Too much to handle
University scientists have to be multi-talented. They have to invent and design new research, write grant proposals, implement research, write it up, publish it, read publications, deliver news-worthy results, present at meetings, and teach students. And as they move up the ladder they have to manage—people, administration, budgets, facilities—as well. I count at least 6 professions: designer, writer, researcher, presenter, teacher and manager. That's quite a lot to ask from one person. And, often, all of this within the structure of a very demanding tenure track system: it's up or out. It sounds like a pressure cooker to me. No wonder that so many scientists suffer from a burn-out. In the world of malaria science it is no different. I wonder how many of you fall asleep and dream of publishing, publishing, publishing... Do you have any idea how many scientific malaria publications are being published? Some 12.500 over the past 5 years! Who can possibly keep up with reading? When I ask malaria professionals how much time they spend reading then the answer is standard "way too little" and "only when I need references". And that's when the new podcast series "The Johns Hopkins Malaria Minute" comes in handy. You can now listen to the latest highlights of impactful malaria research. Check out the first podcast below. Sit back, listen and relax.
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Johns Hopkins Malaria Minute
Podcast #1 | 17 September 2021: We're used to thinking of vaccines for individual protection. But what about a malaria jab to protect the mosquito? Learn more about transmission-blocking vaccines for malaria, and the parasite proteins that could be used in one.
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Researchers quantify the risk of children suffering severe outcomes from malaria
NewsMedical. Net, 15 September 2021
For the first time in more than two decades, a team from the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and University of Oxford have quantified the risk of children suffering severe outcomes from malaria.
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Is Africa ready to produce a malaria vaccine?
Deutsche Welle, 10 September 2021
BioNTech wants to continue the success of its COVID-19 vaccine and use mRNA technology to develop shots against malaria. But is production in Africa realistic?
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Papua New Guinea is battling the world's oldest pandemic: malaria. How can it get back on track?
World Economic Forum, 13 September 2021
Malaria cases in Papua New Guinea have increased more than tenfold in five years. The country's progress on TB and HIV despite its limited resources provides reasons for optimism. Infrastructure, funding and leadership structures are paramount for eliminating malaria.
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