5 – 11 December 2015

Brendan Wren is quoted in The Telegraph, in an article about the possibility that antimicrobial resistant bacteria may be transferred to humans from improperly cooked meat:  “Unfortunately a lot of our food, particularly meat products can be contaminated with bacteria which are increasingly more resistant to antibiotics. Raw food products should be handled with care and appropriately cooked.” He is also quoted in The Sun.

David Conway speaks to BBC News about new research by Imperial College London who have used ‘gene drive’ technology to modify malarial mosquitoes to be infertile and pass on the trait rapidly: “The key achievement here is that a novel genetic drive mechanism can force these modifications to be passed on, using a trick that would not occur in nature.”

Vikram Patel is quoted in The Hindustan Times as lead author of new research highlighting issues in the health care system in India: “It’s time for the government to act, there are too many reports, too many committees examining the issue. What India lacks is robust infrastructure and plan and we need strong leadership from the national government to strengthen the public sector and offer clear framework for the private sector.” Further coverage in Indian and American-Indian outlets including NDTV, LiveMintNewKerala.com, Siasat Daily, Detroit Indian and Chicago Indian.

Jo Lines speaks to Associated Press about the findings of the WHO World Malaria Report 2015: “Resistance is coming quicker with each new insecticide. Whether we or the mosquitoes are going to win … is not yet clear.” This leads to coverage in more than 220 global outlets including The Daily Mail Online, The Guardian (Canada), Fox News, Vancouver Sun and Taiwan News.

Peter Piot is awarded The International Prize by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm). Prof Piot describes important moments in his career, and long-term vision, in a video created for the occasion:My passion and occupation is a desire for scientific discovery, but also a great intolerance of injustice… I took up medicine because I thought it was a good opportunity for my scientific interest, and my interest in people, and also my desire to make a difference.”

Brian Greenwood features in Bloomberg after being awarded the 2015 Medical Research Council (MRC) Millennium Medal.

Vikram Patel is quoted in a Lancet article about rural doctor shortages in India: “Working in the public health sector is often a demoralising experience for doctors because their professional lives are blighted by lack of professional development opportunities, accountability, and access to even basic medical resources necessary to perform an effective role.”

Polly Roy is quoted in specialist outlets including The Dairy Site about research with UCLA revealing the molecular structure of bluetongue virus, which affects cattle: “This represents a key piece in the puzzle… we hope it will enable the design of specific anti-viral agents and new and efficient vaccines for the control of bluetongue and related viral infections of animals and humans.” Phys-Org and Fierce Animal Health also report the story.

Hannah Kuper writes in SciDev.net about Zika virus in Brazil, which has been linked to a rise in the number of babies born with the birth defect microcephaly.

The School is mentioned in The Telegraph in an article about the safety of e-cigarettes. The story is also reported in Malaysian Digest and Rakyat Post.

Chris Schofield, who has recently retired from the School, speaks to Al Jazeera about the slow process of testing new agricultural or public health chemicals, in an article about Chagas disease: “Larger companies have whole legal departments, and if they have decided they want to promote a product, they have substantial finances to do it.”

The School’s Chemsex study is mentioned in The Conversation, in a review of a new documentary about the subject.

Richard Feachem, previous Dean at the School, co-writes an article with Director Richard Curtis in The Telegraph about eradicating malaria, a shared admiration of Dr Ronald Ross and the recent WHO World Malaria Report.

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