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#310      30 min 35 sec
Beyond the tremors: Understanding the impact of Parkinson’s disease

Prof Malcolm Horne

Neuroscientist and neurologist Prof Malcolm Horne discusses Parkinson’s disease, and examines new technological developments and the prospects they offer for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#309      26 min 55 sec
Viral diary: The global rise and near demise of polio

Prof Vincent Racaniello

Virologist Prof Vincent Racaniello discusses how poliovirus causes paralysis, and how close we are to eradicating the disease. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.

#306      24 min 10 sec
Organs on a chip: How 3D models of living tissue are changing biomedical research

Prof Donald Ingber

Bioengineer Prof Donald Ingber discusses how three-dimensional models of living human organs can advance our understanding of human physiology in ways that animal models can’t. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#299      25 min 25 sec
Linking childhood diarrhea and the onset of type I diabetes

Assoc Prof Barbara Coulson

Virologist Associate Professor Barbara Coulson explains how a common childhood infection could hasten the onset of type 1 diabetes. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#296      27 min 16 sec
Cardiac quest: Insights from simulating the heart’s geometry and function

Prof Edmund Crampin

Computational biologist Prof Edmund Crampin examines the challenges of creating a computational model of the human heart, and discusses what scientists have learned about the actual organ from this enterprise. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#295      33 min 32 sec
Improving the view: Positive Psychology in preventing the repeat of psychotic episodes

 Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

Clinical psychologist Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez discusses research into non-drug approaches -- such as Positive Psychology and social media -- to preventing the recurrence of psychotic episodes in young people. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#291      26 min 08 sec
Brains at risk: The curious link between strokes and Alzheimer’s disease

Prof Vladimir Hachinski

World authority on strokes and post-stroke care Prof Vladimir Hachinski discusses how strokes can amplify the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and vice versa, and how lifestyle factors can be protective against both. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#289      37 min 07 sec
Fur and against: Scrutinizing the efficacy of animal testing and its alternatives

Prof Thomas Hartung

Toxicologist and pharmacologist Prof Thomas Hartung explains why animal testing is often unnecessary or of questionable efficacy. He discusses the emerging protocols and technologies that enable development of safe products without the need to conduct animal testing. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#288      40 min 03 sec
The data cure: The changing science of biology and its impact on your health care

Prof Keith Yamamoto

Molecular biologist and science policy leader Professor Keith Yamamoto discusses the current revolution in biological sciences and the emerging field of precision medicine. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#286      31 min 37 sec
Moment’s notice: Enhancing well-being through the practice of mindfulness

Prof Felicia Huppert

Mindfulness researcher Professor Felicia Huppert talks about how evidence-based mindfulness practices can increase well-being in individuals and organisations. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.