See below for a selection of media coverage and public engagament activities.

Radio Interview:

2018.  BBC Radio Scotland “News Drive” programme.

Four minute interview with Clinical Fellow Dr Olivia Swann describing the research published in eLife showing that Complement Receptor One polymorphisms that are common in Sub-Saharan Africa influence susceptibility to cerebral malaria.  This helps to explain why some children, but not others, suffer from life-threatening malaria.



Follow Olivia Swann @themalariaarea and Fiona McQuaid @DrFionaMcQuaid

Malaria a Sticky Problem at the Edinburgh International Science Festival:

The Rowe lab went to the 2018 Edinburgh International Science Festival to talk about their research on severe malaria. Clincal Fellows Dr Fiona McQuaid and Dr Olivia Swann put together a display showing how malaria-infected red cells can block blood flow in small blood vessels with deadly consequences. A hands-on experiment involved squishy red cells, a poster tube disguised as a blood vessel and lots of Velcro!



Edinburgh College of Art

Livvy and Fiona also collaborated with students from the Edinburgh College of Art, who produced children’s T-shirt designs reflecting the research themes in the Rowe Lab.


“In a nutshell” a one minute video clip in which Alex describes the aims of the research in the Rowe lab.


Previous Radio Interviews:

2012.  BBC Radio Scotland “Good Morning Scotland” programme.

Four minute interview with Alex describing the research published in PLoS Pathogens showing that it is possible to raise strain-transcending antibodies against the surface molecules of rosetting malaria parasites.

Link to audio clip: (2 different formats)

2010.  BBC Radio Scotland “News Drive” programme.

Four minute interview with Alex discussing Cheryl Cole’s near-death experience with malaria, and why its important to take the correct anti-malarial prophylaxis pills when travelling to tropical countries (NB. The bottom line is: go to your GP or a travel clinic for advice on anti-malarial pills before travelling to a malarious country! Also, do your best to avoid being bitten my mosquitoes – use insect repellent and wear long sleeves/trousers especially at night. See the “Fit for Travel” website. )

University of Edinburgh BioPOD (School of Biological Sciences Research News Podcasts)

October 2012 issue

Alex talks about rosetting and severe malaria, and recent research on raising strain-transcending antibodies to the surface molecules of rosetting parasites.

Summer 2007 issue

Alex talks about parasite invasion pathways and severe malaria.

For the full University of Edinburgh BioPOD archive see

Some older press coverage of Rowe Lab research:

Scientists have identified a link between different strains of malaria parasites that cause severe disease (Ghumra et al, PLoS Pathogens 2012).

Researchers have identified a key protein that is common to many potentially fatal forms of the condition. They found that antibodies that targeted this protein were effective against these severe malaria strains.

New discoveries about severe malaria could lead to new interventions (Claessens et al, PNAS 2012).

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have uncovered new knowledge related to host-parasite interaction in severe malaria, concerning how malaria parasites are able to bind to cells in the brain and cause cerebral malaria – the most lethal form of the disease.

Science Daily:

Blood findings bring malaria hope (Rowe et al, PNAS 2007).

The most common blood type (group O) in the British population protects against the most deadly form of malaria, according to a study that heralds a new kind of treatment.

Sticky blood gives malaria clue (Cockburn et al, PNAS 2004)

A mutated gene which may protect malaria patients from the worst effects of the disease could help scientists in their hunt for a vaccine.

Unravelling red cell rosetting

Alex Rowe is investigating why some forms of the malaria parasite cause red blood cells to clump together and form harmful ‘rosettes’.

Wellcome News: