Past events

  • RSTMH Topics in Infection 2017  |  25/01/2017  |  Brunei Gallery, SOAS

Topics in Infection took place on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS in Bloomsbury. This one-day meeting, which we organise annually in association with Public Health England and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, brings together over 300 microbiologists, consultants in infectious disease, infection control nurses and biomedical and clinical scientists to hear updates on recent ‘hot topics’ in all aspects of infectious disease. We are delighted to have secured such excellent speakers, Dr Chrisse Jones, University of Southampton, presenting on Maternal immunisation, Professor Anthony Scott, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, presenting on Pneumococcal vaccination and Professor Nick Thomson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, presenting on Chlamydia to name just a few.

The full programme can be downloaded here.

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 12/12/2016 | 12.45 – 13.45 | Manson Theatre

This seminar provided an opportunity to learn about two programmes aimed at increasing immunisation uptake in different geographic contexts and discuss the methods that were used to evaluate these interventions.

Childhood vaccination remains a primary mechanism for reducing the burden of infectious diseases and ensuring that vaccination targets are met. The ‘Celebrate and Protect’ programme was developed to improve the uptake of childhood vaccination across several boroughs within London.  A celebration card was used to encourage attendance for vaccination and enhance relationships between general practices and parents/carers of children. The programme was delivered in three waves across 15 boroughs between July 2012 and April 2014. This presentation will discuss challenges encountered in delivering and evaluating the programme; engaging front line primary care staff, working with industry partners, using routinely collected data, and the changing landscape of public health.

From Jan-Dec 2016 we conducted a formative evaluation of the International Rescue Committees ‘Fifth Child Project’. This project uses a combination of tools and training initiatives to try and close the immunization gap in rural areas of western Ethiopia. At the start of our talk we will show a short video which describes how the ‘Enat Mastawesha’ (Mother’s reminder – colour coded calendar) and a vaccine defaulter tracing system are used to support the delivery of Family Health Services Packages, as part of the Health Extension Programme. We will then outline our evaluation design and present initial findings.

  • Vaccine Centre Student Event | 30/11/2016 | 15.00 – 17.00 | John Snow Theatre

This was an open meeting for anyone studying vaccines or vaccine-related sciences. It brought together PhD students from LSHTM’s 3 faculties who presented their work on vaccine related topics:

Lisa Stockdale – ‘Mycobacterial antibodies and effect of CMV on BCG vaccine-induced humoral responses’ 

Sherif Abouelhadi – ‘Developing of novel glycoengineering tools’ 

James Munday – ‘Vaccination and inequalities in infectious disease – insights from transmission modelling’ 

Frank Sandmann – ‘How should we cost infectious disease outbreaks in healthcare settings?’ 

Rebecca Harris – ‘The potential impact of BCG vaccine shortfalls on childhood TB mortality’ 

  • Varicella and zoster in Hong Kong – what needs to be done despite of universal childhood vaccination? | 3/11/16 | 12.45-1.45 | John Snow Lecture Theatre

In Hong Kong, universal varicella vaccination for children started in 2014. Prior to that it was available in the private market and a substantial proportion of children had been receiving it on their own cost. In this seminar I will present our observation on the changes in epidemiology of varicella and zoster during the period before universal vaccination and our plan to explore the optimum vaccination strategies for varicella and zoster.

  • HPRU in Immunisation Annual Scientific Meeting | 19/9/2016 | 14.00-18.00 | John Snow Lecture Theatre

An open meeting for scientists and non-scientists interested in vaccination and the work of the HPRU in Immunisation

Theme 1 Electronic Health Record Research – Sara Thomas

‘The impact of rotavirus vaccination – the continuing story’

Theme 2 Modelling, Economics, Evidence-synthesis – Albert Jan van Hoek

‘Should England’s elderly get the pneumonia vaccine that we give children?’

Theme 3 Vaccine delivery and confidence – Pauline Paterson

‘Why do some Jewish parents in London delay or refuse vaccination? Findings from a mixed methods study’ – Rehana Ahmed, NHS England

‘Causal or not? Lessons from vaccine safety world Hanna Nohynek, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland

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.

  • Measles & Rubella in Europe: A Process of Elimination | 20/9/2016 |John Snow Lecture Theatre

Where next for measles and rubella in Europe?

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 will host a 1-day public event to:

  • make key audiences aware of how far we have come and what remains to be done;
  • examine how some countries have overcome barriers to elimination so that others may learn from these strategies;
  • review recent advances in our understanding of measles elimination, attitudes towards vaccination and accurate measurement of vaccine safety.

Experts in disease control, health policy, epidemiology, behavioural science and the media will share their experiences and discuss the way forward during a full day of presentations and panel discussions. Based on these discussions, key messages to policy-makers will be developed to encourage prioritization of immunization in countries currently lagging behind.

Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, WHO – ‘Measles & Rubella: A Global and Regional Picture’

Session 1: ‘Country Experiences: Lessons Learnt and Best Practices’

Chair: Anthony Scott

Gayane Sahakyan, NIP Manager – ‘Communicating and Motivating to Reach the Goal: Insights of an Immunization Programme Manager’

Susan Hahne, RIVM – ‘Measles and Rubella Elimination in the Netherlands: Lessons learnt and challenges for the future’

Susan Reef, CDC – ‘PAHO’s Experience of Eliminating Rubella’

Session 2: ‘Recent Advances in Controlling Measles and Rubella’

Chair: John Edmunds

Sebastian Funk – ‘Target Immunity Levels for Achieving Measles Elimination’

Nick Andrews, PHE – ‘Convulsions, Autism, Meningitis, Gait Disturbance: Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff in Vaccine Safety Assessment’

Pauline Paterson – ‘Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy’

Panel discussion: ‘Challenges with Elimination and How They Can Be Overcome’

Chair: Robb Butler, WHO

Gunter Pfaff, Regional Verification Committee
Andy Pollard, Oxford, SAGE
Fiona Fox, Science Media Centre
Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, WHO

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 05/09/16 | 13.00 – 14.00 | Bennett Room (LG-80)

Rosalind Eggo & Daniela Manno – ‘Conducting vaccine trials during an epidemic: experiences with changing designs as the epidemic progresses’

Deborah Watson-Jones – ‘Challenges of conducting clinical trials during an epidemic – the EBOVAC Salone experience’

  • Vaccine Centre Pneumococcal Forum | 22/6/16 | 13.00-16.00 | Room LG6

The Vaccine Centre is hosting a pneumococcal forum to present topical work on pneumococcal vaccination currently on-going at LSHTM and collaborators. Through a series of short talks the meeting aims to connect researchers with a shared interest in pneumococcus and to provide a brief overview of topical questions and on-going studies related to pneumococcal vaccinology.

  • Special Seminars on the Epidemiological evolution of vaccines: efficacy, safety and policy | 4-13/7/16 | John Snow Lecture Theatre A

Five special seminars accompanied 2016’s ‘Epidemiological evaluation of vaccines: efficacy, safety and policy’ short course and was open to ALL staff and students at LSHTM. The schedule was as follows:

  • How to introduce a new vaccine | 4/7/16 | John Snow Lecture Theatre A
    David Salisbury, Former Director of Immunisation at the UK Department of Health, other former roles include chair of WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Vaccines

  • Global Implementation of Vaccination Programs: past, present and future | 6/7/16 | John Snow Lecture Theatre A 
    David Heymann, Public Health England, LSHTM, and former Assistant Director-General, Communicable Diseases of the World Health Organization

  • Public trust in vaccines | 7/7/16 | John Snow Lecture Theatre A 
    Heidi Larson, LSHTM, Former head of Global Communication for Immunization at UNICEF and Chair of Advocacy Task Force for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) & David Heymann

  • Optimal use of the first licensed dengue vaccine: balancing benefit against potential risks | 11/7/16 | John Snow Lecture Theatre A
    Neil Fergueson, Imperial College London, Professor of Mathematical Biology & Head of Department

  • Vaccination in emergencies: overcoming obstacles and decreasing delays | 13/7/16 | John Snow Lecture Theatre A 
    Rebecca Grais, Epicentre, Director of Epidemiology and Population Health

  • Vaccine Centre Retreat | 11-12/02/16 | Cumberland Lodge

The Vaccine Centre held its inaugural annual retreat on the 11th and 12th of February, 2016 at Cumberland lodge. Over 70 scientists, from PhD students to Professors, attended from LSHTM and external organisations connected to the Vaccine Centre.

  • Vaccination Programmes and the Public: Past & Present | 11/11/15| John Snow Lecture Theatre

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 02/11/15 | 13.00 – 14.00 | Manson Lecture Theatre

Peter Hobbelen, Public Health England – ‘The burden of hospitalisations due to varicella zoster virus in England’

Yoon Choi, Public Health England – ‘Pertussis resurgence in England and Wales – modelling studys’

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 05/10/15 | 13.00 – 14.00 | Manson Lecture Theatre

Martin Goodier – ‘Priming of Natural killer cells by Influenza vaccines and the impact of human Cytomegalovirus infection’

Julia Stowe, Public Health England – ‘Risk of narcolepsy after AS03 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine in adults- some methodological challenges’

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 07/09/15 | 12.00 – 13.00 | John Snow Lecture Theatre A

Carolyn Nielsen – ‘The impact of cytomegalovirus infection on vaccine responses’

Mark Jit – ‘Putting a price on health: estimating country willingness to pay for a DALY based on vaccine purchasing decisions’

  • Vaccine Centre PhD Scientific Meeting | 21/07/15 | 16.00 – 17.45 | Jerry Morris A/B

The programme of presentations was as follows:

Oliver Le Polain – ‘Social mixing patterns relevant to the spread of S.pneumoniae and other respiratory infections in south west’

Katherine Gallagher – ‘Evaluating human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine introduction in Tanzania – filling in some of the gaps’

Andreia Leite – ‘Near real-time vaccine safety surveillance using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink – a feasibility study’

Samuel Thorburn – ‘Validation of peptide-based strategies for the identification of pre-erythrocytic malaria antibody epitopes’

Rebecca Harris – ‘Mathematical modelling of future trends in TB epidemiology in China and the potential impact of age-targeted novel TB vaccines’

Ngozi Erondu – ‘A new evaluation approach applied to meningitis surveillance in Chad’

Katherine Theiss-Nyland – ‘A simple…’

  • Special Seminars on the Epidemiological evaluation of vaccines: efficacy, safety and policy | 17/07/15 |

4 special seminars will accompany this years ‘Epidemiological evaluation of vaccines: efficacy, safety and policy’ short course. The seminars were open to all and cover a wide variety of subjects.

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 01/06/15 | 13.00 – 14.00 | Bennet Room
    Christian BottomleyAnthony Scott – ‘Impact of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine against clinical and radiographic pneumonia in children under five in Kilifi’

Rebecca Harris – ‘Mathematical modelling of future trends in TB epidemiology in China and the potential impact of age-targeted novel TB vaccines’

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 14/04/15 | 13.00 – 14.00 | John Snow Lecture Theatre A

Shamez Ladhani – ‘Increase in Meningococcal group W (Men W) disease following rapid expansion of a single hypervirulent ST11 clone: potential vaccination strategies’

Stefan Flasche – ‘Key factors for predicting the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines on pediatric pneumococcal disease

  • HPRU in Immunisation Annual Scientific Meeting | 30/03/15 | 13.30 – 17.30 | John Snow A

The meeting will began with presentations by HPRU scientists from LSHTM and Public Health England, showcasing the scientific progress made by the unit.

  • Joint Malaria Centre/Vaccine Centre meeting on RTS,S Vaccine Evaluation | 12/02/15 | 16.00 – 18.00 | Manson Room

  • Mini-symposium on Decision Support Models in Vaccine Development, Implementation and Policy | 22/01/15 | 15.30 – 17.00 | Manson Room

  • Vaccine Centre PhD Student Presentation Event | 05/12/14 | 15.30 – 17.30| John Snow Lecture Theatre

The Vaccine Centre hosted an event for PhD students engaged in vaccine related projects (at any level of progress) to present their work to their peers, supervisors and members of the Vaccine Centre.

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 01/12/14 | 12.00 – 13.00 | Manson Lecture Theatre

Katherine Atkins – ‘Quantifying the impact of vaccination on the evolution of virulence: Lessons from a veterinary pathogen’

Ulla Griffiths – ‘Incremental costs of introducing pneumococcal, rotavirus and a second dose of measles vaccine into the Zambian routine immunisation schedule: Are expansions sustainable?’

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 13/08/14 | 12.00 – 13.00 | Manson Lecture Theatre

Marc Brisson – ‘The 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine: exploring its additional impact and value’

  • Vaccine Centre Scientific Meeting | 22/07/14 | 12.00 – 13.00 | Manson Lecture Theatre

Anna Roca – ‘Non-specific effects of EPI vaccines on bacterial colonization’