The original LSTM building, which was opened in 1914
The new and original buildings
The school was founded on 12 November 1898 by a Liverpool shipowner, Sir Alfred Lewis Jones, to investigate diseases affecting his employees and became the first institution in the world primarily devoted to tropical health. The school has made many contributions to tropical medicine especially in identifying the vector for malaria, for which Sir Ronald Ross, who lectured at the School from 1899 to 1916, won the first British Nobel Prize in 1902. Today it holds a research portfolio of £192 million including a recent $50 million pledge by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue and pneumonia. Since it opened its first overseas laboratory, in Sierra Leone, in 1921, the School has expanded its collaborations to more than 60 countries. In 2011 the Diploma in Tropical Nursing was reestablished at the School.
The Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit at LSTM is a unique resource for snake venom research. The unit hosts the largest collection of venomous snakes in the UK, for use in clinical and scientific studies to improve the efficacy, safety and affordability of anti-venom to treat victims of snakebite, with a focus on the rural poor of Africa.