biology

#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.

#264      28 min 31 sec
Hormones in a hurry: Uneasy passages through puberty and adolescence

Prof George Patton

Psychiatrist and adolescent health specialist, Prof George Patton, discusses why puberty -- especially early puberty -- and adolescence can be so tough, but how most of us survive the journey. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#263      33 min 15 sec
Sequencing seizures: Discovering new genetic mutations behind epilepsy

Prof Sam Berkovic
Prof David Goldstein

Neurologist Prof Sam Berkovic and molecular geneticist Prof David Goldstein describe their work uncovering chance mutations that cause childhood epilepsy. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#261      29 min 25 sec
Spin doctors: Identifying and treating human balance disorders

Dr David Szmulewicz

Neurologist Dr David Szmulewicz describes the human balance system, and what’s going on in our brains and ears when we experience vertigo. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#255      28 min 54 sec
Pregnancy 2.0: The lingering effects of modern reproduction

Dr Mark Green

Reproductive biologist Dr Mark Green discusses early embryo development and how a range of environmental factors such as  IVF, nutrition and chemicals can have lasting effects on health of the organism. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#254      33 min 22 sec
Vanquishing the vectors: Enlisting bacteria to fight mosquito-borne disease

Prof Ary Hoffmann

Geneticist Professor Ary Hoffmann explains the use of mosquito-infecting bacteria for the control of Dengue fever. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#242      30 min 03 sec
Peak performance: Should elite athletes train at high altitudes?

Prof Jerome Dempsey

Exercise physiologist Prof Jerome Dempsey discusses how the human body responds to lower oxygen concentrations at high altitudes and whether elite athletes really benefit from training under such conditions. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#234      27 min 26 sec
It's alimentary: The brain, the gut's nervous system, and links to autism

Dr Elisa Hill
Dr Kent Williams

Neuroscientist Dr Elisa Hill and Gastroenterologist Dr Kent Williams discuss the complex interactions between our brain and neurons found in the gut, and consider the over-representation of gastrointestinal disorders in children with autism. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#228      24 min 06 sec
Show us your mutations: Curating genetic variation in human populations

Prof Richard Cotton

Geneticist Prof Richard Cotton discusses the Human Variome Project, a global initiative to collect and curate all human genetic variation affecting human health.

#223      31 min 50 sec
Mild to severe: What's behind the rise in food allergies in children?

Prof Katie Allen

Childhood allergy expert Prof Katie Allen discusses the emerging epidemic of food allergies in children and its causes. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.