Today, leaders of the African Union and of the European Union will gather in Brussels for their sixth summit. The hope is that it will be different to previous gatherings which were criticised for delivering nothing of substance. The promise of this one is that it will lay the foundations for a renewed relationship between the two blocs. But will it? Frank Mattheis explains that structural patterns of inequality between the two sides stand in the way of resetting the relationship.

Elsewhere, a neuroimmunologist delves into new evidence showing that – in mice, for now – there is a link between circadian disruption and Alzheimer’s disease. Could more carefully protected sleep patterns also protect us from the condition? And an infectious diseases specialist hails the arrival of ARCoV, China’s promising contribution to the mRNA COVID vaccine cohort.

Caroline Southey

Founding Editor

AU-EU summit: what stands in the way of a deeper relationship

Frank Mattheis, United Nations University

The 2022 summit between the European Union and the African Union seeks to renew the intercontinental partnership with massive investments. However, structural patterns of inequality persist.

Alzheimer’s disease linked to circadian rhythm – new research in mice

Eleftheria Kodosaki, Cardiff University

If replicated in humans, these findings could mean that targeting or boosting the circadian rhythm in Alzheimer’s patients, could help with managing the disease

African wild dogs cope with human development using skills they rely on to compete with other carnivores

Scott Creel, Montana State University

African wild dogs are used to evading hyenas and lions. Genetic research suggests they are using the same strengths to get around human development as well.