health

#323      34 min 15 sec
Infected: How HIV works at the cellular level to overwhelm the immune system

Prof Sharon Lewin

Infectious diseases expert Prof Sharon Lewin explains how the HIV virus disarms our immune system and multiplies within it. She also discusses what these discoveries mean for research efforts into future treatment. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#322      33 min 30 sec
The cost of cognition: The blessing and curse of human brain complexity

Prof Seth Grant

Neuroscientist Prof Seth Grant explains how genetics gave rise to the modern human brain, and how the very complexity that characterises our brains makes them vulnerable to neurological diseases that reveal themselves in mental illness. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#320      30 min 17 sec
Stethoscopes to spreadsheets: The rise of the physician-executive

Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson

Public governance and health care reform researcher Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson describes the benefits of getting doctors into positions of leadership in medical organisations and national health care systems. Challenges include luring candidates from the clinic to the executive suite, and providing training to doctors in managerial methods. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#317      43 min 14 sec
Molecular gaze: How discoveries in the life sciences are changing our identities and politics

Prof Nikolas Rose

Sociologist Prof. Nikolas Rose explores how scientific developments have changed conceptions of human identity and governance, and what this means for our political, socio-economic and legal futures. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#314      30 min 41 sec
Altered expression: Epigenetics and its influence on human development

Dr Marnie Blewitt

Geneticist Dr Marnie Blewitt explains how epigenetics makes us more than just our genes and how gene inactivation can be crucial to our development. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.

#312      26 min 19 sec
Screening along the spectrum: The search for a genetic test for autism

Prof Chris Pantelis
Prof Stan Skafidas

Neuropsychiatrist Prof Chris Pantelis and neural engineering researcher Prof Stan Skafidas discuss the potential for the use of genetics to improve the diagnosis of autism. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#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.