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Dr. Jamie Rylance Appointed Deputy Head of Clinical Sciences at LSTM

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The group lead for Lung Health at MLW Dr. Jamie Rylance was recently promoted to Deputy Head of Clinical Sciences at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). The details of his appointment are below:

Date of appointment: 1st August 2019

Role: Deputising for the Head at LSTM (Daniela Ferreira), and specifically trying to make the  Department of Clinical Sciences more relevant to LSTM employees not based in the UK (including Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal and elsewhere).
Many people in MLW are part of DoCS, but don’t really understand what that means – it is irrelevant to most of their work and could be seen as an unwanted added layer of bureaucracy. I’d like to change that perception by improving the DoCS-MLW relationship in a number of areas:

1. Communication: DoCS is one of the departments which interfaces with senior management at LSTM through the “management committee”. The remit is very broad, and covers human resources, budgeting, new projects and strategy; policies which have a direct impact on LSTM’s partners. I’d like DoCS members to feel that they understand the senior decisions, and have an opportunity to have their opinions heard.

2. Staff development: The relationship between DoCS and MLW might frequently overlap. For those DoCS members, there are resources available to support travel and development where it is strategically useful. I would like MLW-based people to access these more frequently and effectively.

3. Institutional policies: There are so many policies relating to how we work, many which are particularly relevant to clinical research. For those funded through LSTM, there is an inherited responsibility to adhere to their policies, in addition to local MLW ones. But I couldn’t name them, and even if I knew what I was looking for, it would take me ages to find them. I’d like to ensure that we are not creating new policies through DoCS, but making the system more efficient for those who need to follow them, including ensuring that MLW-specific issues are brought to light in Liverpool during the development of anything new.

Congratulations, Dr. Rylance!


MLW's Professor Henry Mwandumba receives the 2019 Royal Society Africa Prize

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Mwandumba ResizedMLW’s Deputy Director Professor Henry Mwandumba has been honoured by The Royal Society, being named as the recipient of this year’s Royal Society Africa Prize.


The prize is given annually to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making innovative contributions to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly and to capacity building in Africa. Professor Mwandumba has been named as this year’s recipient for his novel work in the description of the TB phagosome in HIV infected alveolar macrophages and his leadership in the College of Medicine, University of



“I am delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious prize from the Royal Society in recognition of my contribution to science in Africa. I thank those who nominated me and supported my nomination, members of my research group, colleagues and collaborators in Malawi and worldwide, our patients and study participants and the funders who have supported and continue to support our work. Lastly, I commend the Royal Society for recognising and promoting scientific excellence in Africa through the Africa Prize.”


Professor Mwandumba, who is the Deputy Director of MLW and the Head of the Mucosal and Vascular Immunology Group, is an Honorary consultant physician at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, and at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Liverpool. His research focuses understanding the effects of HIV-1 infection on lung immunity and predisposition to respiratory infections, especially TB.


He is also the President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS), member of Council of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), Immediate Past President of the Immunology Society of Malawi (ISM) and Treasurer of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians (ECSACOP). He has received support for his research from the Wellcome Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (USA) and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC). He was the 2015 Cornell University’s Distinguished African Scholar and received the MRC/DfID African Research Leader Award in 2017.


Jessie Khaki Awarded Commonwealth Doctorate Scholarship

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Jesse KhakiJessie Khaki, currently a pre-doctoral intern with both the Salmonella and Enteric Disease research group and the statistical support unit at MLW and a lecturer in biostatistics at the College of Medicine, has recently been awarded a 2019 Commonwealth scholarship to study towards a PhD in statistics at Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
Jessie will be based at the Centre for Health Informatics Computing and Statistics (CHICAS), within the Faculty of Medicine at Lancaster. Her primary supervisor will be Dr. Emanuele Giorgi whose expertise lies in developing and applying statistical methods for spatiotemporal disease modelling. The supervision team also consists of Dr. Marc Henrion (MLW), Dr. Christopher Jewell (Lancaster University), Professor Melita Gordon (MLW) and Professor Mavuto Mukaka (COM). Jessie’s work will focus on developing spatiotemporal methods for modelling typhoid incidence and transmission in Blantyre district, using data from the STRATAA and TyVAC studies.
"I am extremely honoured and overjoyed to have been awarded this prestigious scholarship. I am very excited to embark on the next chapter of my research journey." said Jessie, when asked about her reaction to the award. Jessie is also profoundly grateful to Dr. Marc Henrion and Professor Melita Gordon for the mentorship and support provided during the internship and the PhD application process. She is also thankful to MLW for creating a supportive environment for undertaking her predoctoral fellowship and the MLW training funding that has supported her during this time.