From cities to statins - October highlights
01 Oct 2012
Our October newsletter draws attention to stories about our latest research, comment on current affairs, and events that feature breakthrough ideas. Some highlights are summarised below.
Our autumn term lecture series will feature distinguished international speakers:
- Dr Larry Brilliant on pandemics; Garry Kasparov, Peter Thiel, Professor Kenneth Rogoff and Mark Shuttleworth on the innovation enigma; Dr James Martin on the transformation of humankind; and Elon Musk on the future of energy and transport. Find out more and register your place.
Previously held medical assumptions have been questioned by Oxford Martin School researchers:
- A study at the George Centre for Healthcare Innovation has found that cholesterol lowering 'statins' may not help prevent blood clots. Read our news story.
- Our team at the Institute for Emerging Infections has found that birds, not mosquitoes, may be the long range carriers of West Nile Virus in the US. Watch a video to explain.
Academics go online to share what their research says about current affairs:
- Hein de Haas, Co-Director of the International Migration Institute, discusses the fear-mongering reaction of the Greek authorities to migration from Syria. Read blog.
- Hugo Slim, Fellow at Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, looks at the challenges for humanitarian agencies resulting from mass demonstrations. Read blog.
- In an opinion piece in Time Magazine, Ian Goldin answers the question, ‘What if rich countries shut the door on immigration?' See summary.