20 – 26 April 2013

Jim McCambridge appears on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, BBC Northampton, BBC Cornwall, Radio Forth and UWS radio discussing new research into tactics used by the alcohol industry to influence policy in Scotland:  “Our study showed that the alcohol industry, including both the producers and the big supermarkets, consistently opposed effective approaches to alcohol policy by misrepresenting strong evidence on what works.” Also covered in over 50 publications including the Independent, Times and the Scotsman.

John Edmunds is interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Sky News, and BBC Radio Wales, about the current measles outbreak. Clips also used in news bulletins across BBC stations:  “We underestimate the level of coverage, the main reason for that is that kids move, or their parents move and take them with them. And secondly because of boundary changes… it becomes very difficult to work out which piece of data applies to which patch of ground… You can’t go on vaccinating at the level of coverage we have been and not have measles circulating; it’s an extremely infectious disease.”

Ken Eames talks to BBC Radio Five Live, and 11 BBC local radio stations including BBC Bristol, BBC Newcastle and BBC West Midlands about the measles outbreak: “We’re now at the point where people who weren’t vaccinated as infants in the late nineties, early 2000s are now all in a group at secondary school and suddenly you’ve got all these people, close proximity, not enough vaccination coverage, and if an epidemic starts it can take off and spread through a school.”

David Conway speaks to the Financial Times for their Combating Malaria Report about new genetic complexity in mosquitoes:  “…it’s a warning that we need to understand these populations that we are trying to control because it could make insecticide use less effective.”

Brian Greenwood is interviewed for a Guardian World Malaria Day feature about efforts to encourage investment in malaria: “There used to be one million malaria deaths a year; we’re now down to 600,000. That’s definitely progress, but it’s hardly good news that 600,000 people, many of them young children, still die every year from a preventable disease.”

James Logan appears on BBC Radio London discussing our relationship with insects linked to Wellcome Collection’s Who’s the Pest? season: “I think we are just visitors to the planet, insects were here long before us and they’ll be here after we’re gone – they outnumber us 200 million to one.”

Colin Sutherland speaks to SciDevNet about a nanowire device being developed by the Nanomal Consortium, that could help tackle malaria drug resistance: “If we had it 20 years ago, we could have saved a lot of lives that were lost because of the resistance to the drug chloroquine.”

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