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#210      30 min 55 sec
Not just the King's speech: Stuttering and its causes

Prof. Nan Bernstein Ratner

Speech pathology researcher Prof Nan Bernstein Ratner discusses the condition of stuttering, how research into stuttering informs models of language acquisition, and possible therapies for the condition. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#209      32 min 45 sec
Ageing's all the rage: The science behind growing old

Prof. Dame Linda Partridge

In a wide ranging discussion on ageing, Professor Dame Linda Partridge delves into the research findings on longevity in humans and animals, and ponders evolutionary perspectives on the ageing process. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#208      28 min 32 sec
Stem cell therapy: The hope and the hype

Prof. Martin Pera

Pioneering stem cell researcher Prof Martin Pera discusses where stem cell research has been and where it’s going, the therapeutic potential of stem cell technologies, and what we should and shouldn’t expect from this fast-developing research field. With host Dr Shane Huntington.

#206      26 min 50 sec
Bionic eyes: Emerging technologies in the battle to restore vision

Dr Lauren Ayton

Optometrist Dr Lauren Ayton discusses the biology of vision, and how we’re trying to combat blindness through the development of bionic eyes. Lauren also discusses the research and development pathways that must be traversed before these devices become widely available. With science host Shane Huntington.

#197      30 min 12 sec
Predicting and preventing epileptic seizures with neural implants

Prof. Mark Cook
Assoc. Prof. David Grayden

Prof Mark Cook and Assoc Prof David Grayden discuss new lines of research in neural implants and the associated computational models that allow epilepsy patients to be forewarned of impending seizures. They also discuss nascent technologies that may prevent seizures from occurring. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#192      24 min 22 sec
Diagnostics overkill: Are we screening for cancer too frequently?

Prof. James Hanley

Epidemiologist Professor James Hanley scrutinizes the now standard practice of frequent screening for many types of cancer, and suggests optimal testing intervals may mean less screening overall. Presented by science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#190      27 min 26 sec
Germline confidential: Hunting down genes linked to breast cancer

Prof Melissa Southey
Prof David Goldgar

Genetics researchers Prof Melissa Southey and Prof David Goldgar discuss the enterprise of tracking down genes that make one susceptible to breast cancer. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#184      26 min 46 sec
Double the value: How researching twins benefits everyone

Prof John Hopper

Epidemiologist Prof John Hopper explains the unique advantages of medical research focusing on twins, and how findings from twins studies enormously benefit the rest of humanity. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 176      23 min 04 sec
Conditions of affluence and aging: fatty liver disease, macular degeneration

 Dr Chris Leung
Dr Madeleine Adams

Physicians and doctoral students Dr Chris Leung and Dr Madeleine Adams discuss their research into unravelling the causative factors behind fatty liver disease and macular degeneration, respectively. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

Episode 175      20 min 21 sec
Healthy moves: Exercise for cancer patients, and insights into arthritis

Catherine Granger
Tommy Liu

Physiotherapist Catherine Granger talks about whether exercise is beneficial to lung cancer sufferers, and Tommy Liu explains how mice are generating insights into arthritis in humans. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.