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 have also heard from several thought leaders who are at the forefront of funding and directing research in diverse areas of health sciences.
Joseph D McInerney from the American Society of Human Genetics discusses the society’s long history and its work. He also shares some of his hopes and concerns for the future of genetic research.
With Alzheimer’s disease affecting more people each year, we spoke to Jean Georges, Executive Director of Alzheimer Europe about how awareness of the disease has changed. And a change of attitude is exactly what Dr Samuel Ball, CEO and President of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is hoping for – he explains how understanding addiction as a disease, not a failing, is a key step in improving the surrounding policy and practice.
Raising awareness is also a key remit for Wings for Life, the spinal cord research charity. CEO Anita Gerhardter details the progress they have made so far and their plans to continue funding key research into spinal cord injury.
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.