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Maike Winters

Maike Winters

PhD student

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About me

In my PhD project, I combine my background in journalism and communication with global health and epidemiology. My research focusses on the role of risk communication and misinformation in infectious disease outbreaks - for instance the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. I am currently working on the Contagious Misinformation Trial, which aimed to debunk prevalent misinformation about typhoid in Sierra Leone using audio dramas on WhatsApp. At KI I am also involved in science communication research, investigating the influence of press releases from medical universities on media articles.

Apart from my work at KI, I am Chief Ignorance Hunter at the Gapminder Foundation. I help to develop and test new fact questions around global trends, hunting topics where chimpanzees outsmart humans.

Research description


Homecare for sick family members while waiting for medical help during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone: a mixed methods study  Schmidt-Hellerau K, Winters M, Lyons P, Leigh B, Jalloh MB, Sengeh P, Sawaneh AB, Zeebari Z, Salazar M, Jalloh MF, Nordenstedt H.  BMJ Global Health, 2020;5:e002732

Creating misinformation: how a headline in BMJ about covid-19 spread virally  Winters M, Oppenheim B, Pick J, Nordenstedt H.  BMJ, 2020;369:m2384

Reporting in a health emergency: The roles of Sierra Leonean journalists during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak Winters M, Nordenstedt H, Mölsted Alvesson H PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2020: 14(5): e0008256

Ebola: global commitment for local engagement needed Winters M, Nordenstedt H European Journal of Public Health, 2019;5:807

The association between quality measures of medical university press releases and their corresponding news stories—Important information missing Winters M, Larsson A, Kowalski J, Sundberg CJ PLOS ONE 2019;14(6):e0217295

Risk Communication and Ebola-Specific Knowledge and Behaviour during 2014-2015 Outbreak, Sierra Leone Winters M, Jalloh MF, Sengeh P, Jalloh MB, Conteh L, Bunnell R, Li W, Zeebari Z, Nordenstedt H.  Emerging Infectious Diseases 2018;24(2):336-344

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