mental health

#337      27 min 49 sec
Fetal impact: Managing depression during pregnancy and beyond

Prof Jeannette Milgrom

Psychologist Jeannette Milgrom discusses mental health issues that can arise in women during pregnancy, and their effect on the developing fetus. Despite considerable research and media attention on postnatal depression (PND), we learn that the antenatal period, too, has its associated risks, and that treatment and intervention programs can have a positive impact over the entire perinatal period. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#334      28 min 10 sec
From pole to pole: New research into treating bipolar disorder

Prof Allan Young

Research psychiatrist Prof Allan Young discusses bipolar disorder, and examines leading edge research into finding new treatments for this condition. Presented by Sila Genc.

#332      22 min 07 sec
MRI: Window into the brain

Charles Malpas
Bernd Merkel

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, has revolutionized modern medicine, allowing us to see detailed structure of the human brain. PhD students Charles Malpas and Bernd Merkel discuss their research into applying MRI as a tool to investigate diseased and healthy brains to help fine tune our understanding of how the brain works. Presented by Sila Genc.

#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.

#295      33 min 32 sec
Improving the view: Positive Psychology in preventing the repeat of psychotic episodes

 Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

Clinical psychologist Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez discusses research into non-drug approaches -- such as Positive Psychology and social media -- to preventing the recurrence of psychotic episodes in young people. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#287      39 min 22 sec
Positively China: Toward a psychology of happiness in Chinese society

Prof Kaiping Peng 彭凯平教授

Social psychologist Professor Kaiping Peng (彭凯平教授) examines the role of psychology in a China confronted with tremendous economic and social change. Prof Peng also discusses how the positive psychology movement fits into Chinese cultural and social structures to contribute to mental health and well being. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#286      31 min 37 sec
Moment’s notice: Enhancing well-being through the practice of mindfulness

Prof Felicia Huppert

Mindfulness researcher Professor Felicia Huppert talks about how evidence-based mindfulness practices can increase well-being in individuals and organisations. 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.

#269      45 min 40 sec
Making nice: Julian Savulescu and the case for moral bioenhancement

Prof Julian Savulescu

Philosopher and bioethicist Julian Savulescu joins host Peter Mares for a conversation on the potential for moral bioenhancement through direct brain stimulation, pharmacology or genetics, and the ethical implications of such interventions.

#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.