Infectious Thoughts

Now this is how we should be doing science!

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 22, 2012

Professor Michael Pollastri is an Associate Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Northwestern University. His research is focused in the area of drug discovery for neglected tropical diseases. Think sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis. There is a real lack of coordination between … Read More

Deadly melons….

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 19, 2012

According to to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium going on associated with eating cantaloupe melons grown in southwestern Indiana. Infection with S. Typhimurium results if diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria. In most cases, the … Read More

Academic dilemma

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 01, 2012

I’ve just been listening to Cambridge mathematician Sir Tim Gowers interview from last night on Radio New Zealand National’s Nights programme. He wrote a blog post which sparked the recent boycott of academic publishing giant Elsevier. Currently 12,541 academics have pledged to either not publish, review for or do editorial work for an Elsevier owned journal. I … Read More

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Crowdfunding update

Siouxsie Wiles Jul 31, 2012

It’s been a while since I last blogged as I’ve a few new projects I’ve been distracted with of late. More of those in the near future. But for now, I thought I’d do an update on my crowdfunding effort. In May I took part in the SciFund Challenge, the brain child of two ecologists from the US, Dr. Read More

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The Innovate TB contest

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 14, 2012

The Stop TB Partnership and Working Group on New TB Drugs are currently running the Innovate TB Contest where people where asked to submit their videos showing how innovations are revolutionising tuberculosis (TB) prevention, treatment and advocacy. Submissions are now closed and the public have just a couple of days left to vote. The three videos with the … Read More

SciFund Challenge – Target achieved!

Siouxsie Wiles May 20, 2012

Glowing bacteria attract over $3000 for science in 15 days! For those who don’t know, this month I am taking part in the SciFund Challenge, raising money for my research using the RocketHub crowdfunding platform. My project, Evolution in Action, involves studying how infectious microbes evolve to cause disease and I am raising money to sequence the … Read More

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