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Health science affects us all. Here at Research Features we are dedicated to making it accessible to all. From cardiovascular disease to cancer research, neurological disorders to male infertility, this issue we bring you the latest research from the front line.
We're excited to present the work of Professor Andrew Emili at the new, state-of-the-art Center for Network Systems Biology, Boston University.

Read on to hear from prominent thought leaders, including Radio 4’s The Life Scientific presenter Professor Jim Al-Khalili, OBE; Marilyn Gentry, President of the World Cancer Research Fund International; Trudie Lobban, MBE, Founder and CEO of Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS-UK); Professor Glenda Gray, Chair of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases and Mardas Daneshian, CEO and co-founder of Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)-Europe. Their work is helping to shape global scientific collaboration and increasing awareness around the world.

Join our readers across the globe to discover the exciting health science research featured in this issue. I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as we did!
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Prepare to be informed and inspired by this issue's articles. We uncover the latest cancer research, from basic science to uncovering new treatments. We also discover more about the intriguing sickle-cell disease, the growing global burden of non-communicable diseases, development of new tools to tackle mental health and much, much more.

Cancer is a disease that affects us all. We talk to dedicated researchers who explain their often unexpected findings and share their successes, challenges and hopes for their work.

Grab a cup of coffee and delve into the fascinating world of health sciences!

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It is easy to be fascinated by biology. So much of it is so visible in our everyday lives that it is, perhaps, the science that most people can relate to. It is certainly true that the scientists featured in this issue all show a phenomenal level of enthusiasm and dedication to their subject. And rightly so.

This commitment is echoed by some of the leading lights in this area of research. Like them, the researchers we feature in this issue span the whole gamut of biological sciences with their work relating to ecology, health, physics, agriculture, molecular biology... the list runs on. So, read on to delve into the absorbing world of their work and discover its secrets for yourself.

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This issue features the fascinating work of researchers in the area of Health Science, running from Neuroscience to Child Health via Genetics, Obesity, Molecular Bioscience and Technology. We were delighted to speak to these researchers more closely about their work – we're sure you'll find it fascinating.

We were delighted to have a global mix of researchers featured this issue. The continued effort to improve health around the world is one we can all get behind. And it is our pleasure to be celebrating it this issue.

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No one who takes the time to look around can fail to be amazed by our planet. It supports a bewildering array of different life forms thriving in diverse habitats. And a closer look at any of the insects, plants, mammals or other inhabitants of Earth only magnifies the wonder.

There is much to see, and much more to be learnt, from Biological Sciences. The researchers we feature this issue are well aware of how much is still to discover. There’s the potential of basic biological science to uncover a possible therapy for a hitherto untreatable disease, or the knowledge to help us combat climate change.

Some researchers’ work is helping to improve our health, others are focused on our food supply; but all of them are inspired by the world around us to protect our planet and improve the lives of its inhabitants.
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The wonderful complexity of the human body is reflected in the sheer breadth of Health Science research; and this variety is very much evident in this issue of Research Features.

The scientists we feature this issue are striving to increase our basic understanding of key functions, progress our awareness of how these can be disrupted, enhance our knowledge of the pathogens that can affect us, and develop treatments for when our health deteriorates.

Whether in the arena of Child Development, Microbiology, Mental Health or many others, the work of these researchers contributes to a greater scheme of knowledge that benefits us all. We are proud to be featuring their work and are excited to share it with you. Join our readership around the world and dive into the latest collection of fascinating articles.
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France, Germany and Switzerland have long been powerhouses of European research. This issue it has been our pleasure to meet some of the scientists conducting cutting-edge research in these countries.

Whether they are working in the field of chemistry, computing or cardiovascular medicine, these researchers are dedicated to sharing their valuable work.

The fantastic work that these scientists undertake, the broad range of expertise that they represent and the wide-ranging implications of their work illustrate the diversity and vibrancy of research in France, Germany and Switzerland.
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The impact of science is evident in our everyday lives. The technology we use, the clothes we wear, the way we communicate are all products of painstaking research. But its influence is even wider than this: by investigating the birth of our universe or the nanostructure of atoms, scientists continue to shed light on the undiscovered corners of our world.

The researchers in the issue are spread across the varied areas of maths, physics, chemistry, and materials. Whether it involves a new technique for harnessing solar power or the ability to watch molecular changes as they happen, their work highlights the importance of continued discovery.

Read on to get to grips with their fascinating work.
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Translating new research and ideas into practical, applicable and commercially successful ventures is key to the concept of innovation.

Innovation is something that the researchers and companies featured in this issue all have in common –they have identified a problem and provided a solution: a computer programme to help combat illiteracy; a novel technique to identify dental erosion; a new method for the disposal of nuclear waste; viable alternatives to fossil fuels; a press to allow researchers to create better tablets; or a model to predict coating systems for industrial components.

Join our global readership and discover more about the work these companies are doing.

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Whether it's investigating vital chemical processes, improving cardiology or shining a light on dentistry, ageing, cancer or autoimmune diseases, the work done by the researchers in this month's issue is, by its nature, relevant to us all.

This issue, we also speak to some of health science's leading figures: Dr Jack Lewin, recent President and CEO of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation; James Appleby, Executive Director and CEO of The Gerontological Society of America; Dr Arthur Roach, Director of Research and Development at Parkinson’s UK; and Dr Iain Foulkes of Cancer Research UK.

With research budgets being tightened across much of the world, it is important to recognise that the work carried out every day by researchers globally is contributing to such promising progress across so many areas.

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The value of basic research, the critical need for rigorous data analysis, the importance of translating from bench to bedside – the researchers featured in this issue acknowledge the wider impact and context of their research. We also heard from several thought leaders who are at the forefront of funding and directing research in diverse areas of health sciences.

The scientists in this issue are passionate about their research and we are just as passionate about sharing the valuable work they do. Neuroscience, child health, spinal cord injury, epidemiology... join our readers across the globe to discover the exciting health science research taking place every day around the world.

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Curious, committed and conscientious. The researchers we spoke to this issue have diverse backgrounds but they are all joined by their commitment to improving the lives of others. Whether that is by developing new technologies, exploring the power of nutrition, or developing novel statistical methods, either at the bench or in the business sphere, these researchers are working hard to answer fundamental questions about our health.

Take a look inside for interviews with some fantastic leaders in their fields: Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID; Dr Jo Inchley, Assistant Director of CAHRU; Professor Robert Winston, leading fertility expert at Genesis Research Trust; and Professor Jim Hughes and Steve Taylor, senior researchers at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

From molecular biology to adolescent health, via the immune system and the inner ear - this issue has been a journey around the human body. Join our global readership to find out more about the exciting research happening in health science and the scientists behind the work.

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From basic to applied science; neuroscience to minority health to cancer; individuals to some of the world’s largest and most influential research bodies – this issue reflects the fascinating diversity of Health Science.
We were delighted to hear first-hand from Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, the details of their R&D Blueprint – the research action plan to ensure the global community is as well-prepared as possible for the next epidemic. We also had the pleasure of speaking to noted neuroscientist, Dr Nicolas Bazan, about his research, his career and life beyond the laboratory. We heard from Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, one of the world’s largest dementia-focused research organisations. And Dr Valeria Caso, President of the European Stroke Organisation, explained how its members are helping improve patient outcomes for stroke. Cary Adams, CEO of the Union for International Cancer Control, spoke to us about the importance of a combined global effort to combat cancer and how we all have a role to play.

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This issue is packed full of articles bringing the work of inspiring researchers to your attention. The world of Health Science is diverse and fascinating and the research in this issue reflects that.

We have heard from Professor Robert Winston at Genesis Research Trust and Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, both leaders in the world of Child Health. We also have features on four scientists whose work is helping to ensure that our knowledge of this area continues to expand.

Elsewhere in the magazine, our view of Health Science remains as broad as ever, with articles featuring the work of researchers in Women’s Health, Novel Drug Development, Molecular Biology, Epidemiology and Neurology.
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Pharmacology, microbiology, nutrition, neurology, biochemistry, immunology... The complexity and breadth of the field of health science is reflected in the range of researcherswe have spoken for this issue.

Whether their work is helping to develop new drugs, contributing to technological advances, unravelling the mysteries of neurodegeneration, or harnessing the power of nutrition, the researchers in this issue all have one thing in common: they are actively contributing to invaluable advances in the arena of health.

We also spoke to some of the thought leaders and champions at the forefront of scientific development. Their work is helping to shape global scientific collaboration and increasing awareness around the world

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The researchers heading this issue of Research Features have made some truly exciting breakthroughs.

We delve into the brain and look at the new atlas of our brain regions that generate meaning from language and see how ketamine is about to revolutionise mental health treatment.

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