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A group of collaborators led by the University of Southampton have been awarded a British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links Grant to support ground-breaking research towards reducing the burden of infectious disease in Malaysia. The award of over £120,000 will help the researchers to examine more closely the role of weather and industrial pollution in the prevalence of disease-causing bacteria with a view to the introduction of appropriate vaccines and better antibiotic prescribing whilst building local capacity in public health.
Through the Newton Fund, part of the UK’s official development assistance programme, Britain is using its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries.
The University of Southampton will work with colleagues from Universiti Sains Malaysia, the International Medical University (Malaysia), the National Public Health Laboratory and University of Southampton Malaysia Campus to support Malaysia’s Ministry of Health to help build laboratory and disease surveillance capacity. The Southampton team comprises investigators from the University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine (Academic Unit of Clinical and Experimental Sciences and Academic Unit of Primary Care and Population Sciences).
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Source: University of Southampton