Seven days in medicine: 7 to 13 November

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 12 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6029

Saturday 7th

Sierra Leone halts Ebola transmission The World Health Organization declared that Ebola virus transmission has been stopped in Sierra Leone 42 days (two Ebola virus incubation cycles) after the last person confirmed to have the disease had a second negative blood test result. The first case of Ebola virus disease in the country was recorded in May 2014. Since then 8704 people have been infected with the virus and 3589 have died from the disease, 221 of them healthcare workers. The country now enters 90 days of enhanced surveillance to ensure early detection of any possible new cases of the disease.

Sunday 8th

UK researcher is awarded Breakthrough Prize John Hardy from University College London was awarded a $3m (£2m) 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. He is the first UK researcher to win a Breakthrough award, a prize set up in 2012 to recognise “transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life.” Hardy has given £50 000 (€70 000; $75 000) of his prize money towards the construction of the new Dementia Research Institute at University College London.

Monday 9th

MPs call for more science funding The UK government will be putting the country’s competitiveness, productivity, and …

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