St George's University of London has been providing formal training for doctors since 1733. Approximately 3,000 medical students are currently enrolled in courses taught on the campus, which adjoins St George's hospital in Tooting, south west London. Scientific research at St George's has expanded over recent years to encompass a broad spectrum of interests from novel microbicides and vaccine candidates through to the study of early human development.
Research interests on the combined Medical School and Hospital site are extremely wide-ranging, encompassing a spectrum from leading-edge fundamental investigations to applied clinical and Health Services research. The research of most relevance to the EMI-TB consortium is that conducted at the Institute for Infection and Immunity. Research at the institute aims aims to develop a better understanding of pathogen biology and human immune responses to enhance diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious disease and conditions linked to immune system function. A new vaccine institute was opened in 1998, building on a heritage that goes back to Edward Jenner, a student of the school and the man who invented the modern concept of vaccination.