The Mill Hill Essays 2005 are now available on the NIMR website. The
whole booklet is available as a PDF file and individual essays as
The Mill Hill Essays are published annually to promote science in
society at large. They are written by members of staff of the
National Institute for Medical Research, and are designed to be
accessible to anyone with an interest in science and the natural
world. The latest volume includes five essays.
Health in Africa [Sam Kinyanjui and Francis Ndungu]
This year saw the UK play host to the G8 summit at which one of
the main issues discussed was development in Africa, targeting
poverty, health and education. Our first essay this year, by Sam
Kinyanjui and Francis Ndungu, examines the causes of ill-health in
Africa and suggests that a multi-pronged approach will be necessary
to resolve African health issues.
A lottery ticket and a packet of cigarettes, please [Martin Webb]
Cancer is one of the biggest causes of ill-health and death in
the UK. Martin Webb explains what happens to make a cell become
Systems Biology [Richard Goldstein]
Richard Goldsteins essay looks at the fascinating new area of
systems biology, which aims to produce accurate models of living
cells and organisms and all of their functions.
Heart disease genetics [Leon D'Cruz]
Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest causes of ill-health
and death in the UK. Leon DCruz explains the genetics behind a
common form of heart disease.
Sharing the benefits of biomedical science [Michael Sargent]
In his essay on the history of philanthropy in medical research,
Michael Sargent shows how modern not-for-profit companies are
starting to make an impact on diseases of the developing world.
Frank Norman, Librarian. National Institute for Medical Research
The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA, UK
tel 020 8816 2227 fax 020 8816 2230 email fnorman at nimr.mrc.ac.uk