Einstein A Go Go – 28 June 2015

Dr Catherine, Dr Krystal and Dr Shane.


News Items: New Alzheimer’s disease and dementia tests through objectively tracking subtle changes in cognition over time. Researchers at the University of Melbourne have sequenced the genome of the Aussie blowfly. Love is Love - gay marriage, Are tri-corders real?


First Guest: Anne J Verbiscer Research Associate Professor from the Department of Astronomy at The University of Virginia. Anne is an expert of icy bodies in the outer solar system, and has been involved in all major current NASA missions, especially in Cassini and New Horizon, with one recent highlight being the discovery of Saturn’s largest ring (Verbiscer et al. 2009, Nature, 461, 1098) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v461/n7267/full/nature08515.html


Second Guest: Dr Niccola Stern from the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University, Melbourne, brings her scientific analysis of the Lake Mungo Area – which has been dry for the last 15,000 years. http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/07/13/3268249.htm


Third Guest: Dr David Ackland University of Melbourne, In an Australian-first surgical procedure, engineers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne along with the Epworth Freemasons’ Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon George Dimitroulis, have corrected a young man’s rare congenital jaw deformity, using a 3D printed jaw joint that was designed and created in Melbourne. http://www.mech.unimelb.edu.au/people/staff.php?person_ID=57084


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This week on Einstein A Go-Go, Dr Shane is joined in the studio by Dr Diani and Dr Dr Chromo.

Dr Diani begins the show discussing the 'Power of Positivity' and recent studies into Optogenetics & light sensitive proteins. The team also touch on recent interview and story on fellow RRR show 'Radio Therapy' and the 3 step approach of Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfullness.

Dr Chromo then discusses the 'Fake Faster Diet' (a diet with actual merit?) and the benefits as opposed to the more popular diets.

Dr Shane delves into the latest research into planet Venus, carried out by the Max Planck institute, more specifically from Eugene Shalygin and the Centre for Solar system research.

First Guest: Benjamin Shield (ARC Centre of excellence for environmental decisons seed) at the Australian National University. Discussing Frogs and updating the team on a usually agressive Fungus, also Frog related.

Second Guest: Ella Finkel (Editor at Cosmos Magazine) speaking to the team about recent magazine article around Electrical stimulation of the Brain.

Dr Chromo then finishes the show with a book review of 'The diet myth' (the real science behind what we eat) written by Tim Spector.


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Dr Shane, Dr Krystal, Dr Jen and Chris KP discuss controversial comments from Tim Hunt, ancient fossils, MERS disease in South Korea, microscopic robot surgery, sphincter muscle and gathering kangaroo species numbers in the north (please support the big roo count).


Guest, Kylie Smith, Speech Pathologist, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute discusses her research into anxiety of older children with stuttering.

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Dr Shane, Dr Lauren, and Dr Krystal bring you the week’s hottest science - biolimb transports & developments in regenerative medicine, a test that can measure your viral history, and Pluto’s moons’ orbits. Continuing the Space theme, Dr Shane reviews Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree.

The team speak with Mark Wakeham, CEO of Environment Victoria, about state renewable energy targets.

They also interview Dr Zerina Lokmic (Head of Vascular Anomalies Research Laboratory; Clinical Nurse Consultant – Vascular Anomalies; Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne; Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Royal Children's Hospital) about the causes of vascular anomalies such as birthmarks.

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Dr Lauren and Chris KP join Dr Shane in a packed studio this week with four guests from the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR):

Dr Brigid Lynch, Senior Research Fellow at the Cancer Epidemiology Centre provides some information about the ASMR and the advocacy that they do, and talks about the upcoming Research Week.  

Dr Phoebe Phillips via telephone is the Head of the Pancreatic Cancer Translational Research Group, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, University of NSW. Her PhD significantly contributed to the mechanism of pancreatic injury and fibrosis. Her current research has the goal of developing therapeutic strategies targeting cell types that contribute to chemo-resistance in pancreatic cancer.

Mehrdad Nikfarjam, Senior lecturer at University of Melbourne Department of Surgery is an advanced and minimally invasive liver, pancreatic and biliary surgeon at Austin health in Melbourne.  His clinical research interest focuses on techniques aimed at improving the management of patients with pancreatic cancer. He is the founder of Pancare Foundation, aimed at awareness, research, education and support (patient and family) relating to pancreatic, liver, biliary and foregut cancers.  

Dannel Yeo is a PhD candidate at Department of Surgery (Austin), University of Melbourne and a research scientist. His research is looking into a protein called p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) and studying its role, and examining its therapeutic potential in pancreatic cancer.


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Einstein A Go Go 24 May 2015

Dr Jen, Dr Diani & Dr Shane

News Items:Mutations causing skin cancer, Congratulating Ireland on marriage equality, Biomedical scientist information management “Mark to Cure” https://mark2cure.org/

First Guest: Wes Stein, CSIRO Solar Research Leader. CSIRO scientists have designed and installed a solar field in Cyprus which places the island nation at the frontier of solar energy research in Europe. http://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2015/CSIRO-solar-shines-on-Cyprus-hill

Second Guest: Kathryn North, Director, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, updates us on the $25m for the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance from the State Government http://www.melbournegenomics.org.au/

Third Guest:Daniel Gomez, Research Scientist Manufacturing Flagship CSIRO talks about novel ways to harvest solar energy for driving chemical reactions instead of generating electrical power.

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Dr Shane, Dr Krystal, Dr Chromo and Dr Lauren discuss empathy in rats, naming of new diseases, discovery of a warm blooded fish, how seasons influence human genes expression, holding your breath to reduce pain and federal budget science funding.

Dr Elisa Hill, neuroscientist from the  department of physiology at the university of Melbourne talks about how the change in microbiomes (made of a complex mix of fungi, microbes of good and bad bacteria) in our digestive system could affect symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the upcoming free event in August for families and researchers.

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On today's show Dr Shane is joined by Chris KP in the studio.

First Guest: Dr Elizabeth Vincan - Head of the the Cancer Biology lab at University of Melbourne (Anatomy and Neuroscience section) sharing insights on Bowel Cancer.

Second Guest: Laureate Professor Alan Lopez - Melbourne school of population & global health at University of Melbourne, also works withUniversity of Washington. Alan discusses the many uses of health data, health systems and policy,. specifically explaining birth, death and cause of death data. He then delves into 'Garbage coding' and the flow on effects.

Dr Shane and Chris then share news of the world which among other things include:

- NASA's announcement of a 'Journey to Mars' Challenge.

- The science of finding long lost chocolate bars

- Vaccination; More specifically Measles


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Dr Shane, Dr Ray, Dr Catherine and Chris KP talk about hyper-redundant arms, air pollution’s effect on pregnancy, additional insights into how bats navigate, and exciting imminent results from space probes.

The team talk to Dr Ted Edwards, Honorary Fellow from the CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection, about the Enigma Moth, a ‘living dinosaur’, that has recently been discovered on Kangaroo Island.

They also speak to Professor Michael Parker from St Vincent’s Institute and the University of Melbourne, about using the Australian Synchrotron to look at how antibodies act on toxic peptides that are thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.

Their final guest is Dr Sandor Kazi from Melbourne Girl’s College, about his work at CERN, and his approach to teaching secondary school physics.

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Dr Lauren, Dr Ray and Dr Jen join Dr Shane in the studio.

In news - how we measure time needs fine-tuning via atomic clocks; artificial photosynthesis; Epigenetics can identify differences in DNA for identical twins; Chinese scientists have been looked at modifying the human embryo to prevent a fatal blood disease.

Euan Ritchie joins the team to discuss the state of science in Australia, including government spending on research and development.

Vaccinations is back in the news after the Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network released a controversial (and offensive) advertisement. 

Australia has a terrible record for species that have gone extinct since Europeans arrived.

Finally, the Big Roo Count, the Pozible campaign to get Dr Jen and Euan back north to assess kangaroo species. Check out the campaign and dig deep to support their cause here www.pozible.com/project/195117.

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