Discussing diagnostics on BBC Radio Merseyside

News article 26 Jan 2018

LSTM’s Dr Emily Adams has been this year’s first guest on BBC Radio Merseyside’s SciFri, talking to presenter Tony Snell about her diagnostics research and her work on a revolutionary breath test to determine whether a patient is suffering from a viral or bacterial respiratory infection.

SciFri is a Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine-led radio segment involving researchers across LSTM, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool that began in September 2017 and takes place every Friday morning on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Previously LSTM’s Dr Adam Roberts, Dr Lee Haines, Dr Daniela Ferreira and Dr Nicholas Casewell have discussed exciting topics such as antimicrobial resistance, vector biology and snake venom for BBC Radio Merseyside listeners. Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool have also offered listeners the chance to hear about drone technology, the psychology of eating and drinking, addiction and gender bias.

BBC Radio Merseyside’s Breakfast Producer, Steve Coleman said: “It has been fantastic working with scientists from such different fields, and we’ve had great feedback from our listeners who love the feature”.

LSTM’s Public Engagement Manager Dr Elli Wright added: “SciFri has delved into scientific topics that are being explored by scientists within our great city, and highlight to the listeners that these subjects are interesting and accessible, but also relevant, to them. This exciting BBC Radio Merseyside initiative also gives scientists a unique opportunity to engage with the public.”

Over the course of SciFri, Tony Snell will also introduce LSTM’s Dr Justin Pulford and Dr Tom Fletcher to Radio Merseyside listeners. Listen to Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM or 1485AM digital, or online. If you miss the segments, these can be listened to after the show online.