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Professor Louise Serpell, Co-Director of the Sussex Dementia Research Group, explains how her research into the formation of proteins in the brain will help future treatments for Alzheimer's.

Where to find a cure for dementia? 


Professor Dave Goulson, Biologist and co-director of The Buzz Club, talks about how his work is raising the awareness of declining bee populations and the ways to save them.

Who's killing the bees?

Business and Management

Katie Bailey, professor of Management, says giving employees a sense of self-worth can make all the difference.

What makes work meaningful – or meaningless? 


Simon Ward, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, talks about the vital role of University of Sussex scientists in developing drugs for life-changing illnesses such as schizophrenia.

What drives new medical treatments?

Criminology and Sociology

Dr Suraj Lakhani, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology, describes how his research into youth subcultures can help inform government policies on terrorism.

Why young people become radicalised


Louise Morley, professor of Education, says the key to encouraging more women into leadership roles is catching them early.

How to get women out of the 'velvet ghetto'

Energy and sustainability

Dr Mari Martiskainen, Sussex Energy Group research fellow, says tens of thousands die in England every winter because they cannot afford to heat their homes.

Why fuel poverty is an issue as urgent as climate change


Peter Boxall, Professor of English and author of 21st Century Fiction, reviews the history of the novel from Defoe to the contemporary and asks if words can ever capture reality.

Does the novel have a future?


In the wake of recent political changes, Clive Webb, professor of Modern American History, assesses whether the UK and the US will remain best buddies.

What will happen to the special relationship?

International Development

Higher walls just means longer ladders, says Professor Mike Collyer at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.

Why migration deterrents don’t work

International Relations

Peter Newell, professor of International Relations, says new alliances will help governments and businesses to adopt low-carbon energy systems.

Is a low-carbon economy really possible?

Stefan Elbe, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Global Health, explains how power relations within and between governments affect the health of nations.

Who holds the power in global health?


Heather Keating, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Responsibility, talks about the need for a new law to defend those whose compassionate intentions can lead to charges of murder.

Compassionate killing - or murder? 


Dr Lynne Murphy, reader in Linguistics, unpicks the niceties of English and American politeness.

What do we really mean when we say ‘please’?


Matthew Dimmock, Professor of Early Modern Studies, says the Quran was a best-seller in 17th-century England.

Islam has been part of our culture for 400 years 

Music technology

Dr Thor Magnusson, senior lecturer in Music, describes how digital technologies are transforming our experience of music.

Will computers replace composers? 


Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, describes how technology can now illuminate what’s happening in our brains when we have experiences.

How does the brain create experiences? 


Alan Dalton, professor of Experimental Physics, describes how silver nanowires could be used to create bigger and more flexible touchscreens.

What next for touchscreen technology?

Dr Kathy Romer, Reader in Astrophysics, describes how her involvement in an international project exploring the mysteries of dark energy may help explain why the Universe is expanding.

What is dark energy doing to the Universe?


Professor Dan Hough, Director of the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, talks about how his research will help the Met clamp down on international crime.

How to combat corruption


Dr Richard de Visser, Reader in Health Psychology, describes how his research into the effectiveness of stop-drinking campaigns is helping raise awareness of the benefits of cutting back on alcohol.

The good news on giving up booze

Social Work

Gillian Ruch, professor of Social Work, explains why it’s necessary to shine a light on society’s uncomfortable truths.

Why are social workers scapegoated?

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