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Europe recognizes TELL ME project’s role in Ebola research

on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:45

The TELL ME project has been included by the European Commission in the Global overview of Ebola research. The document – which provides a selected list of projects from all around the world with strong pertinence for the management of the Ebola outbreak – mainly focuses on the analysis, performed by TELL ME experts, about the main actors and topics of discussion in relation to Ebola on Twitter.

Also, on the EU web portal, TELL ME is credited for the e-learning course for primary care professionals – which was adopted by the Italians Associations of Doctors and Nurses respectively, reaching

The Ebola online course is ready

on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:57

The online course for primary care staff about Ebola, developed by TELL ME, has been released and is freely available, given prior registration, at this address. The course is open to all the persons interested and is made up of three cases and a full dossier with all the necessary information to get properly documented about Ebola. Italian healthcare workers will be able to gain credits through this course, by doing it on their dedicated e-learning platform.

TELLME passes on the torch

on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:06

After three years of activity, TELLME project has reached its conclusion and the conference held in Venice on last December 4-5 was the occasion to present the project’s main products. Several members of the TELLME consortium are now part of the ASSET project, which will pick up the torch and take advantage of the knowledge, the experience and the results gathered by TELLME to develop a comprehensive strategy for a better response to the threats represented by infectious diseases.

TELL ME experts at the IMED conference

on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:19

The TELL ME project will have a relevant exposure at the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveilance (IMED), which will be held in Wien from October 31st to November 3rd.

Anat Gesser-Edelsburg (School of Public Health, University of Haifa), Roberta Villa (Zadig) and Mitali Wroczynski (BMJ) will present three posters, each one related to some of the consortium’s results: an innovative integrative framework to understand the dynamics of infectious diseases communication, a prototype of an online course for healthcare professionals, and an analysis on the power of social media in

The British way to fight Ebola

on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:16

What has UK been doing to face the Ebola threat both within its borders and in West Africa? These are the two questions addressed by Brian McCloskey, Director of Global Health, during the meeting of the External Advisory Board (EAB) held on the 22nd September in London. The British Medical Journal Publishing Group hosted the meeting, while Zadig led the scientific and organizational aspects of this meeting with the support of University of Haifa as the scientific coordinator of the project.

McCloskey was invited to give a talk as the leader of the UK/Public Health England effort on Ebola in

A glimpse to Ebola on social media

on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 20:38

Concern and fear about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa quickly spread around the world. Social media are a fertile ground for similar feelings, as well as for the circulation of information, be they correct, distorted or totally wrong. But what are the main actors and topics related to Ebola on social media? In order to try to give a first answer to this question, some members of the TELL ME projects carried out an analysis focused on Twitter. Using “ebola” as the main query and English as language, the authors of the analysis collected 632,712 tweets and 17,023 hashtags between September 5

Ambivalent risk perception in health care workers

on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:28

When facing public health threats, health care professionals may behave and act like everybody else. This is the main conclusion of an analysis carried out by Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, Nathan Walter and Manfred S. Green – three experts from the TELL ME consortium – that has been published on the American Journal of Infection Control. Health care professionals are a mediating channel between health agencies and the public since they represent the health care system but are also part of the public. This mean that they are also a risk group.

TELL ME will participate to the European Risk Summit in Athens

on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:12

One member of the TELL ME consortium – Mitali Wroczynski from the BMJ – will participate to the 2nd European Risk Summit that will take place in Athens, on June 11 and 12.

The conference is promoted by the Greek Presidency of the Council of European Union and the Ministry of Health, with the aim of discussing some fundamental topics in evidence-based risk communication.

TELL ME project on BMJ

on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:30

An article about TELL ME project was published on the May news bulletin of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) – one of the member of the TELL ME consortium – signed by Mitali Wroczynski, Business Development and Marketing Manager of the journal.

Wroczynski reported the three main research question at the core of TELL ME activity: how can the general population be persuaded through public health communication to take effective preventative actions?

TELL ME experts published a case study of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic

on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:01

A case study of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic – the so-called swine flu – has been published on Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness by a team of experts from the TELL ME projects. Their study compared the guidelines for risk communication in case of epidemics or pandemic from 2005 to 2008, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with CDC reports from 2009 to 2011. Aim of this analysis was to assess the implementation of these guidelines during the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

The TELL ME experts shown that such