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Issue 112


Here at Research Outreach we’re devoted to making high quality cutting-edge research and information accessible to a wider audience. In this first issue of 2020 we continue to strive to bring you the latest research developments across the world.

A multidisciplinary team of researchers are working together to find new ways to tackle cognitive problems in MS patients. We learn more from Professor Roshan das Nair, Dr Nikos Evangelou and Professor Rob Dineen of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

Collectively, meningitis and neonatal sepsis are the second biggest infectious killers of children aged under five globally. We speak to Vinny Smith, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), who tells us more about MRF’s future goals to improve the rate of prevention, provide better diagnosis and treatment, and create an easily accessible infrastructure of information and support.

Membership organisation the Europlanet Society promotes the active advancement of planetary science in Europe. We learn more about their aims of fostering a new community of planetary knowledge and expertise from Secretary of their Executive Board, Anita Heward.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Research Outreach as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.



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Issue 111


Increasing the accessibility of cutting-edge research is important to us at Research Outreach. In this issue, the last of 2019, we continue to celebrate the latest developments in research, spanning a broad range of disciplines. We talk to dedicated teams from all corners of the globe who explain their findings, share their successes, and discuss challenges and future hopes for their work.

Also devoted to engaging the public in science is the European Citizen Science Association, who are promoting the growth of the citizen science movement in Europe and improving public participation in scientific processes. Research Outreach met with the ECSA to learn more about their work and their aims to tackle many of our greatest challenges, such as climate change and social equality, through wider societal participation in citizen science.

We speak to Giels Brouwer, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of SciSports, world-leading provider of groundbreaking football data intelligence. Giels tells us about their machine-learning algorithm that provides actionable data to professional football organisations, football players, media and entertainment, helping them to stay one step ahead of the game.

Welcome to our final issue of Research Outreach for 2019! We’re thrilled with it, and we think you will be, too.



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Issue 110


In this issue of Research Outreach magazine we’re excited to feature an extraordinary array of research from across the globe.

New research is beginning to explore the role that play has on children’s learning and development. Research Outreach attended the annual Primary Science Education Committee (PSEC) conference and spoke with Early Years experts to find out more.

Recognising the difficulties women can face in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is Science and Technology in Australia (STA). They are driving initiatives forward to include female representation in STEM fields. We speak to STA’s president, Professor Emma Johnston, about how they are supporting and celebrating female scientists and technologists.

Members of our team also attended the New Scientist Live festival in London this month. We share our highlights from the event which showcases some incredible innovations, technologies and research.

We’re sure you will enjoy learning more about the work of the researchers we feature in this issue. Delve right in and discover the fascinating research inside!



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Issue 109


This issue of Research Outreach ranges across a breadth of research, all of it fascinating. We hear from researchers working in diverse fields, from medicine to law, biology to physics. Two insightful interviews also highlight key focus points for the issue.

A collaboration between streaming behemoth Netflix, experienced nature film creators Silverback Films and longstanding NGO World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Our Planet series was breathtaking. High scientific value, beautifully shot scenes and David Attenborough’s acclaimed narration proved a winning combination. Our Planet’s Education Manager, Matt Larsen-Daw, discusses the series and explains the wider education and outreach intentions.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is a multifaceted organisation that works to understand Motor Neurone Disease and offer support to those who suffer from it and their families. Dr Brian Dickie, Director of Research Development at the MND Association, shares his insights on the association’s work and the future for the disease.

Working with each of the researchers featured in this issue has been a pleasure. We hope you enjoying discovering the details of their compelling work.


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Issue 108


Research Outreach continues to showcase research from a broad range of institutions around the globe. In this issue, we are excited to celebrate some of the pioneers driving the latest discoveries and innovations in research.

In this issue of Research Outreach, we feature researchers working across a variety of disciplines. The common thread is that all are united by their passion and enthusiasm for rigorous research.

The UK Dementia Research Institute aims to unite researchers, clinicians and scientists in the battle against this little understood range of conditions. We speak to Director of Scientific Affairs, Giovanna Lalli, who tells us more about UK DRI’s mission to lead multidisciplinary research, not only into Alzheimer’s but the spectrum of neurodegenerative conditions causing dementia.

The brainchild of Shane McCracken, I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here, connects scientists directly with schools to help young people engage with STEM subjects and social sciences. We find out more about Shane’s mission to address the issue of young people lacking in ‘science capital’, the concept that a broad exposure to science through various channels contributes to a feeling in young people that science is for ‘people like me’.

We’re excited to feature such an extraordinary array of topics for you to delve into.


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Issue 107


Research Outreach continues to showcase research from a broad range of institutions around the globe. In this issue, we are excited to celebrate some of the pioneers driving the latest discoveries and innovations in research.

We speak to Michael Matlosz, President of grassroots association EuroScience, which believes that science forms the basis for the continued health and prosperity of Europe and its citizens. Michael explains how EuroScience supports, encourages and represents European scientists, and discusses some of the challenges facing European scientists today.
The Global Footprint Network is an international research organisation that is changing the way the world uses its natural renewable resources by publishing simple, scalable data for everybody. Co-founder Mathis Wackernagel tells us how Global Footprint Network’s initiatives are helping advance and communicate the science of sustainability.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Research Outreach as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.


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Issue 106


The fields of science research are varied and diverse and becoming increasingly global and collaborative. In this issue of Research Outreach, we feature researchers from across the globe including Europe, the US, Australia and Japan. We also speak to some of the people at the forefront of ensuring that the face of research truly reflects the society it serves.

The Women in Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (WE@RIT) programme was initiated by Professor of Mechanical Engineering Margaret Bailey in 2003. Since then, it has become a bastion of support for female students in an academic field that remains even now, vastly male-dominated. Dr Bailey shares her experiences of leading the programme and her hopes for the future.

Global non-profit Iridescent challenges the negative myths surrounding AI and uses technology to inspire underserved children to become innovators. We speak to founder and CEO Tara Chklovski, discussing how Iridescent’s goals have become a reality.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Research Outreach – we’ve certainly enjoyed putting it together.


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Issue 105


This issue has a truly global feel with researchers featured from institutions around the world. Reflecting the international face of research is something we are particularly proud of and hope to expand on in future issues.

We’re also proud to publish under Creative Commons (CC) licensing. Building a genuinely open, transparent and international publishing community has become easier thanks to CC licences. Graham Steel (Publishing Consultant and Interim Representative for the United Kingdom to the CC Global Network Council) explains more.

The American Heart Association has been educating people on CPR, heart health, stroke and heart disease worldwide for nearly 100 years. Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses and Healthcare Solutions, John Meiners, tells us more about the Association’s key strategies including a focus on prevention.

As diverse in topic as it is in geography, issue 105 of Research Outreach covers Health & Medicine, Physical Sciences, Biology, Engineering & Technology, Education & Training and Behavioural Sciences.


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Issue 104


Across the globe, a wealth of valuable research is conducted every day. Sadly though, this vital work isn’t always visible to the public.

Dr Donna Nelson of the American Chemical Society has made it her mission to change the public perception and appreciation of science. Whether that is as a leading figure
in the research community or as scientific advisor to Breaking Bad, Dr Nelson’s commitment to increased awareness of the value of science is clear.

As Chair of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Dr Suzanne Jackson champions a public health perspective on important public policy discussions that impact the health and well-being of Canadians. She talks to us about the institution and highlights the key challenges to come in the future.

Professor Mike Meredith is tackling a significant global challenge head on: science leader at the British Antarctic Survey, he investigates the role oceans play in slowing climate change by absorbing carbon and heat. A key tool for his work? The underwater vessel named Boaty McBoatface by the British public.

Covering work from researchers in fields as diverse as Physical Sciences, Health & Medicine, Earth & Environment and Biology, we’re sure this issue of Research Outreach has something to interest everyone.



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Issue 103


Research covers so many diverse areas. From fertility, cancer treatments and hearing damage to gender equity in the green economy, the range of subjects featured in this issue of Research Outreach is testament to the diversity of work being conducted by researchers around the world.

We also hear from two Thought Leaders within Health research who share their insights with us.

Professor Rhian Touyz is the Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences (ICAMS) at the University of Glasgow. She discusses the institute’s goal with us, outlining the vital research conducted there and the vision for the future.

The European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) aims to raise awareness and improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer patients. Birgit Beger, CEO of ECCO, outlines the role of the organisation, its influence so far and, more importantly, the future of cancer care.

With such a varied array of subject to choose from, we hope you enjoy learning more about the extraordinary work of the researchers we feature.



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Issue 102

There are many overlaps between the fields of Health & Medicine and Biology. In this issue of Research Outreach, we feature researchers and hear from Thought Leaders across both disciplines.

Dr Maryrose Franko, Executive Director of the Health Research Alliance explains why popularising research is so important and why the organisation puts people at the heart of its policies. Dr Philip Hieter, President of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB), emphasises the importance of advocacy and education for securing funding and support.

Canadian Blood Services’ CEO Dr Graham Sher explains the story behind the non-profit charitable organisation’s mission to effectively manage the bloody supply for Canadians. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) promotes eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships. CEO Peter Ackland discusses their mission and the importance of World Sight Day.

In addition to our Thought Leaders, you will find this issue packed full of fascinating research from Health & Medicine and Biology. Join our global readership and dive straight in to find out more!

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Issue 101

For those not immersed in it every day, the world of research can seem dauntingly distant. At Research Outreach, we are committed to closing that gap. We want to open up the research community so that readers around the world can understand the value of the work being carried out in diverse subject areas.

Whether you are interested in Physical Sciences, Education & Training, Engineering & Technology or Biology, this issue of Research Outreach will have plenty to interest you. In addition to detailed articles on research projects, we also hear from the scientists themselves, to gain an insight into the people behind the research.

We speak to Professor Laurent Keller from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) about all things evolution as well as his experience as president of the society. The ESEB has approximately 1,400 members who it supports through a networking platform, conferences, funding and two journals.

It was a pleasure to work on this issue and we hope that you enjoy reading it.

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