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International Master IDOH : 5 students already publishers in an international peer-reviewed research journal!

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du 9 novembre 2020 au 31 janvier 2021

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Faculté de Pharmacie Philippe Maupas

Five students currently in semester 3 of the Infectious Diseases One Health International (IDOH) Masters are co-authors of a research article entitled "Perception and knowledge of the effect of climate change on infectious diseases within the general public: A multinational cross-sectional survey-based study" published in PLoS ONE.

It's always delighting for professors and students to share such news. Max, Soe Yu, Silvia, Ignacio and Rhiannon, of IDOH master Intake 3 ( meaning they will be graduated in september 2021) taking advantage of their work performed together during the semester 2 at Barcelona and published their results with the help and collaboration of their professors in the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. 
This success illustrates the major interest to set up a partnership of Europe's leading research-intensive universities (here Université de Tours, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and University of Edinburgh) providing higher education and innovative collaborative research opportunities. 

 

Perception and knowledge of the effect of climate change on infectious diseases within the general public: A multinational cross-sectional survey-based study

Max van Wijk, SoeYu Naing, Silvia Diaz Franchy, Rhiannon T. Heslop, Ignacio Novoa Lozano, Jordi Vila, Clara Ballesté-Delpierre

Published: November 5, 2020

https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241579

Abstract

Infectious diseases are emerging and re-emerging due to climate change. Understanding how climate variability affects the transmission of infectious diseases is important for both researchers and the general public. Yet, the widespread knowledge of the general public on this matter is unknown, and quantitative research is still lacking. A survey was designed to assess the knowledge and perception of 1) infectious diseases, 2) climate change and 3) the effect of climate change on infectious diseases. Participants were recruited via convenience sampling, and an anonymous cross-sectional survey with informed consent was distributed to each participant. Descriptive and inferential analyses were performed primarily focusing on the occupational background as well as nationality of participants. A total of 458 individuals participated in this study, and most participants were originally from Myanmar, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. Almost half (44%) had a background in natural sciences and had a higher level of knowledge on infectious diseases compared to participants with non-science background (mean score of 12.5 and 11.2 out of 20, respectively). The knowledge of the effect of climate change on infectious diseases was also significantly different between participants with and without a background in natural sciences (13.1 and 11.8 out of 20, respectively). The level of knowledge on various topics was highly correlated with nationality but not associated with age. The general population demonstrated a high awareness and strong knowledge of climate change regardless of their background in natural sciences. This study exposes a knowledge gap in the general public regarding the effect of climate change on infectious diseases, and highlights that different levels of knowledge are observed in groups with differing occupations and nationalities. These results may help to develop awareness interventions for the general public.

 
Citation : van Wijk M, Naing S, Diaz Franchy S, Heslop RT, Novoa Lozano I, Vila J, et al. (2020) Perception and knowledge of the effect of climate change on infectious diseases within the general public: A multinational cross-sectional survey-based study. PLoS ONE 15(11): e0241579. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241579