Resilient reefs

Rising sea temperatures are having a huge impact on coral reefs. But some corals are fairing better than others, giving a glimmer of hope for their future. Could a better understanding of their resilience mechanisms provide the answers to their salvation? Heidi Burdett thinks so, and has taken on the challenge… but it’s a race … Continued

Hunting for a Huntington’s treatment

From striving to improve the quality of life for patients with Huntington’s disease using brain-training, to advocating for public and patient involvement in research for the disease, Emma Yhnell continually pushes the boundaries in her field. Join her to celebrate the recent successes and consider the challenges of searching for Huntington’s treatments. Winner of the … Continued

Can astronomy save Earth’s species?

By combining astronomy and drone technology to detect animals in real-time during the day or night, Claire Burke is spearheading the field of ‘astroecology’. In light of recent declines in biodiversity, she details how infrared imaging can improve understanding of the current situation and looks to how it could prevent extinctions. Winner of the 2018 … Continued

In the driving seat: what’s the risk with epilepsy?

A ‘one-size fits all’ approach is often given to those living with epilepsy, but armed with statistics, Laura Bonnett sought to change this. By investigating the risk of epileptic seizures based on a person’s characteristics, she influenced the DVLA to reduce their epilepsy driving restrictions. Here, she explores ‘risk’ and shares her experience of the … Continued

Shedding light on baby brain injury

Old technology is shedding new light on baby brain injury, promising to make the world a safer place for newborn babies and their families. Brain injury is a leading cause of mortality in newborns, but detection and monitoring is no easy feat. However, Gemma Bale’s pioneering work is changing this. Join her as she demonstrates … Continued

The weight of expectation

Socioeconomic inequality and obesity are intricately linked. A war has been declared on the ‘obesity epidemic’ and society often places blame on the individual for their condition. But what does this mean for the most vulnerable? Sociologist Oli Williams examines weight-based stigma, showing its unhelpfulness and exploring how this understanding can change public health for … Continued