Health and Medicine

Dr Brian Peerce – Fighting Chronic Kidney Disease with 2FP

According to the National Kidney Foundation, ten per cent of the world’s population is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), and millions die each year from the condition. In response, Dr Brian Peerce, a biochemist, and Dr Slomowitz, a nephrologist, co-founded...

Calder Biosciences: Engineering Solutions for Improved Vaccines

Designing better vaccines is the end goal for Calder Biosciences Inc., a company that has found a new way to engineer vaccines, ensuring greater stability, prolonging their duration in the body and thereby enhancing protection. Using a natural chemical reaction known...

Dr Charles Wray – Teaching the Genome Generation

Since the release of the first human genome, our understanding of genetics has grown significantly. However, keeping up with developments in the field can be overwhelming for students, and even teachers. Dr Charles Wray of The Jackson Laboratory has created a unique...

Professor Charles Carter – The Evolution of Genetic Coding

The research of Professor Charles Carter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, unravels some of the biggest mysteries of molecular evolution. His research is dedicated to investigating how information flows from genes to proteins found in living organisms...

Dr Hernan Garcia-Ruiz – When Viruses Infect Plants

Just as human beings can catch a cold, plants can also get viral infections. Understanding the mechanisms regulating the interactions between plants and viruses is the first step towards developing better management strategies and using biotechnology methods to...

Professor Michael Rieger – Always Forward, Never Back

Stem cells are the therapeutics of the future, but to use them to their full potential we first need to understand how they function within the body. Professor Michael Rieger of the Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany is working to understand the complex...

Professor George Brewer – How to Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease

Could copper be the cause of the current major epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease? Professor George Brewer at the University of Michigan Medical School presents a compelling case for the role of copper in causing this debilitating disease at a time when answers are...

Outcomes of Gender Summit 11, Co-hosted by NSERC

From November 6 to 8, 2017, more than 675 advocates of gender equity from across many different fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) took part in Gender Summit 11, in Montreal, Quebec. Co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering...

The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM)

Malaria is a worldwide killer. According to WHO statistics, the disease resulted in 445,000 deaths in 2016, with the vast majority (407,000) occurring in African countries. Next year the first ever vaccine against malaria will be tested in a clinical trial in Ghana,...

MQ: Transforming Mental Health

Our mental health is important at every stage of our lives, from childhood to adolescence and throughout adulthood. MQ: Transforming Mental Health is an international charity dedicated to researching the causes of mental health conditions and the development of...

Cylerus: An Innovative Approach to Vascular Drug Delivery

Prosthetic vascular grafts for dialysis access have a limited lifespan and usefulness due to inflammation, infection and especially blood vessel narrowing at the site of graft implantation. Consequently, patients need repeated surgeries to revise or replace the...

COBRE – Raising the Bar in Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation

Despite the high number of stroke survivors worldwide, research to help those with chronic disabilities after stroke has long been underemphasised. The Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Stroke Recovery aims to...