Opinionated Science Episode 10: COVID-19 Vaccines: Three Leading Candidates, Assessed
In this episode, the TN team discuss three promising vaccine candidates being developed for COVID-19. We take a deep dive into the data from these vaccine trials to try and work out what successes can be celebrated and what unanswered questions still remain.
Opinionated Science Episode 8: Personalized Medicine: Cancer, Neuroscience and Genetic Data
In this episode, we discuss the potential of personalized, precision approaches to change healthcare. We hear how cancer care has been one of the first areas to take advantage of patient-specific data, the risks and rewards of increased access to genomic data and how neuroscience is beginning to explore diseases of the brain at a personal level.
Opinionated Science Episode 7: The Vagus Nerve: A Target to Treat Brain and Body?
In this episode, we review the evidence surrounding vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a therapy approved for epilepsy and depression that backers now want to use to treat a host of other conditions, include autoimmune disease and heart failure. How can scientists fill in the gaps in the VNS knowledge base?
Opinionated Science Episode 6: COVID-19: Repurposing Drugs, Hydroxychloroquine and Clinical Trials
In this episode, the Technology Networks team discuss drug treatments to combat SARS-CoV-2. These drugs, like the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, have often been repurposed for the task, and evidence for their efficacy remains patchy. Why do researchers turn to these medications and how will the field of drug development be changed by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Opinionated Science Episode 5: The Placebo Effect: Phantom Surgery, Alternative Medicine and the Big Bad Nocebo
In this episode, the Technology Networks team investigates the placebo effect. Why have placebo treatments become more effective at treating patients in the last few decades (but only in the USA) and what do powerful placebos mean for clinical trials?
Opinionated Science Episode 4: Food Fraud: Fake Wine, Poisonous Milk and Horse Lasagna
Opinionated Science Episode 3: The Microbiome: Gut-Brain Connections and “Poo Pills”
Opinionated Science Episode 2: Psychedelic Drugs: Ketamine for Depression, Party Octopuses and Stoned Dolphins
Science Aloud: Preprint Describes Human Monoclonal Antibody That Blocks SARS-CoV-2
Opinionated Science Episode 1: Genes and the Brain
In this episode, the Technology Networks team discuss neurogenomics, the interface between our genes and our brain.