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What's coming for health science and policy in 2018? Global experts look ahead in their field

PLOS Medicine's longstanding efforts to bring research and commentary on urgent, grievous, and under-addressed health needs to an Open Access platform never felt more relevant than in 2017. At the same time, due to expansion of data sharing requirements across a wider swath of medical journals, we ended the year confident that globally important findings in health research, and the ability to further analyze these, are increasingly accessible to all.

With Open Science thriving, and valuable data on high-burden diseases accumulating, PLOS Medicine recently asked several prominent global health researchers: What unaddressed needs, and unanswered questions, must research and policy prioritize at this time? Seven experts from five continents shared their hopes, pleas and concerns for 2018. Our first Editorial of the year is a collection of these insights. Please visit for Soumya Swaminathan's expectations for translational research in tuberculosis, Graham Hillis' interpretation of changing paradigms in atherosclerosis, Zulfiqar Bhutta's view on opportunities for expanding the reach of recent gains in maternal and child health, and other expert perspectives.

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