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Gates Cambridge Scholars

Gates Cambridge Scholars are intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships were established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a $210 million endowment to enable outstanding graduate students from all around the world to study at the University of Cambridge.

Omar Khadr And Canada's Failure To Protect A Citizen's Rights

By instead violating the rights of one of its citizens, the Canadian government (both Liberal and Conservative) set itself up for a future lawsuit. Now that this lawsuit has been settled, the most productive thing that we can do is to move on and to work towards ensuring that a scenario such as this one, horrible on every level, never happens again.
14/07/2017 11:51 BST

DNA Sequencing In The Palm Of Your Hand

It is smaller than your smartphone. It plugs into your laptop with a standard USB cable. What is it? A new DNA sequencer. This week, it has been named amongst Science magazine's top 10 breakthroughs of the year.
06/01/2017 13:20 GMT

Gay Rights Are About More Than Marriage

On the 23rd of May, Ireland announced that by a popular vote, gays and lesbians would be allowed to marry. Crowds in Ireland and around the world cheered this progressive accomplishment, a victory for gay rights and democracy. Op-eds instantly appeared in major news outlets emphasising how Catholic Ireland is, and presumably, how surprising it is that Irish people would vote for marriage. But how much of a victory is the referendum? And how surprising is the outcome?
04/06/2015 11:21 BST

Facing Up to Global Challenges

Great leaders know how to listen. They are humble enough to learn from failures of their own and champion the lighthouse success of others. They act because their moral compass knows only that direction. And they build impact by igniting action.
29/05/2015 12:58 BST

Will India and Japan Forge a New Asia?

If this is the dawn of Bose's New Asia, the willingness of leaders to learn from the past may play a key role in shaping the course of the future.
10/10/2014 15:26 BST

Obesity in Africa

A better understanding of obesity within sub-Saharan populations will be important for the design and implementation of public healthcare policy and population prevention programmes in an effort to address the growing burden of cardiometabolic diseases.
18/06/2014 11:51 BST

A Second Green Revolution?

I started working on groundwater and irrigation issues in 2001 when I joined the IWMI-Tata Programme in Anand, Gujarat. As a part of that work, I helped design a survey of groundwater users in South Asia and the survey results surprised me.
22/10/2012 16:48 BST

Ending Unwanted Pregnancies in Latin America

Some countries make the procedures available in cases of rape, incest, or health risk, but women will lack access even in these circumstances: in Argentina and Peru, for instance, judges withhold authorisations for legal abortions and doctors refuse to perform the procedures.
12/10/2012 14:25 BST

A Season of Transitions

This is the time of year when birds change their plumage: they lose their old feathers, which are tattered from defending their nests and young during the previous few months, and they grow new ones. This year, I am going through a moulting season as well: I finished my PhD and will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in California in the fall.
08/10/2012 13:42 BST

Tackling Discrimination Against the Roma

The Roma community is considered one of the largest transnational minorities in Europe, with an estimated 10-12 million people. However, it's a group with one of the lowest life expectancies and worst health records in Europe, since Roma often lack access to proper housing, education, employment and political representation.
28/09/2012 12:16 BST

Maternal Health is an Issue for All

Causes of maternal mortality include unsafe abortions, obstructed labour, high blood pressure, severe bleeding after childbirth, and post-natal infections. Poor maternal health is also influenced by malnutrition from low iron levels and iodine deficiency.
24/09/2012 11:18 BST

A Youthful Vision for a Water and Food Secure World

The 'world of water' met last month at the World Water Week in Stockholm. This is an annual event organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), a think tank which aims to bridge the gap between science and policy on water-related issues.
17/09/2012 11:51 BST

Are We Protecting the Well-Being of Egg Donors?

The predominant regulation debate regarding egg donation has centred on whether or not egg donors should be compensated. And if so, how much? Making compensation debates the dominant focus, however, has perhaps misconstrued our perception of the problem by diverting our attention from all components of the issue.
10/09/2012 10:26 BST

Ending the Meningitis Season

In the region of Africa stretching west to Senegal and east to Ethiopia, the scorching dry season is known by another name: meningitis season. For more than a century, large-scale outbreaks of meningitis primarily caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis have led to significant suffering.
02/09/2012 11:56 BST

Celebrating Sport and Remarkable People

I admire sport. I was one of the 150 million viewers that tuned in to the Olympics this past August, cheering wildly as my country defended its medal count, and as some of its most beloved athletes crushed old records.
23/08/2012 16:46 BST