Reza Rezaei Javan investigates syncytins – viral genes that are essential for our survival
The story of the global pandemic of HIV is one of the most fascinating tales in medicine in our time, or indeed in any time. But the story of AIDS is also one of how countries across the world have had to acknowledge and respond to issues of stigmatised behaviours and human rights.
Join Dame Sally Davies, chief medical advisor to the UK government, as she leads a discussion on the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
Life inside the uterus is not as closed off as you might think. Syed Qadri explores how a mother’s behaviour alters her baby during pregnancy..
The blood of Vietnamese patients suffering from dengue fever has allowed scientists to discover a new way to potentially vaccinate against the deadly virus..
The meetings are presentations of three papers on HIV, selected by the three faculties. Commentaries of these papers and others (about 15 in total) are published each month in the HIV Digest which the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is commissioned to produce by UNAIDS. The meetings allow for questions and discussion and […]
Hans-Dieter Klenk was born in 1938 in Cologne, Germany. From 1985 to 2007 he was Professor of Virology and Head of the Department of Virology of the University of Marburg where he is now Professor emeritus. His research has focused on the structure and function of enveloped viruses (influenza viruses, paramyxoviruses, filoviruses) with special emphasis […]
Isobel Sims asks how has Ebola spread to humans in the first place?
Vaccines have been revolutionary in medicine, but why are they not used in some parts of the world and how can they be improved? …
A speaker at the up-coming TEDMEDLive event explains how crowdsourcing funding has shaped her research…
Yesterday afternoon, I went to the cinema to watch The Amazing Spider-Man. When the words “DNA” and “recombination” popped up during the film, I got excited and started thinking. I later asked myself: In reality, how close are we to creating artificial hybrid species? Let’s briefly revisit the idea of Spider-Man, a.k.a. Peter Parker. Parker […]
Chinese astronauts reach orbiting space lab Image: Xinhua/Wang Yongzhuo via Xinhuanet China’s Shenzhou 9 rocket – which last week became the first Chinese mission to carry a female astronaut – has successfully docked with the orbiting Tiangong-1 station 340 km (210 miles) above the Earth. The arrival of the three crewmembers marks the first time […]
On June 5th, 1981, the Center for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published the first report of AIDS. Entitled ‘5 cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP)’, it included case studies of five previously healthy young men, all homosexuals, who had been treated for PCP, a lung condition normally seen only in severely […]
As a potential threat to the end of humanity pandemics seem popular candidates, in Hollywood at least. The emergence of new diseases is often accompanied by media frenzy and widespread fear. In Hollywood films, the disease is often the consequence of human manipulation and conveniently has symptoms which provide a commentary on the nature of […]