14 – 20 June 2014

James Logan takes NPR on a guided tour of the School’s insectaries:  “These rooms are part of the vaults of the building. At one time during [World War II], for example, they were used as shelters.” The piece is broadcast to nearly 50 local public radio stations in the US, including Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas City Public Media and North West Public Radio, and NPR Berlin.

Taane Clark’s speaks to Times of India about his research on a new genetic ‘barcode’ to track the spread of malaria:Our work represents a breakthrough in the genetic barcoding of P falciparum as it reveals very specific and accurate sequences for different geographic settings.” Also covered by the New York Times, The Canberra Times, Sydney Morning HeraldDown to Earth (India), United News Bangladesh and Vaccine News Daily and numerous titles worldwide.

Cally Roper, co-author on the malaria barcode study, is quoted by the South Asian Times, Infection Control Today and Zee News (India): “By taking finger-prick bloodspots from malaria patients, physicians could use this new barcode to quickly and accurately identify where a form of the parasite may have come from, and help in programmes of malaria elimination and resistance containment.”

David Heymann talks to Reuters about the ‘unfortunate’ handling of the MERS outbreak by Saudi Arabian authorities:  “Case control studies, where risk factors for transmission of this virus from nature to humans, are necessary and could help determine the way or ways in which people are becoming infected, and this information could be used to stop primary infections.” Leads to 16 pieces of global coverage including Voice of America, Huffington Post, CBC (Canada), The Gulf Today, The Cairo Post, The Malaysian Times, Asia One and the Arab Times.

Pablo Perel is quoted by the Daily Mail in an article discussing the idea that heart disease is predominately a problem for men: “Women continue to be discriminated against in the management of heart disease. As a result, cardiovascular disease, increasingly preventable in men, is the leading cause of death among women.”

Brendan Wren speaks to BBC News, Daily TelegraphDaily Mail and Business Insider about the discovery of a new route to attack antibiotic-resistant bacteria: “New antibiotics against gram-negative bacteria, including many hospital superbugs, are notoriously difficult to develop and the problem is exacerbated as many of these bacteria are increasingly resistant to currently used antibiotics. The authors have unravelled the structure, architecture and mechanism of transport of a critical surface structure in gram-negative bacteria named the lipopolysaccharide. The studies open new avenues to design a novel class of antibiotics to disarm and kill pathogenic bacteria.”

Jim Mcambridge’s research showing that five charities in the UK are both active in alcohol policy processes and funded by the alcohol industry is covered by  The Independent, The Spirits Business, Third Sector, The Grocer and Blue & Green Tomorrow.

Mark Jit is quoted by Health Canal on his study into the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer: “Our calculations show that we could eventually be preventing hundreds of thousands of women from dying of cervical cancer every year, thanks to support for HPV vaccines in low income countries. However, our work is far from over – we could double the number of lives we save if we can get these vaccines into more of the poorest countries in the world.”

Aurelie Jeandron is interviewed by Voice of America to comment on a new low-cost microscope made out of paper aimed at diagnosing diseases in the developing world.

Colin Sutherland speaks to SciDev.Net about a new initiative that mails a box of antimalarial compounds for scientists to use for free in their research: “Offering a free box is an important step in opening up the screening end of the drug development pipeline to more players. [But it] will be judged on whether we get any new drugs out of it. It is important to see how many of the 400 compounds progress from the first stages of screening.”The article is also covered by All Africa.com

Ruth McNerney comments on a new genetic test that could improve the diagnosis of children in developing countries for SciDev.Net.

Quentin Bickle talks to Associated Press about the discovery of the earliest known evidence of a parasitic worm infection, from over 6,200 years ago. Leads to over 350 pieces of global coverage including The IndependentUSA Today, The Seattle Times, The Denver Post and MSN Latino.

Peek (the portable eye examination kit) is featured in Vision Monday.

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