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Maximilian de Courten

Maximilian de Courten

Professor in Global Public Health, Victoria University
Prof de Courten is a Global Public Health expert with substantial experience in interventions ranging from the pathophysiology of non-communicable diseases to translation of this research into population-based approaches. His research focus is Global Health and disease surveillance in the area of chronic diseases. He has worked in a range of different organizations, such as large governmental research institutes (the NIH in the US), inter- governmental institutions (WHO), private research institutions and academia (University of Copenhagen – most recently - Monash and Deakin University, University of Bern).
His specific technical knowledge covers the fields of clinical trials, health services, epidemiology, community-based obesity and diabetes prevention initiatives, health policy, health promotion, disease control and global health education.

Europe's second wave is worse than the first. What went so wrong, and what can it learn from countries like Vietnam?

Oct 15, 2020 14:25 pm UTC| Health

Europe is again in the grip of a COVID-19 resurgence, with outbreak hot-spots in the United Kingdom, Spain and France each reporting thousands of new daily cases. The level of infections are now higher than in March and...

A COVID-19 vaccine may come without a needle, the latest vaccine to protect without jabbing

Oct 01, 2020 15:28 pm UTC| Health

Vaccines are traditionally administered with a needle, but this isnt the only way. For example, certain vaccines can be delivered orally, as a drop on the tongue, or via a jet-like device. Vaccines that appear...

Lockdown, relax, repeat: how cities across the globe are going back to coronavirus restrictions

Jul 16, 2020 14:16 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The World Health Organisation reported more than 230,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday the worlds largest daily increase during the pandemic. The surge has forced governments in many places across the world to order new...

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Economy

S. Korea to increase R&D budget for next-generation cars

South Korea will spend 367.9 billion in research development (RD) on key technologies for next-generation vehicles this year, up 37 percent from the previous year, to help local automakers take the lead in the...

Daewoo Shipbuilding's deal for LNG FSRU revised to building LNG carrier instead

Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering Co.s deal with Japanese shipowner Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) has been revised to building a super-large...

Toyota recalls 373,000 Venza SUVs worldwide due to airbag wiring defect

Toyota is recalling about 373,000 Venza SUVs worldwide from 2009 through 2015 model years because of a wiring problem that can prevent the side airbags from inflating in a crash. The recall, which includes nearly...

US to keep monitoring S. Korea for currency manipulation

The US is keeping South Korea on a list of its major trading partners to monitor for currency manipulation that puts American workers at an unfair disadvantage. The US Treasury Departments semiannual report to Congress...

Heineken to decarbonize production by 2030 and full value chain by 2040

Heineken announced goals to decarbonize its production by 2030 and its full value chain by 2040, while also delivering on an interim target to cut emissions from its value chain by 30 percent against a 2018 baseline by...

Politics

Ivanka Trump receives backlash from supporters for getting COVID-19 vaccine

Donald Trumps daughter and former White House adviser Ivanka Trump has largely been silent on social media since January when the Trump administration exited the White House. In a break to her social media silence, Ms....

Donald Trump 2024: Liz Cheney says she will not support ex-POTUS in a reelection bid

Former President Donald Trump is being touted by his base of supporters in the Republican Party as the partys nomination for the 2024 elections. However, some Republicans, including Liz Cheney, have expressed no desire to...

Joe Biden announces withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan

Almost 20 years and three presidents later, Joe Biden has carried out another campaign promise initially made by his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden formally announced the withdrawal of US troops stationed in Afghanistan...

Nancy Pelosi blasts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in upcoming book

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had some harsh words for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in an upcoming book. Pelosi blasted McConnell, citing one instance involving the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...

Science

Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock. About 70% of...

Researchers have grown 'human embryos' from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by reprogramming cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the earliest phases of human development, learn more...

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo...

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

NASAs Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. But people might be surprised to learn there have been another 48 missions to the red planet so far. Of...

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Technology

S. Korea promotes homegrown technology as global standard for EV wireless charging

South Korea will ramp up efforts to promote a homegrown charging technology that allows electric vehicles to be charged up to 80 percent of their capacity within an hour as an international standard. The country...

‘F1 2021’ launches in July with a new story mode and updated career mode

The official video game sim of the prestigious Formula 1 race is getting a new iteration this year, officially titled F1 2021, and will launch in July. Aside from the ceremonial gameplay upgrades and addition of new...

‘Genshin Impact’ patch 1.5 online reveal is set on April 16

After weeks of relying on leaks, fans will finally get the details of the much-awaited Genshin Impact patch 1.5. Details about the updates official reveal have been announced and fans will be able to watch online streams...

‘The Last of Us’ remake is reportedly in development for PS5

The Last of Us is arguably one of the most popular franchises exclusive to the PlayStation systems, and its first game is reportedly undergoing a touch-up to maximize PS5s hardware. However, fans have yet to hear about...

Apple seeds iOS 14.5 beta 8 for public testers

iOS 14.5 is expected to be the biggest update since iOS 14 launched last fall. It finally became available to public testers as Apple seeded its eighth beta version this week. iOS 14.5 beta 8 now available to public...
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