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The UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health has funded over £170,000 in Small Grants to UCL researchers, hosted events in London and around the world - including roundtables, seminars and public events - and helped create the UCL Institute of Global Health.

Details of awards are listed below - click on the relevant academic year for further information.

2019-20

Small Grants

Bringing an End to Silence: An investigation into the mental health consequences of child marriage and potential solutions (£7,465)

  • Dr Rochelle Burgess, Institute for Global Prosperity, Bartlett
  • Dr Gemma Lewis, Division of Psychiatry, Brain Sciences

Delineating the Epidemiology of first episode Psychosis in Chile: a nationwide register study of 30,000 incident cases between 2005 and 2018 (£7,372)

  • Dr James Kirkbride, Division of Psychiatry, Brain Sciences
  • Dr Tao Ding, Department of Statistical Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Doctoral Students' Small Grants 

Using Novel Mannose-Binding Lectin (MBL) therapy to treat MRSA biofilm infections (£2,000)

  • Ms Kerry-Anne Kite, Institute of Child Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Ms Arely Leyton, Eastman Dental Hospital, Medical Sciences

The Microbiome in Health and Disease: UCL Conference 2020 (£2,500)

  • Miss Lily Gates, Institute of Child Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Miss Lydia Mapstone, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, Life Sciences
2018-19

Small Grants

Childhood Infections and Pollution (CHIP) Study: Using citizen science to better manage and prevent infections in under-5s in Indian urban slums (£4,000)

  • Dr Logan Manikam, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Michalis Vitos, Department of Geography, Social & Historical Sciences

Preventing a Post-antibiotic Future: the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance, global solutions, global governance? (£4,000)

  • Dr Tom Pegram, School of Political Sciences, Social & Historical Sciences
  • Professor Sarah Hawkes, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences

Travelling for Surgery: Perioperative care and the global movement of patients and carers (£4,000)

  • Dr Cecilia Vindrola, School of Political Sciences, Social & Historical Sciences
  • Professor Ramani Moonesinghe, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences

Doctoral Student Small Grants

Development of Membrane Bioreactor of electro-conductive nanocomposite for Hospital Wastewater Treatment (£2,000)

  • Diana S.R. Ahmed, PhD student, in Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics & Physical Sciences
  • Adam Strange, PhD student in Eastman Dental Institute, Medical Sciences, and a Honorary Research Fellow in Rheumatology at UCLH 

The Effect of Magnetic Nanoparticle-mediated Photo-thermal Therapy on Brain Glioblastoma Cell (£2,000)

  • Georgios Kasparis, PhD student in Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics & Physical Sciences
  • Shiv Patel, PhD student in Nanotechnology, Medical Sciences 

Assessing Cerebral Oxygen Metabolism in Sickle Cell Anaemia using Novel MRI Techniques (£2,000)

  • Hanne Stotesbury, PhD student in Developmental Neurosciences, Institute of Child Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Russell Murdoch, PhD student in Medical Imaging, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Sciences

Special Initiative - Health Systems

HEADLINE Nepal: Improving healthcare delivery in rural Nepal through empowering existing training (£1,500)

  • Joe Forsdick, Mathematics & Physical Sciences 
  • Sophie Gray, Division of Biosciences, Life Sciences

Improving Health System Responses to Migration (£2,500)

  • Dr Miriam Orcutt, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Rachel Burns, Farr Institute for Health Informatics, Population Health Sciences

Special Initiative – Migration and Displacement

Flock: Non-Clinical Art Interventions for Wellbeing and Belonging among refugee, asylum seeker and displaced migrant populations (£4,795)

  • Dr Humera Iqbal, Department of Social Science / Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education
  • Prof Helen Chatterjee, Division of Biosciences, Life Sciences
  • Dr Gemma Eke [External partner - South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust]

The insights of displaced Syrian youth in Lebanon: A creative, informed representation (£4,875)

  • Dr Eleanore Hargreaves, Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, Institute of Education
  • Dr Eileen Kennedy, Institute for Global Prosperity, Bartlett
  • Al-Halibi [External partner - Multi-aid programs NGO, Lebanon]

Through the Eyes of Refugees: Documenting Prosperity Concepts in Refugee Camps (£2,500)

  • Mr James Shraiky, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering, Engineering Sciences
  • Ms Ledia Andrawes, Institute for Global Prosperity, Bartlett
  • Ms Danielle Wofford [External partner - The Interprofessional Studio for Complexity Thinking]

Workshop: Can Big Data Help Migration Research? (£2,464)

  • Dr Lydia Franklinos, Division of Biosciences, Life Sciences
  • Ms Rebecca Parrish, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences

Addressing Lebanon’s 'double crisis': film in & as research (£4,980)

  • Dr Hanna Baumann, Institute for Global Prosperity, Bartlett
  • Ms Hannah Sender, Development Planning Unit, Bartlett
  • Ms Joana Dabaj [External partner - Catalytic Action]
     
2017-18

Small Grants

From Wild Plants to Canned Sardines: change in diet and nutritional health of displaced Pygmy hunter-gatherers in Congo-Brazzaville (£4,000)

  • Dr Gul Deniz Salili, Department of Anthropology, Social & Historical Sciences
  • Dr Andrew Seal, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences

A Tool to Measure Adolescent Mental Health in low- and middle-income Countries: validating the Brief Problem Checklist in India (£3,997)

  • Dr Kelly Clarke, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Professor Glyn Lewis, Division of Psychiatry, Brain Sciences

Doctoral Student Small Grants

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Syrian Refugees with Trauma-related Distress (£1,835)

  • Aseel Hamid (Brain Sciences)
  • Miriam Orcutt (Population Health Sciences)
2016-17

Small Grants

Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Child Marriage through Elopement in Rural Nepal (£4,000)

  • Dr Joanna Morrison, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Jenny Parkes, Department of Education, Practice & Society, Institute of Education 

World Awareness for Children in Trauma Workshops (£4,000)

  • Dr Miranda Wolpert, Department of Clinical, Education and Health Psychology, Brain Sciences
  • Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Department of Geography, Social & Historical Sciences

Haptic Feedback for Body-powered Prosthetic Hands (£3,900)

  • Dr Helge Wurdemann, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering 
  • Dr Rui Loureiro, Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, Medical Sciences
2015-16

Small Grants 

Prototyping and Evaluation of an Innovative Solar Pump and Pasteurisation System for Impoverished Areas with Water-related Health Problems (£4,000)

  • Luiza Campos, Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Mark Barrett, Energy Institute, Bartlett

Beating Diabetes in Urban Nepal (£3,982)

  • Dr Joanna Morrison, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Angel Chater, School of Pharmacy, Life Sciences

Health Governance in Situations of Contested Sovereignty: The cases of Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan and Syria (£4,000)

  • Neil Mitchell, Department of Political Science, Social & Historical Sciences
  • Dr Sarah Hawkes, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences

Cultural Beliefs about Different Medicinal Forms such as Pills, Injections, Suppositories, Inhalers, Vaginal tablets (£4,000)

  • Sudaxshina Murdan, School of Pharmacy, Life Sciences
  • Professor Adrian Furnham, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Brain Sciences

Perceptions of Pneumonia Treatment and Drivers of Adherence to Oral Antibiotics in Rural Malawi (£3,900)

  • Dr Tim Colbourn, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Fiona Stevenson, Department of Primary Care and Population Health, Population Health Sciences

Cash Transfers in Nepal: Understanding male involvement in the household economy to inform cash transfer-based health programmes targeting pregnant women in the Terai of Nepal (£3,262)

  • Dr Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Emily Woodhouse, Department of Anthropology, Social & Historical Sciences
2014-15

Small Grants

The Impact of Epilepsy on Arranged Matrimony in India: A Descriptive Study and  Formulation of Recommendations (£4,000)

  • Professor John Duncan, Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, Brain Sciences
  • Dr Caroline Selai, Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences, Brain Sciences

Developing a Robust Measure of Future Pregnancy Intention: a multi-disciplinary collaboration (£3,999)

  • Dr Chelsea Morroni, Institute for Women's Health & Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Professor Sarah Randall, Department of Anthropology, Social & Historical Sciences

Developing the DECREASE Trial: Decreasing Case fatality Rates of newborns through E-health, Audit and Supportive Education: a cluster randomized step-wedge trial (cRCT) of the Newborn Care Network (£4,000)

  • Dr Michelle Heys, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Patty Kostkova, Computer Science, Maths & Physical Sciences

Malaria in Myanmar: Understanding malaria epidemiology and artemisinin-resistance in Eastern Bago region to inform malaria control within South East Asia (£4,000)

  • Dr Nigel Field, Infection and Population Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Professor Therese Hesketh, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences

A Scoping Review to Examine Intellectual Disability Stigma around the Globe (£4,000)

  • Dr Katrina Scior, Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, Brain Sciences
  • Dr Maria Kett, Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre

Growing Fresh Air in Dharavi, Mumbai: Live research-led participatory design with the Kumbharwada community (£4,000)

  • Dr David Osrin, Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences
  • Dr Camillo Boano, Development Planning Unit, Bartlett

Case Studies

The following are just a few examples of the cross-disciplinary work that the Grand Challenge has brought about and the important impact the work has had in the world. For more details about other work funded by this Grand Challenge since its inception, please contact the co-ordinator Nina Quach (n.quach@ucl.ac.uk).

Small Grant: Project sparks global call to stop disability stigma

In 2014, Dr Katrina Scior (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) and Dr Maria Kett (Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre at UCL) were awarded a Global Health Small Grant of £4,000 to look at disability stigma. Find out more

See the connections Global Health Small Grants have made across UCL:

 

This graph visualises the collaborations between researchers in UCL departments and divisions facilitated by UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants in Global Health, from its establishment in 2009 to the end of the 2016/17 academic year.

Lancet Commission: Spurring action on health and climate change

The UCL-Lancet Commission on Health & Climate Change, published in 2009, brought together researchers from around the world to publish influential research on the effects of climate change on global health. Find out more

Lancet Lecture 2016: Action on Climate Change

Allied to the Lancet Commission (above), for over 15 years, UCL and the medical journal The Lancet have come together to organise an annual lecture dedicated to a global health topic. Past speakers have included the Head of UN AIDS Michel Sidibé, author and activist Arundhati Roy, and former New Zealand PM Helen Clark.

For the 2016 Lancet Lecture, Christiana Figueres, former UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) chief spoke passionately and knowledgeably on the need to tackle climate change to protect and improve health. This lecture also saw the launch of the Lancet Countdown, an international research collaboration, dedicated to tracking the world's response to climate change, and the health benefits that emerge from this transition.

You can watch the 2016 Lancet Lecture and find out more in our News section.

Policy work: Non-communicable diseases

The UCL Global Health Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Season, held in Spring 2014, culminated in the first global health-focused NCD event to be held in the UK Parliament, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

As part of the series of events, the Grand Challenge of Global Health held a photo competition on the theme 'Living with Chronic Disease'.