28 January – 3 February 2017

The BBC Radio 4 Today programme (from 1h45m25s) covers School-led research that found a highly-effective drug used to treat malaria failed to cure four UK patients after visiting Africa, hinting at potential drug resistance. Lead author Colin Sutherland said: “To have four [cases] so close together suggests we…

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21 – 27 January 2017

BBC Online report on School research which found sex is painful for nearly one in 10 women. Kirstin Mitchell says: “Often sex education is about STIs and pregnancy, but it should also prepare people to think about what makes sex enjoyable and how to communicate what they like and dislike…

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14 – 20 January 2017

Peter Piot is quoted in STAT News following the launch of The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Peter is Vice-Chair of CEPI, a global partnership seeking to prevent epidemics with new vaccines: “The aim is really to stimulate the development of…

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7 – 13 January 2017

Will Nutland is interviewed by New Scientist on statistics reflecting a drop in HIV rates across London, which is perhaps the result of the increased use of PrEP: “We need to be very cautious at this stage, but I can’t see what else it can be.” Will’s comments…

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17 December 2016 – 6 January 2017

John Edmunds is interviewed by Channel 4 News on results from a trial his team designed which  confirmed the Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV is highly effective against the virus: “We came up with a completely novel trial design, which meant that when a case occurred, we defined a ring around…

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In the news – media highlights 2016

School research and expert comment have been making headlines around the world in 2016. Here are some of our top stories from the year. blog-collage Read more

10 – 16 December 2016

Chris Drakeley gives the Associated Press his reaction to the latest World Malaria Report compiled by the World Health Organization: “even the incremental drop in malaria cases was significant” and that “new approaches to fighting malaria — like giving out medicines to children during high season to prevent infections— were proving…

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3 – 9 December 2016

Rosanna Peeling and Laura Rodrigues are quoted by Science (£), in an article reviewing Zika diagnostics in Brazil. Laura said: “In northeast Brazil, the virus caught everyone by surprise. Now, everybody knows,” and assessing the real risk to pregnant women is difficult because of the difficulty to diagnose Zika – “We don…

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26 November – 2 December 2016

Voice of America covers a study co-authored by Stefan Flasche which found that the dengue vaccine is effective in highly endemic regions but could be problematic in places where the disease is less common: “It’s now up to the global health community and to decision-makers on a…

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19 – 25 November 2016

The School is awarded the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) ‘University of the Year’ award for 2016!  THE Editor John Gill praised the School for its response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa: “It was an extraordinary example of research expertise being deployed in real time in the real…

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