Category: School of Medicine

Ebola Research Begins at NEIDL

Eight months after receiving final approval from the Boston Public Health Commission to conduct research at Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4), Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) has begun work with its first Level-4 pathogen, the Ebola virus. “This is clearly an important step for the NEIDL,” says Ronald B. Corley, NEIDL director and a School of […]

Fear and Suspicion Hinder Congo Medics in Ebola Battle

Reuters Nahid Bhadelia With more than twice as many Ebola outbreaks as any other country since the virus was discovered in 1976, Congolese are familiar with its destructive power, yet fear and suspicion of medical authorities are still hindering efforts at containment… Expert Quote: “By doing something violent you’d be creating greater distrust.” View full […]

Vaccines Alone Won’t Beat Ebola

The Atlantic Nahid Bhadelia Three people who had been infected with Ebola recently left an isolation ward at Wangata Hospital against medical advice, according to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health… Expert Quote: “Of course you want vaccines, but yellow fever and cholera are perfect examples of disease where we have vaccines […]

DRC: Experimental Ebola Vaccine to be Administered in Mbandaka

The Guardian Nahid Bhadelia Health authorities and NGOs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday in Mbandaka, the north-western city of 1.2 million people where the deadly disease was detected last week… Expert Quote: “The vaccine is a powerful tool but you still need other tools. […]

A bridge to opportunity

CommonWealth Magazine Karen Antman Expert quote: In 2014, the opioid crisis passed two critical local milestones: Massachusetts’ fatal opioid overdose rate rose to more than double the national average; and the city of Boston lost an addiction recovery facility on Long Island, when the crumbling 63-year-old bridge to the island was condemned and closed. View full […]