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Hello there!

I'm rediscovering this network after a long absence.

I've just added to my page RSS feeds to the latest from the Wellcome Trust news and features website, as well as the Wellcome Trust blog (both of which I help to run).

News and features:


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Posted on August 10, 2010 at 11:30

Tackling tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean

SciDev.Net marks International Day for Disaster Reduction with a spotlight on tropical cyclone mitigation

Tropical cyclones give developing countries much needed rain for agriculture. But as the earth warms, they are set to become more intense and strong cyclones can cause great loss of life and property. This is especially true in South Asia, where the Bay of Bengal's shallow coastal waters, high tides and densely populated low-lying areas make cyclones particularly… Continue

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 15:18

Chronic, non-communicable diseases are the biggest killers in the developing world. Yet they are still being overlooked by the global health community, which tends to focus on infectious diseases suc…

Chronic, non-communicable diseases are the biggest killers in the developing world. Yet they are still being overlooked by the global health community, which tends to focus on infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

To draw attention to this global crisis, SciDev.Net publishes a set of articles providing vital information for policymakers, researchers and international donors about the need to prioritise the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases affecting millions in… Continue

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 16:30

2008 CGIAR Science Awards

Thought some of you might be interested in this, which just arrived in my inbox:

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2008 CGIAR Science Awards.

This year's award categories are as follows:

The CGIAR King Baudouin Award

The CGIAR Science Award for Promising Young Scientist

The CGIAR Science Award for Outstanding Scientist

The CGIAR Science Award for Outstanding Scientific Support Team

The… Continue

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 15:10

Controversy dogs sickle cell drug promise

The progress of a promising herbal-based drug for sickle cell anaemia could be under threat as the companies involved are surrounded by allegations of corruption. SciDev.Net reports in a special news article.

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 10:24

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United Kingdom
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Reporter, Editor
The Wellcome Trust
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science, health, biotechnology, policy
Please introduce yourself and explain why you want to join this network. Membership may be denied for people who do not answer this question in sufficient detail
I’m a science writer at the Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest charity and one of the world's biggest funders of biomedical research.

Previously I was the News Editor at SciDev.Net, commissioning and editing news and features about science and technology in the developing world.

Before that I studied genetics at the University of Manchester and worked for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. That led to an interest in science communication and I gained an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.

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At 13:24 on February 13, 2008, Rina Mukherji said…
Thanks for posting the report from SciDev.Net on the lack of adequate research on mental health. As a journalist who has been frequently writing on the subject of mental health facilties in India, I would like to add something here. Mental health research can only advance when more and more people recognize the need for it, and consult psychiatrists as and when they need to. But, unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to this in my country. Even when friends and acquaintances spot you at a psychiatrist's clinic, they would rather shun you in future. Mental illness-even when it is in the nature of depression, is often equated with madness. Consequently, individuals tend to ignore a problem or else avoid facing the reality they need to. This can often result in avoidable cases of suicide here!
At 17:09 on January 3, 2008, Suhail Yusuf said…
Dear Mun-Keat Looi
I am feeling so pleasure to be your friend.
I hope we can join hands for the betterment of science journalism.
At 13:38 on January 3, 2008, Aimable Twahirwa said…
Hello, welcome to the N/W
At 13:23 on January 3, 2008, Patrick Luganda said…
Hi Mun-Keat Looi,
Great to have you as a friend and indeed I will be contacting you often for stories for Scidev.

Regards Patrick
At 11:59 on January 3, 2008, D.B.Kattel said…
Dear Mun,

Thanks for response.

At 10:33 on January 3, 2008, D.B.Kattel said…
Hi Mun-Keat,

I am happy to see you in this network, even you have already registered. How are you? Happy new year 2008.

Dambaru Ballab Kattel,
At 4:22 on January 3, 2008, Imelda Abano said…
Hi Mun-Keat,

Welcome aboard! Thanks for inviting me as a friend in this very useful network.

Best wishes in 2008. Stay healthy.

At 13:33 on January 2, 2008, Carol Campbell said…
Hi Mun-Keat,

Couldn't you sleep?

Thanks for the invite!!

I look forward to chatting online when I finally get broadband next month.

At 8:34 on January 2, 2008, Mohammed Yahia said…
Hello Mun-Keat!

Nice to see you on the network here.

Hope you have a wonderful 2008!
At 5:59 on January 2, 2008, Rivonala RAZAFISON said…
Best wishes for the new year 2008.
Scientificaly yours


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