December 23, 2009

How does the mutation in Huntington's Disease cause neurodegeneration?: Steve Finkbeiner

Dr. Steven Finkbeiner is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Physiology at the University of California – San Francisco and is also the Associate Director of the Gladstone Institute for Neurologic Diseases.

Here he explains some of his state-of-the-art techniques that he uses to understand the link between the mutation that causes Huntington’s disease and the deterioration of brain cells (called “neurodegeneration”). This is another example of the in-between steps on the road from scientific bench top research to a hopeful cure.

More on the Finkbeiner Lab's research

Hosted and produced by Osama Ahmed

December 09, 2009

Anti-inflammatory properties of extra virgin olive oil: Paul Breslin

Paul Breslin

Monell Chemical Senses Center
Rutgers University

Dec. 9, 2009 (Hosted by Osama Ahmed)

Dr. Paul Breslin is a Member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Rutger’s University. He is also a good friend of mine and has been my mentor for more than seven years during my time at Monell.

Here he shares with us a story about how extra virgin olive oil stings the back of the throat, and how that is connected with inflammation, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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November 25, 2009

How do hormones control sex-specific behaviors?: Nirao Shah

Dr. Nirao Shah is an assistant professor at the University of California – San Francisco.

Nirao is interested in how the brains of males and females can be so similar and yet make males and females act so differently. Here, he sits down with me to talk about his work in understanding how hormones control sex-specific behaviors. He discusses some of his recent discoveries which seem counterintuitive at first.

More on the Shah Lab's research

Hosted by Sama Ahmed

November 11, 2009

Figuring out the role of neurons in zebrafish swimming: Herwig Baier

Herwig Baier
He wants to know how brain cells (neurons) give rise to behavior. He explains to us how he is using light to turn on neurons in the zebrafish brain to understand how these cells affect the fish’s swimming.

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Producer: Sama Ahmed

October 28, 2009

Finding new ways to diagnose and treat pain: Beth Winkelstein

Dr. Beth Winkelstein is a bioengineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania. I was lucky enough to work with her on a computational pain model during my last year in college.

As evident from talking to her, she is committed to understanding and treating chronic pain. In the show’s very first episode, she discusses her search for a better way to diagnose and treat pain.

More on the Winkelstein Lab's research

Hosted by Osama Ahmed

October 27, 2009

Launch Episode: What is Carry the One Radio?

Sama Ahmed
Welcome to Carry the One Radio – a series of 10-minute chats with scientists about one question that they are working on. Your host for the program is Sama (Osama Ahmed), a neuroscience graduate student at the University of California – San Francisco. Spread the word about the show. Download the episodes – there will be one new episode every other Wednesday.

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