New Podcast – Who stopped the Ebola outbreak?

Mr Yusuf Kabba, President of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors donates plasma (photo MG Semple(c))

Mr Yusuf Kabba, President of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors donates plasma (photo MG Semple(c))

Our latest podcast examines the factors that helped curb the spread of the Ebola outbreak and is now available to download, review and subscribe on RadioPublic, iTunes, Tunein and Blubrry.

Dr Calum Semple, from the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine, shares his experience working in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. It is a harrowing story that offers some surprising lessons.

The large scale Western medical intervention, the type Dr Semple was involved in, might not have been the crucial factor in conquering the outbreak – and certainly not as key as we may have thought.

Rather, when reflecting on his research and his experiences, Calum suggests that public health messages concerning the burial of infected persons were vital in curbing the spread of the epidemic.

You can listen to the podcast here or by following the links above.

Positive change

The podcasts aim to bring listeners closer to some of the academic experts, authors and innovative thinkers from the University who, through their in-depth analyses, research and discoveries are affecting positive change in the world today.

The series, hosted by Canadian journalist and producer Neil Morrison, features in depth conversations with one or more of our academic experts discussing research in their specialist field.

The podcasts, which have been produced in collaboration with the University of Liverpool online programmes team, are intended to provide a quick route to insider knowledge on new trends and upcoming key issues.


Other episodes available include; ‘Why respect gets results during interrogations’, ‘Help! Is my child a Psychopath?’, ‘The Business of Football’, ‘Who will tell the robots what to do?’, ‘Big Data and the search for MH370’,  ‘Suzi Gage on ‘Say Why to Drugs’, ‘Nano-medicine shrinks the cost of HIV treatment’, ‘Liverpool – Cradle of the Beatles’, ‘Follow your nose’ and ‘Why do we love mermaids?’

If you would like to contact our podcast with feedback or suggestions for future recordings please e-mail

The study Ebola CP ‘Convalescent plasma for early Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone’ is funded by the Wellcome Trust  and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr Semple’s work is supported by a wide range of partners more details of which can be found here.

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