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Examples of what we have done

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.

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 Rebecca Taylor: r.taylor@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’.