1 – 7 March 2014

Vikram Patel is featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific discussing his lifelong journey in global mental health research.

Martin McKee is interviewed on Newsnight about whether e-cigarettes are a ‘trojan horse’ for smoking.

Menno Bouma speaks to Reuters, The Independent, The Weather Channel, Irish Times and Thomson Reuters Foundation about his new research providing the first hard evidence of a link between climate change and malaria: “Traditionally, we think of malaria as a disease with limited prevalence in highland regions, but we are now seeing a shift due to climate change. Our latest research suggests that with progressive global warming, malaria will creep up the mountains and spread to new high-altitude areas. And because these populations lack protective immunity, they will be particularly vulnerable for severe morbidity and mortality.”

Rashida Ferrand speaks to BBC World Service’s Health Check about her research into HIV teens in Zimbabwe: “These children are more likely to be poor and to have lost their parents to AIDS. They’ve been shifted around amongst guardians and missed education, so the odds are stacked against them.” Also featured in an online article.

Liam Smeeth talks to the Press Association about proposals to share NHS patient data: “These look like sensible proposals that are really a welcome tightening up of procedures. My hope is they will reassure the public that their confidential data will only be used responsibly and that they will not be able to be identified from it. The benefits to the NHS and the health of the population of England of being able to use these data are huge.” Covered by numerous regional titles including The Yorkshire Evening Post.

Gerry Stimson is interviewed for a Times column on e-cigarettes.

Simon Brooker is quoted by UN news agency IRIN on the challenges faced by malaria control programmes: “These programmes are not straightforward. And we need to be able to fund them over a long period of time. In fact, it is the last mile which is the most difficult part, and it’s very hard to persuade funders to keep on funding a programme when you have nearly eliminated the disease.”

Ian Roberts talks to Mosaic about the puzzling long-term decline in the death rates of British pedestrians, despite an increase in motorisation:  “Road safety people would point to it as an example of how roads are getting safer. But I was a little bit sceptical… because [the] volume of kinetic energy on the road was going up… Over the years it became obvious that people were walking and cycling less than ever before in the history of humans on the planet. The world was not getting safer, it was getting more hostile, and people were voting with their feet by getting out of the way.” Also leads to coverage by CNN, The Guardian  and Gizmodo

Heidi Larson is quoted in a Nature article on the challenges faced by public health experts in promoting vaccinations: “Publics have long memories. We need to be vigilant and never for a minute take for granted any individual’s acceptance of any health technology…We’re trying to use a systematic approach to characterize what breeds confidence and lack of confidence, and identify things that tip it one way or another.”

Heidi Stoeckl talks to Associated Press about a survey into sexual violence in the European Union, leading to coverage by ABC News and the Daily Mail: “The report is important as it is often believed that violence against women is not a prevalent issue in Europe … (but) a problem that only other countries and cultures struggle with.”

Andrew Bastawrous talks to SciDev.Net about Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek) trials

Virginia Berridge is featured in a Washington Post review of her new book

Simon Brooker talks to SciDev.Net about research into school-based malaria interventions in Kenya:  “Although children found to be infected were treated, a substantial proportion of the school population and the wider community were untested and untreated, contributing to re-infection.”

Richard Coker is interviewed by AsiaOne on the threat of pandemics and terrorism. 

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