Anna K. Stelling-Germani

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” – Benjamin Franklin. Anna is a passionate scientist who obtained a PhD in the field of cancer research at the University of Zürich. She is currently working as a medical writer, inspired by her belief that scientific progress is only possible through proper communication. Anna has both German and Italian roots and has already lived in several European countries. She loves to travel the world, experience new cultures, laugh, and spend time with her little family.

Anna K. Stelling-Germani

SCIENTIFIC EDITOR

Anna's articles:

Do politicians have enough political education?

There is no prerequisite for education when one aspires to become a politician. Unlike for many other jobs, politicians do not need to follow a specific career path to reach powerful positions, nor do they ever need to prove their political knowledge. The fact that, additionally, political education is not the preliminary election criteria for voters, being overshadowed by charisma, communication skills and representation in social media, might lead to the empowering of people with a lack of political knowledge.

Does the unhappiness of scientists influence the quality of research?

Mental health issues are on the rise within academia. The working conditions resulting from publishing pressure are leading to stress and bad work-life balance. Many young academics are unhappy and want to leave science as soon as they finish their PhD. These factors likely result in an overall decrease in the quality of research, which has to be halted in order to maintain a good progression of knowledge.

Giving birth: a woman’s choice between nature and medicine

The number of women giving birth without methods of pain-relief are low. Women are experiencing great fears about the pain of giving birth, making them want to exploit all medical pain relieving possibilities. A lack of trust in the body’s natural pain relieving mechanisms and an excessive supply of medical interventions is putting women in the dilemma of having to choose between modern medicine and nature.

Finding the right treatment: the many cures for cancer

Many people believe that there will be a single drug or treatment found by scientists that will cure all kinds of cancer. This is, unfortunately, a quite widespread misconception regarding cancer research. Due to the complexity of the disease, the future of cancer treatment lies in a more targeted and personalised approach. Combined knowledge about the biology of cancer and combined effort from physicians and scientists will be needed to find the best way to treat cancer in the future.

Indoor smoking: a sad Austrian story

In 2017, the newly elected Austrian government decided to reverse a previously passed law to completely ban indoor smoking in bars and restaurants. The Austrian public reacted with big protests and petitions – all without success. The motives of the Austrian politicians are very questionable and raise serious questions about their sense of responsibility towards citizens.

India’s lowest caste: the untouchables

While travelling through India I came across a social class called “untouchables”. Being the lowest possible class of India’s society, considered outside of the traditional caste system, untouchables are facing widespread problems. Even though several measures have been taken by the government since the ’50s, members of this caste still face discrimination and segregation up until today.

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