Second Coming of the Sanitarians? Podcasts with two PLoS Medicine Editorial Board Members

To coincide with the announcement of PLoS Medicine’s revised editorial vision, we commissioned two podcasts in which two members of the PLoS Medicine Editorial Board were interviewed.

In the eight-minute podcast below Bruce Lanphear, Professor of Children’s Environmental Health at Simon Fraser University, discusses how medical journals have become overfocused on drug trials and reliant on the advertising of the pharmaceutical industry. He also talks about the importance for “respectful irreverence” in medical publishing and explains the need for “the Second Coming of  the Sanitarians”.

Bruce Lanphear speaks to Chris Smith about PLoS Medicine‘s revised editorial vision (MP3, click to download)

In the second podcast, also eight-minutes long, Madhukar Pai, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at McGill University and Co-chair of the Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group, says his endorsement for open access publishing came as a result of his experience as a student in India and later as a researcher unable to get access to the PDF of his own published work.

He also discusses the potential of open access publishing for tuberculosis research  – which kills approximately two million people every year.

Madhukar Pai speaks to Chris Smith about tuberculosis and open access publishing (MP3, click to download)

If the interviewer sounds familiar that’s because it is Chris Smith of the Naked Scientists and of BBC Radio fame.

Many thanks to Bruce, Madhukar and Chris for putting together these podcasts.

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