biology

#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.

#292      25 min 36 sec
Prey for the oceans: How marine predators influence reef ecology

Prof Robert Warner

Marine biologist, Prof Robert Warner, discusses the relationship between marine predators and their prey. He also explains why marine environments may be more robust than terrestrial ecosystems in the face of human impacts. 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.

#290      27 min 58 sec
Refracted brilliance: How nature’s structures produce color

Prof Ullrich Steiner

Physicist Professor Ullrich Steiner explains how nature generates vibrant colors, as seen in many butterflies and beetles, through the structure of materials, and how these properties can be usefully reproduced. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#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.

#281      30 min 01 sec
Gut harmony: Why the right mix of microbes is important to our health

Prof Rob Knight

Microbial ecologist Prof Rob Knight explains why we need the millions of microbes that make a home in and on our bodies. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#280      28 min 56 sec
Deferring dementia: Research efforts to keep Alzheimer’s at bay

Prof Colin Masters

Neurobiologist Prof Colin Masters explains current medical understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, and discusses ongoing research efforts towards delaying onset of this as yet incurable condition. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#273      24 min 50 sec
Life by numbers: Systems biology and its approach to researching disease

Biologist Dr Michael Inouye describes the emerging field of systems biology -- how it integrates large amounts of diverse data to take an encompassing approach to the study of life processes, and how it can be applied to the study of disease. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#272      29 min 12 sec
Pore me another: Understanding how toxins target and overcome membranes

Prof Terry Lybrand
Prof Frances Separovic

Chemistry researchers Prof Frances Separovic and Prof Terry Lybrand discuss the biology of membranes, how toxins interact with membranes, and how these processes can be modelled. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#268      35 min 02 sec
You've got male: The wide-ranging effects of testosterone

Prof Jeffrey Zajac

Endocrinologist and hormone researcher Prof Jeffrey Zajac talks about the broad and transformative effects of testosterone on the male body. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.