25 – 31 July 2015

Phil Edwards speaks to BBC Radio 4 Today (at 51m50s) about new research on how switching off street lights at night affects car crashes and crime: “There is no evidence for an increase in road traffic casualties or crime with reduction in street lighting at night… Reduction in street lighting would be expected by many people to result in increaing casualties but… our study used 18,000 road traffic crashes resulting in injury… our analysis is a large national study and we have no evidence for an increase.” Phil makes two appearances on the BBC Breakfast sofa as well appearing on BBC Look East, Sky News TV, BBC Radio 4 You & Yours (at 21m50s), BBC Shropshire, BBC Suffolk, BBC Northampton, BBC London 94.9FM, BBC Newcastle, BBC Leicester, BBC Essex, BBC Somerset, BBC Nottingham, BBC Sussex, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Lincolnshire, BBC Kent and BBC Oxford. The story was also covered by The Times (£), IndependentGuardian, Daily Mail, BBC News, Sky News, ITV, and IFL Science. Coverage by Press Association leads to more than 150 articles in local newspapers across the UK.

Rebecca Steinbach speaks to ITV News about the street lights study: “Despite looking at 62 local authorities including more than 25,000 km of road where street lighting had been changed, we were unable to find an association between reduced street lighting and increases in road traffic accidents or crime.” Rebecca also speaks to the Naked Scientists, which is subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live.

In response to publication of the street light study results, statements are issued to media by the AA, RAC, Local Government Association, and Science Media Centre. The story is additionally followed up in regional outlets including Bristol Post, Coventry Telegraph, News North Wales, Cambridge News, Dorset Echo, Stray FM, Epping Forest Guardian, Kent Online and Leicester Mercury.

Adam Kucharski speaks to Channel 4 News, ITV Good Morning Britain, Sky News TV (link is to clip on Twitter) and BBC Radio 5 Live about suspected cases of Mers-CoV in Manchester this week, following breaking news that a major hospital in the city had closed: “What’s important to remember is that the risk of catching it [Mers] are very low.”

The VSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine is shown to be highly effective in a trial in Guinea. School experts helped to design the trial, which is reported in over 300 National and global outlets including The Guardian, The MirrorL’Hebdo, WHO, Science AAAS, the Express, International Business TimesLe Matin, BBC Afrique, Discovery News, Washington Post, Huffington Post (Canada), The Telegraph and The Independent. AFP coverage is syndicated by global outlets including Bangkok Post, Khaleej Times, NDTVDaily Nation (Kenya), New Vision (Uganda), MSN South Africa and Express Tribune (Pakistan). Press Association also report the story, leading to 190 pieces of regional coverage including the Northern Echo, Worcester News and Basingstoke Gazette. John Edmunds speaks to the BBC: “The development has been at an absolutely unprecedented speed. This is very good news, these are very significant results, the epidemic is not over and this shows we have another potential weapon. The trial is still continuing, these are interim results which need confirming, but there’s now light at the end of the tunnel.”

John Edmunds also speaks to BBC News Channel, BBC World News TV, BBC News at Ten, BBC Radio 4 World at One (from 23m14s) BBC World Service Science Hour (from 17m44s) and Arise TV. Peter Smith is interviewed by BBC World Service Newshour, BBC News Channel, BBC Radio Wales (from 44m11s), SABC Channel Africa and SciDev.Net.

Peter Piot shares his insights into Ebola, AIDS and the importance of physician advocacy in the Canadian Medical Association Journal podcast

The news that the European Medical Agency has given its approval for the RTS,S vaccine continues to receive global coverage, including All Africa, Gulf Digital News ( Bahrain), Sky News Australia, Asia One, Jakarta Post, the Citizen (South Africa), Daily Independent Nigeria and Manila Bulletin. In the Royal Society of Chemistry’s news outlet Chemistry World, Brian Greenwood says: “Given that there were an estimated 198 million malaria cases in 2013, this level of efficacy potentially translates into millions of cases of malaria in children being prevented.”

IOL News report that children in South Africa will no longer be excluded from school after falling pregnant, in a policy change reflecting work by Ian Timaeus on the subject. The News is syndicated on regional outlets including Cape Times

An article in Devex about putting international development research into practice to help refugees in Syria discusses work co-authored by Karl Blanchet

Katherine Atkins speaks to National Geographic about the potential role of ‘leaky’ vaccines in the development of Marek’s disease in chickens, and how this issue relates to human vaccination. She comments that researchers must be aware of “the long-term evolutionary consequences of new vaccine introduction.”

Alex Aiken speaks to the Naked Scientists about recent School research showing that the educational benefits of deworming children may be less than previously thought. This is subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live (from 16m35s). Continued coverage of the story includes IOL (South Africa) and Science 2.0.

There is also continued coverage across Africa of recent research led by Sian Clarke showing that rapid diagnostic tests for malaria reduced over prescription of antimalarials in drug shops in Uganda, including East African Business Week, Jornal Noticias (Mozambique), Le Beninois and All Africa.

Earlier School research showing the physical and mental harm suffered by victims of human trafficking is reported by outlets in Spain, including La Voz Libre and TeInteresa, on the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

The Lancet writes about the importance of the Planetary Health Commission, chaired by Andy Haines, in Offline

Simon Croft welcomes a delegation to the School to sign an MOU that will help shape Bengal’s first Institute of Public Health, reported in Times of India: “Our part is to support and advice the new institute coming up in Bengal. India has several reputable public health institutes like the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Public Health Foundation of India. The one coming up in Bengal will work on state-specific needs.”

Awareness Times reports on a new pilot Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, which involves the School and is awaiting approval before commencement. The EBOVAC-Sierra Lenoe trial is also reported by Sierra Express Media

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