drug use

#360      29 min 26 sec
Can't give it up: The science behind addiction and the brain

Prof Andrew Lawrence

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.

#343      29 min 55 sec
Cannabis research: The state of the science in an age of weed liberalization

Prof David Castle

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.

#265      29 min 12 sec
Brain traces: Neurobiology's emerging insights into schizophrenia and its treatment

Prof Brian Dean

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.

#259      39 min 12 sec
Sport court: Where international sports and legal systems converge

Prof James Nafziger
Hayden Opie

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.

Episode 119      24 min 23 sec
Part of the pattern: How networks explain social behavior

Professor Philippa Pattison

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.

Episode 71      26 min 28 sec
Widows of Injecting Drug Users in North East India

Dr Michelle Kermode
Prarthna Dayal

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.

Episode 70      36 min 28 sec
Drug Use, HIV and Harm Reduction in North East India

Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann
Dr Michelle Kermode
Prarthna Dayal

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.

Episode 59      32 min 05 sec
Cannabis and Your Brain

Assoc Prof Dan Lubman
Prof Iain McGregor

Researchers Assoc Prof Dan Lubman and Prof Ian McGregor discuss latest understanding of the effects of cannabis on brain and behavior.

Episode 54      18 min 37 sec
Adolescents and Mental Illness

Professor Patrick McGorry

Psychiatrist Prof Patrick McGorry discusses how evolving treatment modalities can address disturbing trends of increased mental illness in young adults and adolescents. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 15      26 min 44 sec
Crystal Meth (Ice) Use - Myths and Realities

Assoc Prof John Fitzgerald
Dr Frances Bramwell
Assoc Prof John Fitzgerald and Dr Frances Bramwell discuss the myths and realities of the use of crystal methamphetamine, also known as "ice". Presented by Sian Prior.