medicine

Episode 105      32 min 51 sec
Multiple Sclerosis: an Updated Look

Professor Trevor Kilpatrick

Neurologist Prof Trevor Kilpatrick unpacks the complexity of Multiple Sclerosis and outlines the latest research findings on its causes and treatment. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 99      23 min 05 sec
Click on the Kidneys: Virtual organs in your medical future

Professor Peter Harris

Prof Peter Harris discusses the process of virtual modelling of human organs, and how it will lead to enhanced understanding of disease and its treatment. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 97      26 min 50 sec
Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-NOS Explained

Prof Margot Prior AO

Developmental psychologist Prof Margot Prior describes what it means to be an individual with Asperger's Syndrome, and how Asperger's and the similar Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified fit into the broader Austism Spectrum Disorder. With host Eric van Bemmel.

Episode 95      32 min 16 sec
Personalized Medicine: Treatments Tailored to Your Unique Genetic Profile

Assoc Prof Melissa Southey
Prof Dan Roden

Assoc Prof Melissa Southey and Prof Dan Roden discuss how advances in genetics research are making it possible to develop customized medications and treatments -- in particular for cancer and cardiac arrhythmia  -- based on one's own genetic profile. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 93      24 min 03 sec
What Role Stem Cells in Leukaemia?

Dr David Curtis

Physician and researcher David Curtis outlines current understanding of the complex relationship between stem cells and cancer -- in particular leukemia.

Episode 89      28 min 20 sec
Moving and seeing again: the promise of neural interface technologies

Prof John Donoghue
Prof Robert Shepherd

Prof John Donoghue and Prof Robert Shepherd discuss the development of neural interface technologies, the product of researchers across many disciplines, that could enable the brain to interact with damaged limbs and eyes. With host Shane Huntington.

Episode 88      28 min 22 sec
Tuberculosis Resurgent

Prof Graham Brown
Dr Abuchahama Saifodine

Infectious diseases expert Prof Graham Brown gives the facts on tuberculosis (TB) and explains why the danger of "the neglected disease" is anything but diminished in the 21st century. We also speak with public health physician Dr Abuchahama Saifodine on site in Mozambique, where he is researching TB's prevalence and devastating effects. With host Jen Cook.

Episode 71      26 min 28 sec
Widows of Injecting Drug Users in North East India

Dr Michelle Kermode
Prarthna Dayal

In the conservative societies of Nagaland and Manipur, widows of injecting drug users are often HIV positive, poor and stigmatized. Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Insitute for Global Health discuss an intervention program to improve mental health of these women. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 70      36 min 28 sec
Drug Use, HIV and Harm Reduction in North East India

Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann
Dr Michelle Kermode
Prarthna Dayal

Manipur and Nagaland are two states in North East India that share a border with Burma. While these states are so remote that few foreign nationals have visited them, they are beset with high rates of HIV infection and injecting drug use. Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann, Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Institute for Global Health take us on their journey of implementing harm reduction programs in these communities. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 64      28 min 49 sec
Medical Bionics: Cochlear Implants and Beyond

Prof Robert Shepherd
Prof Anthony Burkitt

Prof Robert Shepherd and Prof Tony Burkitt explain ear function, hearing loss, and how cochlear implants have improved the lives of many people. Also, bionic interventions in other parts of the body. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.