Flashback episode with Dr Heather Hendrickson

Our next flashback episode goes all the way back to Episode 11 where we chatted with Dr Heather Hendrickson about the battle against anti-biotic resistant bacteria. Dr Hendrickson is a research scientist and science communicator from Massey University in New Zealand. Her research group is at the front line of understanding how other forms of treatment can be used as alternatives to broad spectrum antibiotics. … Continue reading Flashback episode with Dr Heather Hendrickson

Ep 94. Painkillers, opioids and addiction with Adam Hamlin

Dr Adam Hamlin is a neuroscientist at the University of New England who studies how drugs, such as painkillers, affect brain neurochemistry. These chemicals can have wonderful affects and are miracles of modern medicine, however if used improperly can lead to dependencies and addictions. In this interview with Dr Hamlin we talk about how these painkillers work and what make them such effective and potentially … Continue reading Ep 94. Painkillers, opioids and addiction with Adam Hamlin

Ep 93. Cannabis, legalisation and pill testing with Samuel Banister

The cannabis plant is useful for everything from textiles to medicine, however our ability to use these plants has been hampered by its association with illegal drugs. People are beginning to make very big claims about the use of cannabinoids to treat almost every ailment under the sun, however the evidence still just isn’t there. Samuel Banister is a medicinal chemist at the Lambert Initiative … Continue reading Ep 93. Cannabis, legalisation and pill testing with Samuel Banister

Ep 83. Life Vs Science 2019

In Situ Science returned to the Django Bar to celebrate National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival. This year we we’re joined by Cameron Webb (USyd and NSW Health), Katherina Petrou (UTS), Fonti Kar (UNSW) and Samuel Bannister (USyd) who shared stories about everything from studying marine algae in Antarctic sea ice to fishing for komodo dragons with giant genetically engineered mosquitos. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/r4vy6z/Life_Vs_Science_2019.mp3 We … Continue reading Ep 83. Life Vs Science 2019

Ep 70. Coeliac disease and carnivorous plants with Richard Charlesworth

Is gluten actually bad for you? Is all the hype surrounding gluten free diets justified? According to Dr Richard Charlesworth, its complicated. People’s responses to gluten can range from severe coeliac disease, through to a whole spectrum of intolerance syndromes, to not reacting to it at all. And diagnosing which of these conditions people are susceptible to is a complex challenge. In an interview with … Continue reading Ep 70. Coeliac disease and carnivorous plants with Richard Charlesworth

Ep 59. Stem cells, scicom and fatty tubes with Naomi Koh Belic

The potential for using stem cells in medical treatments is really only just being explored. Despite this there are already unsubstantiated claims being shared and predatory cosmetic stem cell treatments on the market. Naomi Koh Belic is a PhD researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney who studies the biology of human stem cells and how they differentiate into other cell types. In an interview … Continue reading Ep 59. Stem cells, scicom and fatty tubes with Naomi Koh Belic

Ep 57. Medical foot-soldiers and shiny bugs with Scott Fabricant

Boffins, tinkerers, deep-thinkers, these are terms people often use to describe the stereotypical scientist, sitting away in the lab slowly piecing together facts and data. And for a lot of scientists this is true, but not all scientists are the same, and for some this long-game of piecing together complex puzzles simply isn’t satisfying. So what type of science do these people do? Scott Fabricant … Continue reading Ep 57. Medical foot-soldiers and shiny bugs with Scott Fabricant