It’s official: the pub is a great place to talk about the latest scientific developments. School researchers recently starred in quirky evening sets at the Marlborough Arms pub with the international Pint of Science festival, which ran from 19-21 May. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the audience ready to heckle!
Are you one of those people who saunter off on holiday with only sunscreen to protect you, claiming that “mosquitoes never bite me”? Or perhaps you stock up on Marmite and garlic tablets to keep the biters at bay.
Think again! Scientists from arctec, the School’s repellent testing facility, have launched Bug Off, a campaign to highlight the importance of using repellents when travelling to tropical countries where insects spread disease. Read more
Child death rates from malaria have halved since 2000, and more than 3.3 million people have been saved by prevention methods and treatment. However, a child still dies every minute from a disease that costs less than £1 to treat (Malaria No More).
On 7 April for World Health Day, researchers from the Malaria Reference Laboratory, the ACT Consortium and the Department of Disease Control joined Malaria No More UK to encourage MPs from all parties to back action against malaria into the next Parliament. They discussed vector control and malaria diagnosis and treatment with members of the public and more than 30 parliamentarians, including Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for International Development. Read more
Posted by Dr Jennifer Rogers.
At the start of January I was extremely honoured to be appointed the Royal Statistical Society Guy Lecturer. I was asked to write a presentation suitable for GCSE and sixth form students that would talk about statistics in an accessible and entertaining way. No easy task! Read more
Post submitted by Dr Alex Mold.
Are you afraid of making "One False Move"?
Do you want to give your children "A Lifetime of Protection" against infectious diseases?
Are you behaving in such a way that you "Don’t Die of Ignorance"?
These are just some of the public health messages explored in a public film discussion evening organised by Dr Alex Mold on 25 March 2014 on the theme “Communicating Health, Communicating Disease”. Read more
Our intrepid shoe-leather epidemiologist is back with a new installment of Bloomsbury’s public health history.
Boot is delighted with the better walking weather – and congratulates the brave participants of the Squares and Pairs walk on 12 February, when umbrella-breaking rain and chilling winds made even the sturdy streets of Bloomsbury an assault course! It was also fun in a British kind of way. We’ll repeat this walk in a calmer season. Read more
Post submitted by Dr Melanie Morris. Dr Morris visited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School on 5 March to bring the world of Epidemiology to life for a class of Year 5 children.
I am a Research Fellow in the Cancer Survival Group, and I was asked to launch St Joseph’s annual science week with an interactive talk about epidemiology. I was keen to help the children understand what epidemiology is, and why it is important. I explained that epidemiologists look at the characteristics of who gets sick in order to work out what can be done to improve the health of populations. By understanding who gets sick, we can provide advice to people that hopefully stops them from getting ill in the first place. Read more
The Young Scientists Programme has enjoyed a successful year, hosting 33 state secondary school students for work experience at the School throughout 2013.
The Programme has recently secured funding until 2018, allowing the School to continue providing the inspiration and guidance to encourage young people to continue with science education.
This year’s students were all between the ages of 14-18 and came from ten different schools across London and nearby areas. Each student spent one to two weeks working on a research project and then presenting their results in pairs, supported by volunteer mentors – our staff and students. Read more
Our researchers displayed a remarkable range of creative skills at this year’s Festival, engaging over 1100 people with their work through the mediums of movement, spoken word and animation! Read more
Flusurvey, run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has teamed up with the British Science Association to monitor the spread of the flu virus in schools at a national level for the first time.
Young people are being encouraged to become ‘citizen scientists’ by signing up to the survey and sharing data about how they feel every week. The project will provide critical insight into the spread of flu and engage young people first-hand in science. Read more