A Global Village
Issue 10

From the Editors

Neave O'Clery, Imperial College London

Is it possible to have it all? Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg thinks so – placing the emphasis on individual action and encouraging women need to ‘lean in’ to opportunities rather than step back when embarking on motherhood. On page 30, Calypso Montouchet eloquently balances this theory with the need for attitude and institutional change, probing the range of reasons why women struggle to make it to the top.        

                     Neave O’Clery Editor In Chief

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for a third of all deaths worldwide, and this statistic is likely to worsen given today’s ageing population. On page 12, Prof. Thomas Brand looks beyond traditional risk factors to explore genetic mechanisms that could provide novel therapeutic targets for the ageing heart.

                   Nazeeha Hasan Deputy Editor Design

Cancer is still a leading cause of premature death around the globe, claiming 15% of all deaths worldwide. On page 21, Carina Crawford addresses how this worrying number is inexorably rising as the world population grows and lives longer, and explores the tools available to tackle this killer disease.

                  Claire Roseren Managing Editor Content

Both normal ageing processes, as well as pathological diseases prevalent in the ageing population, put a huge amount of pressure on our healthcare systems. Steve Beales argues on page 8 that we need a more coordinated approach to healthcare, in order to effectively deal with the rising demand of different care and needs required by the changing population.

                   Georgia Lockwood-Estrin Ageing

Urbanisation, population growth and poverty in Kenya have increased demand for a cheap, easily available cooking fuel. Fuel briquettes are emerging as a viable alternative energy source, which is affordable, eco-friendly and supports the poorest communities. On page 39, Mary Njenga describes how this technology is creating livelihoods for women and other marginalised groups and helping to increase community resilience.

                   Dharshani Weerasekera Gender Economics

Hands are a very important functional part of our body, both for practical tasks and communication purposes. On page 27, Prof. Silvestro Micera describes recent progress in research on neural interfaces-based prostheses – currently the best substitute for the natural limb. It is hoped this emerging technology will overcome the limitations of existing prosthetics, both from the functional and aesthetic point of view.

                  Antonio Torrisi Managing Editor Design

Alzheimer’s disease is unambiguously connected with ageing. On page 18, Ioanna Stefani explores the fundamentals of this disease, with an emphasis on the role of an organelle called the Endoplasmic Reticulum, and explains how we might be able to manipulate this organelle to develop effective treatments.

                  Eftychios Hadjittofis Ageing

Despite the rise in organ donation in the UK, three people die every day while on the waiting list for organs. The present debate is on the matter of consent with some arguing that consent should be presumed for all unless otherwise stated to address the shortage of organs. On page 24, Stephen McCarthy discusses how the field of tissue engineering may settle this debate by growing artificial biological organs from a patient’s own cells.

                 Mohammad Yaqub Chaudhary Technology for Disability

Women face many obstacles on the career ladder, not least the risks posed by sexual harassement. On page 34, Renate van Oosten reveals how unchecked discrimination, harassment and sexual violence can permeate the workplace, and showcases the legal efforts that draw attention to people’s rights to earn in safety and security.

                 Jayraj Rathod Gender Economics

 

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