A research centre based at the University of Leicester, UK, has won a training contract to work with two environmental health organisations in Thailand.
The Leicester-based Medical Research Council Institute for Environment and Health will be working with the Research Institute for Health Sciences at Chiang Mai University and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok.
This Higher Education link, which came about through the British Council, is to develop human resources in an environment and health research programme, involving a series of workshops in Thailand, delivered by staff from the Institute for Environment and Health.
These will take place over the next two and a half years, during which a number of people working in the field of environmental health in Thailand will come to Leicester for more specialised training and experience.
It is also hoped to develop joint research activities, making use of the common interests shared by all three institutions.
The link will enable academic, research and technical staff to work together to increase public awareness of environmental and health issues and to influence changes in this area. A substantial number of staff will receive training and training material will be developed for wider dissemination.
The Institute for Environment and Health was established by the Medical Research Council in 1993, in response to a Government call for a centre to act as a focal point for UK and international initiatives on environment and health. Its location within the University of Leicester provides broad access to medical and other scientists working in areas relevant to human health and environment issues.
More details are available from the website, www.le.ac.uk/ieh/
Note to editors: Further information is available from Dr Lesley Rushton, Medical Research Council Institute for Environment and Health, University of Leicester, telephone +44 (0)116 223 1640, facsimile +44 (0)116 223 1601, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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