14 – 20 May 2016

As co-lead of new research demonstrating that one third of the global burden of mental illness occurs in India and China, Vikram Patel speaks to New York Times about the severe mental health treatment gap in these countries: “India and China together represent more than a third of the world’s population, and both countries are at a remarkable stage of epidemiologic and demographic transition.” Alex Cohen is also quoted in the article: “I think politicians and service planners will find this research valuable. But if you don’t have the resources to treat more than 2 percent of the people who need it [then the overall burden can seem overwhelming].”

The story is reported by Associated Press, leading to coverage in more than 121 international outlets including The Daily Mail, The Guardian, South China Morning Post, Indian Express and the Times of India.

Jimmy Whitworth speaks to BBC News after the World Health Organization warns that there is a low to moderate risk of Zika virus spreading to Europe: “Countries in Southern Europe, including France and Italy, need to be especially vigilant and it’s important that holidaymakers follow public health advice while abroad, including taking all the necessary precautions to avoid getting bitten.” Jimmy is also quoted on the front page of the Mirror, and by CNN, The Times, The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Telegraph; he also appears on ITV News at 6:30pm.

Adam Bourne speaks to BBC World Service Health Check about his new report which has mapped efforts to get health information and HIV services to men who have sex with men in four countries in Africa where homosexuality is illegal: “You have to build trust in the community that you are someone that will keep their sexual identity confidential… You have to go to them, you have to find out where they’re meeting and take as many services as possible to them.” This is also broadcast by BBC World Service Radio Science Hour.

James Logan appears on ITV This Morning discussing Zika virus and the risk of its potential spread to Europe (from 07m30s): “The reason we think it might come to Europe is that we’ve got a lot of people going on holiday and coming back with it, and we also have mosquitoes in Europe that can transmit the disease.”

Polly Roy tells the BBC that the cloning of the Zika virus by University of Texas scientists means researchers would now be able to test antiviral drugs that might lessen the effects of Zika, as well as speed up the development of an effective vaccine.  

Peter Piot and David Heymann co-author a BMJ Analysis outlining the key questions on epidemic preparedness for prospective candidates for the next director general of the World Health Organization. Covered by Yahoo Finance, and Business Wire which leads to syndication across nearly 100 outlets across America.

Heidi Larson writes for BMJ Blogs about the need to act quickly to rebuild confidence in vaccines in China, where officials have recently revealed an illegal vaccine ring said to have distributed £61m of vaccines across the country over the last five years.

Martin McKee is quoted in a BMJ Briefing about the possible public health consequences of leaving the EU: “The UK would no longer have any say on the ECDC’s [European Centre for Disease Control] management board, and our researchers would not be invited to any meetings.”

The School features in a front page Sunday Express article about statins, with Liam Smeeth leading a major new trial investigating their possible side effects.

Paula Sheppard speaks to Inside Science about how a person’s family environment can shape their future children and lifespan: “Higher parental investment is likely to impact on future mortality rates by increasing life expectancy of these young.”

School research is mentioned in a New York Post article reporting that people worldwide are drinking less alcohol, except in America. Also covered by MSN Money.

School research is mentioned in a Daily Mail article about how a mother’s diet can affect the life-long health of her baby.

The School is mentioned in The Guardian as part of a Rockefeller Foundation and Lancet Commission dedicated to researching planetary health. The article discusses the risks of anthropogenic climate change to human health.

Mark Jit is quoted in a SciDev.net article about the economic costs of Dengue fever in Mexico and Colombia.

Justin Parkhurst provides comment for a Scidev.net article reporting on research which found abstinence promotion efforts, funded as part of HIV prevention programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, have failed to reduce risky sexual behaviours. I would not conclude from this research that abstinence promotion does not work. The paper is a useful piece of information, but not the strongest indication of causality.” This is also published by The Guardian Global Development Network.

Adam Kucharski speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live about the mathematics behind gambling: “As far back as the Renaissance people have used betting as almost a playground of ideas. For academics who want to understand how luck and randomness works, gambling has been a perfect way of doing this.” The interview is syndicated on regional BBC radio stations across the UK and on NPR stations in the US.

Ford Hickson’s recent research revealing mental health differences among gay and bisexual men,  receives continued coverage on BBC regional radio stations across the UK including BBC Radio Berkshire, (from 01h09m).

The School is mentioned in Times of India after research led by School partner NGO Sangath reveals trends in alcohol use among men in India

Optometry TodayMedical Express and Opreport cover joint research conducted by the School and Monash University which found that an annual double-dose of antibiotic treatment shows promise for controlling trachoma.

Londonist’s ‘7 Things You Didn’t Know About Bloomsbury’ lists the Schools vaulted underground mosquito lab as number seven. 

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