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21 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Emma Norris
Dr Emma Norris @EJ_Norris at Brunel University discusses her research on making sense of behaviour change interventions using Artificial Intelligence. She is a Researcher @UCL on the Human Behaviour-Change Project https://www.humanbehaviourchange.org/
31 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Victoria Garfield
Dr Victoria Garfield is a genetic epidemiologist working at University College London (UCL), she talks to us about her research and how she uses large scale genomic and population health data to investigate complex disease relationships
13 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Hannah Taylor
PhD student Hannah Taylor gives us some insight into her research at UCL focused on the hearts of young people and how they develop into adulthood.
21 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Sam Searle
Geriatrician Dr Sam Searle explains his current research about patients with multiple conditions who end up in hospital and how this should affect their treatment.
18 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Chloe Park
Dr Chloe Park is a physiologist carrying out research on the mechanisms of the cardiovascular system with an additional study on the ethnic differences in heart disease.
19 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Nathan Woodling
Nathan Woodling tells us about his work on understanding Alzheimers and the discoveries around glial cells (the non-neuronal cells of the nervous system) rather than neuron cells that change the most as we age. His team are going through a list of hundreds of genes aiming to pinpoint the exact genes that change and cause Alzheimers.
67 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Andrew Morley
Dr Andrew Morley shares with Em and Pixie his research into a critical history of anaesthesia, where he’s looking at previous and current incidents, how they were dealt with and what was learnt or changed. Andy’s primary source of research is an incident book discovered at Guys Hospital and he has been interviewing the staff involved with the events recorded in there between 1955 and 1974.
30 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Prof Chloe Marshall
Prof Chloe Marshall, Prof of Psychology, Language and Education at UCL talks about her research into how children learn language and how to read and write. Her work is around those who are learning in challenging circumstances. Chloe has a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of East Anglia, and a MA in Linguistics and PhD in Human Communication Science from University College London. Her first career was as a Montessori nursery teacher and teacher-trainer, where she became fascinated by young children's language and early literacy development, and by how language and literacy set the foundation for academic learning.
60 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Professor John Ward
John Ward, Professor of Synthetic Biology for Bioprocessing at UCL speaks to Pixie and Em about his work using and experimenting with enzymes to make very specific changes in small molecules, doing with biology what organic chemists do with chemistry, but making much less waste and shortening the number of steps for each change process. Professor Ward explains how he and others at UCL will be applying their expertise to experiment with enzymes that may mitigate the problems of plastic and plastic waste. They hope to find bacteria and enzymes that can start to degrade and chop up, very specifically, certain kinds of plastics. The research also includes a citizen science project looking at composting to see how ‘biodegradeable’ and compostable plastics break down in different environments. 6 months after binning a plastic knife in there, is it recognisable?
42 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Prof Alan Penn
Professor Alan Penn of UCL takes us through a brief history of his research in Architecture and Urban Computing, from looking at the pitfalls of post war social housing, and its effect on social breakdown in London, to new research questions about the effects of digital space on real world spaces and communities. We also hear about his new role as Chief Scientific Advisor at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the first appointment for this role for 7-8 years and one of vital importance in the wake of Grenfell; a tragic wake-up call to government, proving the need to marshall evidence for better regulation and guidance on the way we construct our buildings to create healthy and safe spaces that are also productive and sustainable.
37 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Matthew Winning
Dr Matthew Winning Research Associate UCL Energy Institute, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. Dr Winning is an environmental economist and his research is looking at how you can apply economics to make the planet better! Listen to Dr Winning discuss his research. What impact changes will have on the planet and people. He is also a stand up comedian and he has an upcoming tour starting in London, 21-23 Feb 2020. Matthew's main research focus is on the macroeconomic impacts of environmental policies. His research interests include climate change policy, circular economy, green growth, low carbon transitions, and macroeconomic modelling. He has published on the economics of the Paris Agreement, improved global economic modelling of the role of scrap steel in the circular economy, the role of negative emissions technologies in achieving deep decarbonisation towards 1.5oC, and the links between energy system and macroeconomic models.
21 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Sudax Murdan
Sudax Murdan Associate Professor of Pharmacy, carries out innovative research into how we can better and more conveniently administer vaccines and medicines. In this episode she discusses her ideas for vaccine designs that would protect new babies from the common Strep-B infection as they are born, specifically relevant in remote regions where the normal westernised medical procedure of giving antibiotics to the mother during birth, cannot happen, usually because no medical professional is present. Instead she hopes to design an effective oral vaccine that can be taken by the mother alone. We also hear about the apparently neglected field of research in fungal nail infections. Dr Murdan has laid the ground in her research to develop new methods for medicines to be administered to treat fungal nail infections, for example, through commonly used products like nail varnish, lacquers and UV gels.
56 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Prof Andrew Hayward and Dr Al Story
In this episode we hear about research, past and present, of Professor Andrew Hayward and Dr Al Story, who've spent much of their careers looking into the pathways of a disease, often perceived to be a one of migration and, at least in the UK, a disease of the past. In fact, London is leading in Europe with a disease that is really one of poverty and exclusion, and much of it is home grown. Here they discuss some of their findings; the link of TB prevalence to crack cocaine use, to poverty, access and availability of services - the social determinants of TB. And they talk about the development and purpose of their Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health; a research centre based on a long history, initially focusing on infectious diseases and how we control them in socially excluded groups, then looking into the broader health needs of these excluded groups with complex needs and circumstances. Listen to hear how the evidence they're generating is allowing for NHS 'Find and Treat' services to go into hostels, day treatment centres and prisons, taking diagnostics, to where the cases are and finding treatment plans that work for the individual.
31 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Professor Nora Groce
The hidden 1 billion. Despite being 15% of the world’s population; where one in every four households in the world has a person with a significant enough disability for it to make a difference to their everyday life, people with disabilities often remain marginalised, invisible, and the last in line when it comes to international development or global health or human rights efforts. But things are changing - with some help from Professor Nora Groce and colleagues at the Disability Research Centre at UCL. In this episode we hear about efforts to include disability in the Sustainable Development Goals, and about Nora’s part in the development of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The question is; ‘what is the everyday experience for people living with a disability in their local environment? And what could be achieved if instead of expecting people with a disability to adapt to the world as it is, we considered how we can adapt the things we do, to be inclusive for people with disabilities?’
23 minutes | Jul 16, 2019
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Chris Smith
In this concise and intriguing podcast, we’re introduced to emerging technologies in biomedical research that offer alternative methods, and which promote the 3Rs of animal testing: Replace, Reduce, Refine. Recent Post Grad Dr Chris Smith talks about his experiments in 3D Organotypic Modelling (manufacturing human tissue) – of both skin and gum tissue, testing their differences in wound healing. We learn about what his findings could mean for improving surgery and other wound recovery times, and hear about other technological developments, such as the Organ-on-a-chip that ‘looks like the future’ of biomedical experimentation.
40 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Yogini Jani
What do you see when you think of a Pharmacist? A high street dispensary, perhaps? In this episode Dr Yogini Jani, Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow and consultant Pharmacist at University College Hospitals London, shows us another side to Pharmacy and discusses her research that explores complex factors that influence behaviours and decisions around dispensing our precious, essential and life saving medicines; penicillin antibiotics.
31 minutes | Jun 18, 2019
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Darren Sharpe
NHS services are not just about treating sickness, they’re about preventing and mitigating ill health too. In this episode Dr Darren Sharpe tells us about the pilot interventions he and his team are evaluating in London. The interventions aim to reduce strain on GP practice services and better support patients, particularly those with multiple medical or non-medical needs and problems which may impact on each other, aka ‘complex needs’. Listen in to learn more about the pilot’s integration of ‘Social Prescribing’, and to hear of administrative innovations, such as the ‘digital front doors’, being put in place to save time and money for the NHS, whilst also keeping patient needs at the forefront of service.
44 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Kath Woolf
If you’re thinking about applying to medical school in the UK, but don’t know where to start looking, then this could be the podcast for you. In it Dr Kath Woolf tell us about her ongoing research, looking at who in society becomes a Doctor and who doesn’t - and why. She investigates how different medical schools prepare trainees for work in the NHS, and how that affects the type of Doctor they later become. She finds that people from underrepresented backgrounds, for example, those without family backgrounds in medicine, or with no family history in higher education at all, will receive less good information about the right choices to make when applying. Good information is crucial to maximise the opportunity of getting a place at a school that works best for their career aspirations. At a time when medical schools have a remit and a responsibility to broaden out interest to less represented groups, and to increase diversity and representation, this is important stuff.
44 minutes | May 22, 2019
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Ilan Kelman
How can individual efforts in our everyday lives mitigate disaster risk for the collective? And what major structural barriers obstruct the facilitation of disaster prevention at a grander scale? In this episode Dr Ilan Kelman talks through some examples and introduces us to his unique research; where diplomacy bridges disaster-risk reduction, global health and climate change. We learn, amongst other things, why llan and colleagues believe the phrase ‘natural disaster’ should be phased out and replaced with ‘human disaster’. And we get to understand the roots - or ‘baselines’ of disaster and health; vulnerability, human values, societal structures - which may force individuals into constrained options. We also hear of unintended success stories in disaster prevention, where First Aid training for teenagers led not only to lives saved in the streets, but also to increased litter picking and overall safer, cleaner streets – mitigating the increased risk of major flooding as a consequence of changing climate.
29 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
Anti-Waffle Podcast with Dr Jo Santini UCL
Dr Joanne Santini is a Reader in Microbiology at UCL. Listen to Dr Santini discuss her fascinating research in detecting arsenic in drinking water in Bangladesh, her passion for microorganisms, how she uses art to demonstrate her work and how she got to be a reader at UCL.
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