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CLOSED: Job: Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Ref 619) Vector Group

March 1, 2012 - 20:00 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 

 

 

Salary: £31,020 - £33,884

Closing Date: Tuesday 3rd April 2012 (5pm)

Interview Date: In Liverpool week commencing 23rd April 2012

 

Full-Time, Fixed-Term 12 month appointment

An exercise in collective thinking

March 1, 2012 - 14:06 -- Ricardo Ataide

In recent years, in Brazil and in South-East Asia at least, there have been reported decreases of P. falciparum cases that have not been coupled to a similar decrease of P. vivax. This has led researchers to focus more and more on P. vivax and it has also led to the ‘sudden’ realization that we know very little about it. Although numerous studies have looked at P. falciparum interactions with a myriad of other pathogens, virtually nothing is known in the case of P. vivax. Curiously, very little is also known between the interactions of both species with each other.

PALESTINE'S MALARIA ERADICATION LESSON FROM 90 YEARS AGO.

March 1, 2012 - 08:12 -- Anton Alexander

The disappointment and criticism about malaria elimination in Africa is palpable. There is an impression that the campaign of malaria eradication in Africa is sometimes rudderless, with money being thrown uselessly or ineffectively at the problem. 

Tackling The Malaria “End Game”: Regional Needs And Challenges For Successful Malaria Elimination

February 29, 2012 - 21:15 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The article below was written by Prof. John Beier, Editor of Acta Tropica, about a special issue of the journal published in March 2012.

 

This special issue (SI) of Acta Tropica features 20 articles highlighting the activities and plans of 10 NIH/NIAID International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) located in 7 malaria endemic regions of the world. The SI informs readers about diverse and complex malaria issues, and will be of special interest for students, investigators, and policy-makers who need to understand and deal with current challenges for malaria elimination. 

Guest Editorial: Scientific standards and the release of genetically modified insects for vector control

February 28, 2012 - 21:11 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This guest editorial was written by Dr. Guy Reeves of the Max-Planck institute in Plön, Germany.

 
Field trials of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have already progressed to free releases in populated areas in a number of countries. A recent publication in PLoS NTD provides a critical summary of the events leading up to these trials and is aimed at non-specialist readers. While advocating the value of field testing transgenic techniques for suppressing disease vector populations, it highlights a number of troubling scientific precedents.

How easy can YOU find the information you need?

February 20, 2012 - 12:31 -- Tom Olijhoek

A new website has just been launched where people can tell their personal stories on how they have benefitted from access to research, or suffered from the lack of it.  The new site is called Who needs access? You need access? has been developed by Mike Taylor who is an active member of the @ccess community.  Its goal is to tell stories of many different kinds of people — teachers, doctors, artists, politicians, entrepreneurs — who need access to research papers.

 

“Truth is not enough” part II: AAAS agrees

February 18, 2012 - 18:54 -- Mark Benedict
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I blogged recently that getting the facts out about genetic engineering of mosquitoes would not be enough to persuade those who are hard anti-GM activists that they can be safely developed. I also argued that becoming an activist allowed one to abandon the bothersome constraints of truth. AAAS appears to agree with me, but have they made the right call?

 

Guest Editorial: Malaria in Palestine, a lesson for all of us.

February 18, 2012 - 15:59 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This Guest Editorial was written by Anton Alexander (retired solicitor, UK), based on an online presentation about Palestine and how it freed itself from malaria. No doubt of interest to those studying the history of malaria, but equally important for those that are criticial about malaria elimination. 

"Sadly, malaria is often treated by the media in many western countries as a fashion item - it goes quiet and out of fashion, then returns as a topic that is newsworthy, and then quiet again. Many pay lip-service to the destructive and dangerous consequences of the disease. Others treat it as something to which they do not relate, or as something only in far distant places, or it occurs only to other people, and it doesn't impinge on their comfortable lifestyles. It may be that if the western world honestly took malaria seriously, with a priority given to funding malaria eradication and research, we may be that much closer to the discovery of that 'silver bullet' to attack and rid the world of this dreadful disease.

@CCESS AND OPEN ACCESS: A NEW INITIATIVE AIMED AT OFFERING ACCESS TO ALL INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE.

February 16, 2012 - 16:20 -- Tom Olijhoek

This month was the 10th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, considered by many as the start of the open access movement. In the past 10 years the term open access has come to mean a lot of different things. Publishers have been giving this label to very different kinds of open access. In many cases reading of the articles is all that is allowed but reuse and redistribution are often strictly forbidden. This is in marked contrast to the original definition of Open Access by the BOAI:

 

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