11 – 17 April 2015

Vikram Patel is named among the TIME100 – TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist and the founder of Give an Hour, a network of volunteer mental-health professionals, writes in the list: “It is hard to imagine a more difficult challenge than addressing the unmet needs of those from resource-poor countries who live with and suffer from mental-health disorders. And yet Vikram Patel has spent his career doing just that… He is a gifted psychiatrist, a dedicated researcher, a successful author of books and academic papers, and he is an effective communicator… he helps spread the simple yet profound idea of mental health for all. He provides hope that mental illness and trauma make us neither weak nor unworthy of love and respect.” Vikram’s inclusion is covered in 80 publications including Times of India, Asian Age, Daily Mail, The Hindu, Zee News and  Indian Express.

Gert Stulp is interviewed for the Naked Scientists podcast (also broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live) about his recent research into why the Dutch population are so tall: “We found that above average height men had higher fertility compared to their shorter counterparts. In women, we found that average height women had more children compared to shorter and taller women. The effect of height was much stronger for men. So, if we combine these two findings for men and women, we can conclude that it’s very likely that natural selection would favour taller heights.”

Ron Behrens is interviewed for British Forces Broadcasting Service TV about the safety of the antimalarial drug, lariam, following a report in the Independent that the health of the military is being put at risk by the drug.

Peter Piot is interviewed by NHK World in Japan (from 28m30s – limited period) about the Ebola outbreak.

Times of India and Mail online India report on the launch of the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions in India, a collaboration between the School, Public Health Foundation of India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Emory University. The Centre aims to tackle the growing health crisis of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and mental illness.

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