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!
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.