The power of science

Aedes mosquito

Disease is part and parcel of life. Every now and again an epidemic breaks and hundreds of thousands are effected across numerous countries. Zika was the latest epidemic to effect pregnant women across South and Central America. Closer to home, we are well-versed with the Aedes mosquito and the deathly devastation it can bring.

Research by scientists in the US and UK has estimated that up to 1.65 million childbearing women in Central and South America could become infected by the Zika virus by the end of the first wave of the epidemic. Across Latin America and the Caribbean, this could mean more than 90 million infections as a result of the initial stages of the spread of Zika.

Scientists are working around the clock to put an end to the spread of the disease as well as find answers through the work being carried out in dengue research. Breakthroughs can come from anywhere, so as scientists continue to work to bring answers to the table, organisations like the WHO are concentrating on issuing health guidelines and travel advisories.

Everyone has a role to play, and as a person of science you could be one of those people that brings relief and cure to thousands affected across the world. Take that step. Become a person of science!


Secret to success in science

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be knownAs a student of science, it is vital that you stay abreast with the developments in science and technology. Research can be a great source of inspiration and growth in your life as a student. Reading about what’s happening in the world of medicine worldwide will help you understand your studies better and give you clarity about the areas you may want to specialise in. So troll science websites and start hitting the library to pick up journals. You never know what you may be inspired to do with the next article you read.

Here’s a couple of titbits:

Recently, Ahok K. Shetty, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, associate director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and research career scientist at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, and his team at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, is looking at how to replace brain cells and restore memory. Research like this has far-reaching benefits especially for those who suffer from dementia and other age-related illnesses. His findings were published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine.

Leading autism treatment provider, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), in a joint study with Chapman University is looking at the effects of variables in treating autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Results revealed important determinations in regards to supervision, with experience of the supervisor directing impacting the individual being treated. Studies like these will help practitioners make better decisions about clinical standards of care.

If you are interested in one day contributing to areas of science and medicine like these researchers, the place to start is here. With the right foundation and choice of medical school, you will be on your way to change the world of medicine through your contribution.

Great foundation to take you further

library-1400312_1280Have you wondered how well you will fare in your medical exams? Does it keep you up at night wondering if you have ability and capacity to cope with the stresses of medical school?

A great foundation will get you far. It will set the groundwork for you to step confidently into life at medical school. With the right grounding, you can be assured that you are as good as your peers if not better. A great pre-university programme would also enable you to better participate in learning and ask questions that will enhance your knowledge.

An Argentinian university recently made the news when only two percent of its medical students passed their basic modules at the start of their degrees. The extremely low pass rate at the National University of La Plata prompted the country’s education minister to call for better basic education in schools.

Of the 3,100 enrolled medical students at the university’s School of Medicine this year to take the term-time assessments, a whopping 98 percent failed their introductory courses in biology, anatomy and histology. The call included asking universities to participate in strengthening education quality before university.

Argentina may be far from home, but education quality is something that is equally as important any side of the world. Get yourself the best grounding for a great start at university. Talk to us about our Foundation in Science programme. Intakes are all year round, and in just 12 months you will have the necessary grounding to set you on your way towards your medical degree.