Imperial College MSc students 2017-2018


Congratulations to environmental engineering students Eric Ho, Xiuming Wei, Angela Mei and Rosie Luo for completing their MSc theses, and many thanks to everyone who supported their projects!
Eric: Schostosome cercaria viability studies at the Natural History Museum
Xiuming: Slow sand filtration for the removal of schistosome cercariae
Angela: Storage tank designs for inactivating schistosome cercariae in water
Techniques for changing water contact, sanitation and hygiene behaviours for schistosomiasis endemic regions

WISER Stakeholder Workshops in Addis Ababa and Mwanza

24.4.2018 and 27.4.2018

Workshops were held in April at the Getfam Hotel in Addis Ababa and at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mwanza, at which the WISER research activities were presented to stakeholders, who then shared their knowledge and information about their relevant current activities and priorities. Attendees and speakers included representatives from the Ethiopian, Tanzanian and Ugandan Ministries of Health and from a wide range of NGOs, charities, foundations and local university researchers. An afternoon session, facilitated by colleagues from Acting for Health, engaged invited members of the WISER case study communities, to explore their understanding of schistosomiasis and the challenges faced in solving it. While in Tanzania, the team also visited one of the communities and had a chance to do some snail hunting.


Global Health Day at Francis Crick Institute


Michael Templeton presented at the Global Health Day 2017 - The UK Contribution to Innovation in Global Health, held at the Francis Crick Institute. The conference was a joint event by University College London, King’s College, Imperial College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council, and the Francis Crick Institute.

ISNTD Water Conference 2017


Members of the WISER team from Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum attended the ISNTD Water conference, held at the Natural History Museum. Michael Templeton spoke about the WISER project during the second session which was focused on Technology and Innovation in WASH for NTDs (see video below). He also helped lead a workshop with Fiona Allan on the gaps between WASH and schistosomiasis.  

ASTMH conference 2017

5.11. - 9.11.2017

Dr. Michael Templeton and Laura Braun traveled to Baltimore, USA to attend the ASTMH conference and GSA Schistosomiasis Control and Elimination meeting. The findings of the recently conducted systematic review of water treatment for the removal of schistosome cercariae were presented at the poster sessions.

Trip to Tanzania and Ethiopia

16.10. -  26.10.2017

In October, Fiona Allan and Laura Braun travelled to NIMR and AAU to visit the labs and potential sampling sites. In Tanzania, samples were collected from three villages along Lake Victoria – Kigongo, Sweya and Chole. Over two days, a total of 550 snails (including a few infected snails) were collected with scoops and dredges. In Ethiopia, numerous locations around Wonji (1 hour south of Addis Ababa) were sampled. This included lake shores, and canals on a sugar plantation. Despite the use of endod as a molluscicide in this area, schistosome-infected snails were collected.
Over the next months, the chlorination and filtration trials will be set up to determine the effectiveness of chlorine and sand filters in inactivating and removing viable cercariae from water.

WISER project launched!


The WISER project has officially kicked off with a meeting in London, attended by collaborators from all the partner institutions (Imperial College London, Addis Ababa University, the National Institute for Medical Research, and the Natural History Museum in London).

 Collaborators from each of the partner institutions attended the WISER launch meeting.

Collaborators from each of the partner institutions attended the WISER launch meeting.

The 2-day meeting started with presentations from each institution, addressing the institutions' histories and recent and relevant research. The group then went on to discuss the work plan, potential challenges in the project, stakeholder engagement, outreach opportunities and conferences over the three years of the project. Prof Freemont and Drs Emery and Allan gave tours of their labs (including the London DNA Foundry and the Schistosomiasis Collection at the National History Museum). The group also met with representatives from the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, in order to learn more about their activities.

Dr Templeton concluded the meeting with the words "Let's get to work!".