Behavioral neuroscientist Prof Andrew Lawrence joins host Dr Andi Horvath to discuss addictive and compulsive behaviors around drug and alcohol use, the power of psychological dependence, and how the brains of addicts differ from those of the rest of us.
Psychiatrist and clinical researcher Prof David Castle discusses how cannabis represents both a public health risk and a wide-ranging therapeutic opportunity, as the once “evil weed” gains greater legal acceptance for recreational and medical use. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
Molecular biologist Prof Brian Dean talks about how both post-mortem and live imaging investigations of brain biology are helping to identify new treatment targets for the multifaceted condition of schizophrenia. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.
Legal experts James Nafziger and Hayden Opie describe the growing role of law in professional sports, and how varying legal systems worldwide grapple with issues of sports dispute resolution, commercialization, corruption, and athletes’ rights. Presented by Peter Mares.
Psychologist Professor Pip Pattison explains how network theory can be used to explain and predict social behavior, and how it can be applied in areas such as defence and the management of epidemics. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.
In the conservative societies of Nagaland and Manipur, widows of injecting drug users are often HIV positive, poor and stigmatized. Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Insitute for Global Health discuss an intervention program to improve mental health of these women. With host Jennifer Cook.
Manipur and Nagaland are two states in North East India that share a border with Burma. While these states are so remote that few foreign nationals have visited them, they are beset with high rates of HIV infection and injecting drug use. Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann, Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Institute for Global Health take us on their journey of implementing harm reduction programs in these communities. With host Jennifer Cook.