North America Analysis January 2019

Welcome to the January 2019 edition of North America Analysis. Heading up this exciting publication, the National Eye Institute (NEI) takes stock of its progress in advancing vision research and developing new therapies to treat blinding diseases, to mark its 50-year anniversary

On the subject of research & innovation, Dr Arthur Lupia, Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the U.S. provides a compelling glimpse into how supporting social and behavioural science improves the quality of life.

Another fascinating insight comes from Dr David Weinberg from the Human Placenta Project, a program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. In his article, he details why the human placenta is a short-lived organ, yet has a long-lasting impact.

Turning to Canada, the work of The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in advancing the knowledge of space, through science and using its discoveries to benefit Canadians and all of humanity, is detailed here.

Finally, Shawn Yarnes from The Integrated Breeding Platform in Mexico highlights harnessing the genetic diversity of a dynamic crop, cowpea and why it is important today.

I hope that you find this publication insightful. Please do get in touch with me if you have any ideas for compelling content for the future, or perhaps you’d just like to provide your remarks on this edition.

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