• Question: Will your work save lives?

    Asked by ribena to Probash, David, Luna, Mark, Melanie on 22 Mar 2011 in Categories: . This question was also asked by murgy15, nadeemjenna, lauraowenx.
    • Photo: Luna Munoz

      Luna Munoz answered on 18 Mar 2011:

      I don’t have any direct observation of saving a life of someone who was going to die. However, I hope that my work will save children from losing their lives to crime and prison.

    • Photo: Melanie Stefan

      Melanie Stefan answered on 18 Mar 2011:

      Not immediately, but it might provide a foundation for other research that will be able to save lives.

    • Photo: David Pyle

      David Pyle answered on 18 Mar 2011:

      Yes, I hope so, by doing three things:
      – improving understanding of hazard around volcanoes, leading to better planning (e.g. where people build houses, roads, hospitals, schools and so on) to minimise exposure to risk;
      – improving ways of forecasting when eruptions are going to happen, and what will happen during them, leading to more effective responses (evacuation, etc).
      – improving knowledge of the past history of poorly studied (or unmonitored) volcanoes, so we’ll be able to identify the most dangerous volcanoes in a region, and not just the most active.
      All of these things will take time!

    • Photo: Probash Chowdhury

      Probash Chowdhury answered on 22 Mar 2011:

      Yes definitely. The medicines made at GSK will save thousands or millions of lives. The safety testing I do on the medicines ensures that the medicines does kill or harm any people as well as the illness.