Every year, more than 100,000 people are hospitalised due to heart attacks. Another area of ground-breaking research at King’s aims to reduce their devastating impact, by finding innovative new ways to regenerate damaged heart muscle.
Our researchers are also giving hope to people who have lost body functions due to spinal cord injuries, with a world-first gene therapy that could give someone back the use of their hands, return their bowel and bladder control, or allow them to breathe without a ventilator – with profound implications for independence and quality of life.
King’s is home to one of the leading dental faculties in the world. Here, we’re researching how fine-tuning the mouth’s microbiome – bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms – could help to treat or even prevent disease, with potential applications ranging from cancer to dementia. We’re bringing together basic science, clinical insight, computational biology and artificial intelligence to understand the complex interactions at play and open the door to a new era of personalised medicine.
Shaping a more equitable future for all
Research shows that gender equality will secure benefits for the whole of society, from healthier and safer communities, to economic success and stronger democracies. And yet, current strategies to drive change are not working. One of the challenges is robustly evidencing the gaps and barriers, and proving what works. This approach lies at the heart of the King’s Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL), which is working towards a world in which women of all backgrounds have fair and equal access to leadership, while also challenging ideas of what leadership looks like.
Our engineering teams are harnessing state-of-the-art King’s facilities to develop and test new technologies that address today’s biggest challenges. All of their research is rooted in sustainability themes, seeking to address global issues highlighted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: from energy challenges and healthcare inequalities, to agricultural labour shortages and food insecurity.
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