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Science Media Center

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Science Media Centre

an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines

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ebola outbreak

During the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease on record the SMC has been providing journalists with information and expert comment as the situation develops

For Journalists

The Science Media Centre provides journalists with what they need in the timeframe they need it, from interviews with leading experts to timely press briefings on topical issues.

for scientists

As well as providing advice and support to scientists already engaging with the media, the Science Media Centre runs events to introduce experts to what that involves.

for press officers

Primarily a press office, the Science Media Centre works closely with press officers from universities, industry, research funders and leading science and engineering institutions.

expert reaction to study on antibiotic treatment failure

Researchers publishing in The BMJ have reported an increase in failure rate of antibiotics in four common infections within the UK from 1991 to 2012. There is growing concern around antimicrobial resistance, and the chief medical officer and others have expressed worry in the scale of the issue. read more

expert reaction to new statins study

In an article published in the journal the Lancet, researchers have investigated the effect of statins use, a gene polymorphism, metabolic factors, and incidence of type 2 diabetes. They suggest that the polymorphism may partially explain the observation of an increased risk of type 2 diabetes through statins use. read more

Ebola – what next?

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented in its size and spread. We’ve heard how the WHO plan to tackle it, about the potential of various treatments and vaccines, but that it is unlikely to be brought under control before the end of 2014. But where are we now, is enough being done, and what is expected to happen next? read more

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for the public

The Science Media Centre is a service for national news journalists. If you are a member of the public, and have a question about science, you could try: