June 2015: News and events from the ICED
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International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dear all,

Welcome to the June newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
Islay Mactaggart has been in Sierra Leone for the last few weeks, helping to set up the new LSHTM-Save The Children Ebola Survivor Study. The study aims to follow up the survivors discharged from the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre, alongside matched community controls. It will assess 1) the long term impact of ebola in terms of clinical symptoms, functional impairments, psychology and livelihoods, and 2) sub-clinical Ebola infection and household transmission dynamics. We're really excited to be involved in this research, and the unprecedented ability to build evidence on post-ebola syndromes, particularly related to disability.
Islay Mactaggart’s column on using the key informant methodology to find children with disabilities in the SciDev column: here.
Maria Zuurmond has just returned from Ghana where she helped coordinate a Facilitator training workshop for ‘Getting to know cerebral palsy’. The training was organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with the Inclusive Child Development Programme of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.  Nine parent support groups are being established across the country, and will be evaluated over the next year. The full report is available here.

Students from Queen's University in Canada visited ICED as part of their course on "Global Perspectives in Community Based Rehabilitation." Visitors listened to presentations from staff and students to learn more about ICED's projects and how to get started in research.
Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future issues.  
Best wishes,

Allen Foster and Islay Mactaggart 
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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Publications, presentations and ICED in the news


To mark International ME/CFS day, our colleagues Erinna Bowman and Caroline Kingdon from the CURE-ME team hosted a lunch time seminar on disability and ME/CFS as part of our Disability Seminar Series.

They showed some short film clips on ME/CFS that describe the often under-recognised disabling component of the disease and discussed what they hope to accomplish with the ME/CFS Biobank they established in 2011. A link to the ppt for this seminar to follow soon.


Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

  • “Can Disabled people fly high? Removing barriers to achievement”, Tom Shakespeare, June 16th 2015: Please join us for our ICED summer evening seminar and drinks reception from 17:30 in the Manson Lecture Theatre.
  • Tom Shakespeare is senior lecturer in medical sociology at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. Previously, he worked for World Health Organization, where he was an author and editor of the World Report on Disability (WHO 2011). His books include Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006, 2013), and Disability Research Today (2015).
  • RSVP and further details here.

External Seminars and Events

  • Neurodisability Symposium, 29th April 2015: Nutricia Ltd. are holding an evening symposium on neurodisability at the Royal College of Physicians from 17:30-21:30.More details and registration here.

Work Experience Programme at ICED

We have launched our work experience programme for people with disabilities seeking experience in research. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about joining our team in this capacity: disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.

External Jobs and Opportunities

  • BBC Ouch, the BBC disability blog, is looking for stories about life with a disability. If you have a story to share, contact them via Twitter or Facebook.
  • The Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, funded by the Queen Diamond Jubilee Trust, is offering Masters Scholarships and Clinical Fellowships through the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), our sister group at LSHTM. More details and apply: here.


  • Questioning contemporary societies through the lens of disability. 4th annual conference of ALTER, European Society for Disability Research. 2-3 July 2015, Paris, France. More information: here.
  • International Conference on Global Disability and Health. 18 Feb 2016, LSHTM. The conference will bring together researchers, activists and practitioners to discuss new research findings and debate academic and policy issues related to Global Disability and Health. You can register or submit an abstract (both free of charge) on the ICED website. More information: here.

External resources and courses

A new publication on disability has been China is available here. Feedback on the report is welcome through a small NGO working on disability issues in China at www.chinavision.org.

We are making every effort to make all our research findings widely available, and have launched a Resource webpage where you can find our key reports and manuals. http://disabilitycentre.lshtm.ac.uk/resources/.
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