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UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health

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The causes of global health problems are complex. Social inequalities, political unrest and environmental degradation all play their part, and no single academic discipline has all the answers.

The Grand Challenge of Global Health brings together expertise from across UCL – from the humanities, engineering and architecture, to biomedical science, policy and law – to develop  innovative, workable  solutions to global health problems. 

“The Grand Challenge of Global Health brings together world class researchers to find solutions to global health problems, prevent suffering, and encourage policy change worldwide”


For more information, visit www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health


The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

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The Institute for Global Health hosts the Secretariat for the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). The GACD is a collection of the world's biggest public research funding agencies. They fund joint research programmes into life-style related or chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, certain cancers, lung diseases and mental health). 

The GACD is the first collaboration of major research funding agencies to specifically address chronic non-communicable diseases. Together, the members of the alliance represent 80% of public health research funding worldwide. GACD member organisations are:

  • Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
  • The U.K.’s Medical Research Council 
  • The U.S.'s National Institutes of Health
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research
  • The South African Medical Research Council
  • The European Commission’s Health Directorate in the Research & Innovation DG
  • Mexico’s National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán
  • Argentina's Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation 

The alliance coordinates and supports research activities that address the prevention and treatment of NCDs or chronic non-communicable diseases, on a global scale. NCDs account for 60 percent of deaths globally.  Our multi-country, multi-disciplinary research focuses in particular on the needs of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where 80% of deaths from chronic diseases occur. We also focus on research with vulnerable populations of more developed countries. 

For more information, visit www.gacd.org