics: ethical actions and ideas that emerge through relations with others, rather than in regulations.

Measles & Rubella in Europe: A Process of Elimination

All European countries had a long-standing commitment to eliminate measles and rubella from the region by 2015. Although outbreaks continue to occur, progress has been made, with 34 of 53 countries having interrupted transmission of either or both diseases by 2014. What are the next steps in the fight against measles and rubella in Europe? At this critical juncture, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in conjunction with WHO European Regional Office hosted a 1-day public event on the 20th September 2016.

HPRU in Immunisation Annual Scientific Meeting

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation is a unique partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England creating a dynamic fusion of academic research and public health implementation that rapidly translates scientific advances in immunization into measurable benefits for society.  The annual open meeting for scientists and non-scientists interested in vaccination and the work of the HPRU in Immunisation was held on the 19th September 2016.