At the moment I'm waiting at Boston's International airport for a flight to Detroit to visit a friend, but in a couple of days I'll be back here to participate in a Malaria Eradication Course at Harvard's school of public health. I just browsed through the names and positions of the participants enrolled in the course and got a chill... Not many of us doing research will be there.
Ricardo Ataide's blog
May 9th, 2012
I fly out from Sao Paulo, a true concrete jungle, for my very first trip to the Amazonian Rainforest. As I fly over it I see miles and miles and miles of untouched rainforest crossed by natural waterfilled highways, some black as the night others the color of clay. Suddenly, the Amazon River. A true inland sea slowly heading east. Even more suddenly, a city with highrises, traffic, smog... it's Manaus. I quickly leave Manaus and the infantile shock of having to conciliate my childish image of the Amazon and the reality of today's situation and head to the city of Cruzeiro do Sul, in the State of Acre.
I don't know about you, but this week my Facebook, email and news feeds have been flooded with the Kony2012 video and the many pro- and con- reactions to it. I myself have watched the video and, albeit feeling it was over simplistic and a bit Hollywoodesc, I felt that it was clever as a tool to make people more aware of child-soldiers, war-crimes and the people responsible.
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.
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.
Just a silly funny song I wrote about malaria. I think I borrowed parts of the tune from Monty Python!! Hope they're ok with it... :)
"lyrics and music by Ataíde, R"