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Guest Editorial: Don't fake it!

January 26, 2012 - 13:22 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This guest editorial was written by Dr. Lotte Van Dijk in The Netherlands.

 

Many of you will have come across counterfeit or substandard drugs in your careers and I’m sure many of you will understand my frustration. Therefore, I was really happy to see that the study on poor-quality anti-malarials by Dr Paul Newton and his team got the attention of the media. Even though their study was not large-scale and even though it cannot provide an accurate estimation of the prevalence of the fake anti-malarials all over Africa, it does provide an insight into the seriousness of the problem: it is severe!

Criticism, Ideas and the Maya example

January 21, 2012 - 18:06 -- Ricardo Ataide

Platforms like MalariaWorld and so many others offer us the possibility of accessing freely information on malaria research and, importantly, offer us the possibility of engaging in public, healthy, constructive discussions on what we read. In some cases, we can actually have the ‘crème de la crème’ of the respective fields there, at our fingertips, to answer our doubts, our questions and sometimes, why not, our criticism.

 

OPEN ACCESS TO PUBLICLY FUNDED RESEARCH: PUBLISHERS ARE ACTING UP

January 7, 2012 - 16:38 -- Tom Olijhoek

 While in Europe the European ‘s Commission Digital Agenda is paving the way for Open Access to publicly funded research data (Data Access ) and Publications (OpenAire plus), the political landscape in the US looks quite differently.

The last 'Last week at MalariaWorld' of 2011...a special message for you.

January 5, 2012 - 22:56 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Behind the scenes at MalariaWorld, we keep a close eye on where our site visitors originate from. Nothing secretive (and we don't see names, so do not worry!), it's just Google analytics that I receive every single week.

Seeing Red in Molecular Biology Labs

January 1, 2012 - 11:08 -- Mark Benedict

Quick question: For those of you who work in a recombinant DNA lab, what is the most hazardous chemical that you use on a daily basis? To put it another way, what chemical do you ALWAYS wear gloves to handle? Probably the same one that I do, but risk perception and reality aren’t always the same thing.

 

When it comes to genetic control of mosquitoes, risks are a hot topic, so it’s useful to consider the answer to this question.

 

CLOSED: Job: Entomologist / Malariologist Research Associate, Johns Hopkins Malaria Institute, Zambia

December 22, 2011 - 19:08 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI), Malaria Research Institute,  has an International faculty search for an entomologist/malariologist research associate
at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Institute at Macha (MIAM), Zambia.

The closing date for applications is January 31, 2012.

 

The Actual Situation of Malaria... yet another debate

December 11, 2011 - 10:00 -- Eric Ndofor

National and Regional statistics on malaria cases and deaths and related issues such as distribution of treated nets does not reflect the actual situation on the ground. For example, with improvement in surveillance systems following institutional strengthening, some countries recently reported a significant "increase" in Malaria cases and deaths after years of reporting decrease.We are talking about the quality of data collection, analysis, synthesis and dissemination.

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