News Coverage

2015

Questions for Steven Opal: Do statins offer hope vs. Ebola?
Jun. 26, 2015 | News from Brown: In September 2014 two Sierra Leone hospitals tried a controversial idea: providing statins to patients with Ebola. The results, described in a new paper in the journal mBio, appear encouraging but anecdotal. A proper clinical trial proved too difficult during the Ebola emergency.

Local doctor returns to Africa to fight Ebola
May 20, 2015 | WPRI: Rhode Island-based Doctor Adam Levine has returned to West Africa to continue his work in the fight against Ebola. Levine is the lead investigator of a research team with the International Medical Corps and an assistant professor at Brown.

Free at Last! (But Not Forever)
May 8, 2015 | The Huffington Post: Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, writes about the declaration Friday that Liberia is officially free from the Ebola virus, but cautions that the fight against the disease is far from over.

An Ebola doctor’s answer to life-or-death question of who to admit for treatment
Apr. 6, 2015 | The Washington Post: Dr. Adam Levine and his colleagues created a better system for triaging patients -- “The Ebola Prediction Score.”

A new score for predicting Ebola risk
Apr. 3, 2015 | News from Brown: Dr. Adam Levine spent last fall fighting Ebola in Bong County, Liberia. Using data from there, he and several co-authors have calculated a simple, sensitive, and specific score for triaging a patient’s Ebola risk.

2014

Doctor answered call to fight Ebola in Liberia
Dec. 12, 2014 | Providence Journal: Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine, talks about the experience of volunteering for two months in Liberia’s Ebola hot zone. How he sees the world “is different than before,” Flanigan said.

For Ebola patients, getting treatment quickly is crucial
Nov. 20, 2014 | The Boston Globe: Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, who spent five weeks in Liberia in August and September working in an Ebola treatment unit, talks about the factors that make some Ebola patients more vulnerable than others.

RISD, Brown students employ design to help health-care workers fighting Ebola
Nov. 18, 2014 | Providence Journal: Hosted by the MASS Design Group in collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design, RISD and Brown University students and faculty recently teamed up to deploy their creative minds in the fight against Ebola. Their innovative ideas are being entered into the United States Agency for International Development’s worldwide “Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development.”

What HIV And Ebola Have In Common: Lessons From That Other Stigmatized Virus
Nov. 4, 2014 | The Huffington Post: Caroline Kuo, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, comments on how the stigma of disease can affect survivors and their families.

Five Questions With: Dr. Joseph Diaz
Nov. 3, 2014 | The Huffington Post: Joseph Diaz, associate professor of medicine, talks about his work as co-chair of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island’s Ebola Readiness Committee.

Selim Suner: Protecting caregivers key to fighting Ebola
Oct. 28, 2014 | Providence Journal: Selim Suner, director of disaster medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School, writes about how treatment for West African health care workers and those from Western countries differs, although the goal of protection should be the same.

RIPR Exclusive: Brown Restricts Travel In Response To Ebola Outbreak
Oct. 23, 2014 | RI NPR: Citing safety concerns, Brown University has restricted university-sponsored travel to countries in the grips of the Ebola outbreak. The university strongly urged professors and students to avoid personal travel as well, to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Ebola 21 Days: West African Travel Watch Reasonable, Says Public Health Expert
Oct. 23, 2014 | International Business Times: Mark Lurie, assistant professor of epidemiology and medicine, comments on a new policy that will have the CDC's monitoring more than 3,000 people in the coming weeks who may be at risk for Ebola. “I do believe we have or could muster the resources to make this happen," Lurie said.

Ebola Has Killed at Least 5,000 People
Oct. 22, 2014 | Mashable: Adia Benton, assistant professor of anthropology, comments on the number of Ebola deaths in Africa, which may be starting to decline. "I’m not hearing any real enthusiasm about the numbers," Benton says.

How Nigeria and Senegal Halted Ebola When Other Countries Failed
Oct. 20, 2014 | Mashable: Drs. Adam Levine and Tim Flanigan, medical faculty members who have engaged in relief efforts in LIberia, are both quoted in this account of how some West African nations have succeeded in squelching ebola outbreaks.

Hospital e-records systems like Presbyterian's cited in failures across U.S.
Oct. 10, 2014 | Dallas News: Roy Poses, clinical associate professor of medicine, comments on the need to make public any mistakes made by the Dallas hospital that treated the country's first Ebola patient. “We need to get past the secrecy. We don’t want to see more people dying,” Poses said.

100 at Ebola teach-in at Brown hear crisis worse than statistics indicate
Oct. 9, 2014 | Providence Journal: A teach-in on Ebola that filled a Brown University lecture hall to capacity included a panel of three Brown faculty members, a community organizer and a representative from the R.I. Department of Health, who gave an update on the crisis.

Dispatch From Liberia: No Condition Is Permanent
Sep. 29, 2014 | Huffington Post: Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, writes about his work in Liberia with Ebola patients and how disease control efforts can turn things around.

Audio Diary: A Doctor's Fight Against Ebola
Sep. 23, 2014 | The Takeaway: Listen to the audio diary being kept by Dr. Adam C. Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine and a volunteer with International Medical Corps in Liberia, as he works on the frontlines of the battle against Ebola.

Race and the immuno-logics of Ebola response in West Africa
Sep. 19, 2014 | Somatosphere: Adia Benton, assistant professor of anthropology, writes about the racial dimension of the humanitarian response to the Ebola crisis: "There is a sense that when it comes to decisions about who will live, who will die, and who will receive the best care, white Westerners who come to help will often — if not always — be the priority," Benton writes.

Can The U.S. Military Turn The Tide In The Ebola Outbreak?
Sep. 11, 2014 | NPR: Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine, comments on how the U.S. military could help in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

In Liberia, disappointment at U.S. military’s planned Ebola response
Sep. 10, 2014 | Science: Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine, is quoted extensively on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Flanigan is spending the next two months in Monrovia, Liberia, treating Ebola patients and blogging about his experience.

Dispatch from Liberia: Ebola 101
Sep. 9, 2014 | Huffington Post: Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, writes about his upcoming trip to Liberia and his training with Doctors Without Borders in the management of Ebola.

RI doc helps set up Ebola treatment center
Sep. 5, 2014 | WPRI: Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, spoke to WPRI about the work he is currently doing in Liberia to help in the Ebola crisis.

Dispatches from Liberia
Sep. 3, 2014 | News from Brown: Two Brown University medical faculty members are sharing their experiences online as they work in Liberia to help the country overcome the Ebola epidemic.

Pundits panicking about Ebola hurt cause they mean to help
Sep. 1, 2014 | The Washington Post: Adia Benton, assistant professor of anthropology, co-authors a blog post on the fear-mongering tactics many in the media and in politics are using to raise awareness and resources to respond to the Ebola outbreak: "Although fear can be effective at raising awareness about an issue, it has proven to be damaging in its effects," Benton writes.

Ebola supplies heading to Liberia
Aug. 21, 2014 | News from Brown: As parts of Africa continue to battle the outbreak of Ebola virus, protective equipment — masks, gowns, gloves and more — are at a premium for front-line health workers. Infectious disease staff at Brown and The Miriam Hospital have chipped in, purchased supplies, and sent them to health workers in Liberia.

Ebola virus biology and research
Aug. 20, 2014 | News from Brown: Terrible suffering in Western Africa has refocused the world’s attention on Ebola viruses, for which there is no vaccine or cure. The viruses are masters of their attack, but researchers are working hard to fight them, said Dr. Ian Michelow, who has studied an approach.

Can Statins Help Treat Ebola?
Aug. 15, 2014 | The New York Times: Steven Opal, professor of medicine, co-authors an op-ed on how statins may be used to treat Ebola.

As WHO Warns Ebola Death Toll is Underestimated, How Should Global Community Handle Dire Crisis?
Aug. 15, 2014 | Democracy Now: Adia Benton, assistant professor of anthropology, appears as one of three guests to talk about Africa's Ebola outbreak.

Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means)
Aug. 13, 2014 | Huffington Post: Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, dispels some of the myths surrounding Africa's Ebola outbreak.

Ebola a distant hazard, for now — but stay tuned
Aug. 4, 2014 | Providence Journal: Stanley M. Aronson, dean of medicine emeritus, wrote an op-ed about the Ebola virus. Aronson explained that in the past there have been Ebola outbreaks in controlled labs. For those concerned of an outbreak in the United States he advised: "Give close attention to news sources, obviously; consider a healthy diet of broccoli and send a monetary contribution to any international health agency of your choice."