4 – 10 February 2017

Will Nutland is interviewed by the New Scientist about HIV-prevention PrEP and the use of condoms while taking the drug: “People are being cautious but we should apply that caution equally across all forms of prevention – instead of seeing condoms as the holy grail.” Will also discusses PrEP in an appearance on RTE’s (Ireland) Prime Time programme.

Liam Smeeth speaks to the New Scientist (£) on the ‘cholesterol wars,’ saying that fixating on the argument may lead to us ignoring a bigger issue: “The few people who have raised the question are a bit like those individuals who think homoeopathy works or think Earth is flat. I’m all for proper debate, providing the people I’m debating with are not denying science, but cholesterol demonstrably causes heart attacks.”

Research co-authored by Martin McKee into hospitals ‘gaming the system’ when it comes to cleaning inspections is covered by the Daily Mail. Martin says: “This paper is the first to confirm what many have long suspected, that the current system of hospital inspections encourages gaming.”

James Logan provides comment to The Atlantic on a study that demonstrates how the malaria-causing Plasmodium parasite in human blood attracts mosquitoes: “[The study is an ] exciting piece of work [but] one drawback is that it hasn’t been done on a natural system.” James is also quoted by the Associated Press on the study, generating coverage in outlets around the world including STAT, Daily Mail and South China Morning Post.

There is continued coverage of Colin Sutherland’s research that found a highly-effective drug used to treat malaria failed to cure four UK patients after visiting Africa, including The Sunday Times. Colin said: “It absolutely doesn’t mean travellers should avoid these countries. But malaria is a very serious disease and travellers heading into those areas should be very serious about the precautions they take.” Colin is also quoted by AllAfrica and The Pharmaceutical Journal.

Research authored by Cicely Marston showing that anal sex is becoming more prevalent among teenagers, yet young girls often feel coerced into it, is referenced by The Independent in an article discussing sexual attitudes.  

Devex cover Peter Piot’s talk at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health anniversary event discussing the grand challenges in the next decade for global health. 

There is further coverage in Singapore’s Straits Times of Kirstin Mitchell’s study which found sex is painful for nearly one in 10 women.

Times Higher Education write a feature on the importance of industry and innovation continuing to invest in UK science, post-Brexit. They reveal that the School is in the top 10 higher education institutions comparing industry income per academic in 2013-14.

Andrew Bastawrous is interviewed by Spain’s El Mundo about his work to improve eye health using the Peek system, which won a Rolex Award for Enterprise: “I cannot believe we live in a world where we already know how to provide treatments and are not carried out. It is extremely unfair.”

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