Monthly Archives: April 2015

Patient and public involvement training – who needs it?

PPI training blog image

The concept of patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is now well-accepted, but the evidence for how best to do it is still somewhat lacking. Many policy documents recommend PPI training for both academic researchers and patients involved in research, but new research published today in Trials indicates that many of those involved take a different view. Here, Professor Bridget Young tells us more about their research.

Medical Evidence Medicine

Is thrombocytopenia a valuable tool for assessing malaria severity?

Plasmodium_falciparum_01 – CDC_Dr Mae Mevlin

Low platelet counts have long been associated with malaria, and have recently been proposed as a valuable tool in the recognition of severe infections. However, the results of a study by Josh Hanson and colleagues published today in BMC Medicine suggest that the platelet count has limited utility for clinicians trying to identify patients with severe malaria. Here, Hanson discusses the findings and implications of their study.


When culture meets epidemic: the case of Ebola

A study published today in BMC Medicine investigates the effect of traditional beliefs and customs on the spread of Ebola using a mathematical modeling approach. Here, authors Folashade Agusto, Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem, and Abba Gumel tell us more about how cultural practices could contribute towards the spread of Ebola in affected countries, and the interventions required to combat the disease.

Developing World Medicine

A day in the life of a malaria researcher


To mark World Malaria Day, we spoke to Rose McGready, Deputy Director of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU), about a typical day in her life, how she was inspired to work on malaria in a resource-limited setting, and what she thinks are the greatest challenges and best aspects of her work.

Developing World Medicine