The seven projects will be carried out in collaboration with three overseas partners: CDT-Africa at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and the Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Expertise within the Global Health team will be expanded through new senior posts in Health Economics and Social Science. The unit, to be known as the ‘NIHR Global Health Research Unit for NTDs at BSMS’, will also provide opportunities for six new postdoctoral research fellows and eight PhD students.
Professor Melanie Newport and Professor Gail Davey, co-Directors of the new unit, welcomed the announcement. Professor Newport said: “We are looking forward to applying the experience we’ve already developed as a cross-disciplinary research group to these highly neglected conditions, and to bringing in complementary research skills.”
Professor Davey added: “This grant will mean we can push forward podoconiosis research at a much greater pace and I am excited by the opportunity to work with young scientists from Ethiopia and Sudan – both countries that are heavily affected by NTDs.”