21–27 November 2015

Ebola media coverage:

Peter Piot speaks to Voice Of America News about a new report on the global response to the Ebola outbreak, released by an independent panel of experts convened by the School and Harvard: [iframe src=”http://english.share.voanews.eu/flashembed.aspx?t=vid&id=3070590&w=640&h=363&skin=embeded” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ width=”640″ height=”363″]

The story receives global coverage in more than 1,000 outlets, including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Guardian, Daily MailDaily Telegraph, IndependentReuters, The Week, Washington PostBoston GlobeBBC News, CNN, International Business Times, Financial Times, Scientific American, Al Jazeera, Press Association, and a New York Times editorial and blog. Following the news that new cases of Ebola have been reported in Liberia, the independent panel report on Ebola is also mentioned in outlets including Los Angeles Times and South China Morning Post.

Peter Piot also features in a Lancet podcast and speaks to Sky News about the report: “It took another 5 months before the World Health Organization declared this as an emergency of international public health importance, and that’s inexcusable, and probably cost thousands of lives.”

David Heymann speaks to Nature about the Ebola panel report: We’re closer, but we’re not yet ready for another outbreak of this magnitude.” He also appears on BBC News.

Adam Kucharski speaks to Thomson Reuters Foundation about the recent flare-up of Ebola in Liberia. This leads to coverage in global outlets including Citizen TV (US), New Telegraph (Nigeria) and Dispatch Times (US).

Peter Piot co-writes an op-ed in The Guardian about Ebola, after Sierra Leone is declared officially free of the disease: “On 7 November, the World Health Organization declared that Sierra Leone is officially Ebola-free for the first time in over a year. We are inclined to celebrate this by urging people not to celebrate too much.”

Peter Piot is featured in a Tech Insider article that uses archive photos to document his journey to track Ebola in the Congo in the 1970s.

Other media coverage:

David Conway speaks to BBC News Online about US research that has genetically modified mosquitoes to make them resistant to malaria: “It’s not the finished product yet but it certainly looks promising. It does look like the genetic editing works.” This leads to global coverage in outlets including BBC Indonesia, Daily Nation (Kenya), The Zambezian, The Scottish National, and Newsmax (US).

David Baker and Jo Lines are interviewed live on BBC World News TV about the story. Jo Lines also speaks to The Times (£): “There has been an arms race that has been going on for many years between the parasite and the host mosquito. The worry is that we spend all our effort injecting this gene, and it’s for nothing.”

David Heymann speaks to BBC World Service Health Check about the possibility of catching antibiotic-resistant bacteria from our pets (at 01m24s): “The risks are that, number one an organism that is resistant to antibiotics or other antimicrobial agent can pass directly from an animal to a human. The same organisms can also pass from an animal to the environment. Intimate contact is very unwise between pets and humans.”

Phil Edwards speaks to Lux Magazine about his recent research showing that switching off streetlights does not increase car accidents or crime: “Lighting authorities and professionals have the knowledge to think about solutions for better road. We need to ensure data is collected and linked to crime and crash data … and to learn about how lighting might affect that is fascinating.”

Greg Bancroft is quoted in Times of India on the country’s need to improve research in neglected tropical diseases, specifically Meliodosis: “The bacteria movement inside the body is still an enigma, and the human immune system behaves abnormally while combating the bacteria.”

School research in Nigeria is covered in The Guardian, which mentions handwashing as number seven of ten steps to end open defecation. The research will test the addition of emotional triggers to the normal community-led total sanitation approach to increasing systematic handwashing.

Martin McKee and Jan van der Meulen are signatories to a letter in The Guardian which calls for the UK government to reverse cuts on public health funding in order to reduce stillbirths in the country.

Peek is reported in Electronics Weekly as the winner of the University Research Award at the Elektra Awards 2015.

School research features in a Nursing in Practice article about cancer survival in the UK.

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