AstroMcGill Episode 64 – Jason Wright

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We talked about exoplanets, detecting exoplanets through measurements of radial velocities, and what we can look forward to from this field in the near future. The two websites mentioned during the podcast are exoplanets.org and the Habitable Zone Planet Finder.

Guest: Jason Wright

Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Erik Madsen

Duration: 40 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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March 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm


Cutting Edge 2015: Development of Personalized Treatments for Chronic Pain – Luda Diatchenko

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Approximately 20 per cent of Canadians suffer from chronic pain, making it not only the number one reason that people seek health care, but also the number one concern of patients with long-term illnesses.  Chronic pain drains more than $10-billion annually in lost productivity and health-care services from the Canadian economy, which is more than the cost of heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Moreover, there is a personal toll associated with chronic pain that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Patients living with this condition face challenges such as social isolation, increased risk of suicide, and greater mortality rates. Chronic pain conditions are very difficult to treat and our existing treatment approaches are largely inefficient.  One of the reasons of inefficiency of current treatment approaches is heterogeneous nature of chronic pain, as people develop pain for multitude of diverse reasons and each individual has many ways to deal with a disease.  My primary objective is to better understand the genetic mechanisms at the roots of chronic pain as a basis for developing new pain-relief drugs and personalized pain therapy strategies. To accomplish this goal, my colleagues and I study chronic pain mechanisms and risk factors through genetic analysis of well-characterized populations of pain patients, through the mapping out the molecular mechanisms that mediate the biological, psychological, and genetic factors that contribute to the onset and persistence of chronic pain.

Guest: Luda Diatchenko (Professor, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics, Dept. Genetics, McGill University)

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February 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 63 – Kendrick Smith

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We discussed the large-scale structure of the Universe and how we can understand it from observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background emission, the relic light from the formation of the Universe.

Guest: Kendrick Smith

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Gabrielle Simard

Duration: 13 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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February 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 6 – MiniMed 2014 Episode 6 – Diagnostics at Work: From the Clinic to the Community

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Diagnosis is the first and critical step towards correct treatment. But diagnostic tests are not perfect – doctors and patients need to be aware of their limitations and strengths. We will review the scientific method for evaluating the accuracy of new tests, explore point-of-care testing, and see how modern technologies are bringing diagnostics into our homes.

Guests: Dr. Nitika Pai and Dr. Madhukar Pai

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February 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 62 – Sara Ellison

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The topic of this week’s podacst with Sara Ellison was the merging of galaxies.

Guest: Sara Ellison

Hosts: Sean Griffin and Gabrielle Simard

Duration: 19 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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February 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 5 – The Digital Revolution: Electronic Medical Records and Prescriptions

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E-health technologies are a fundamental requirement to effectively manage modern healthcare for an aging population with an increasing burden of chronic disease. It is time to transition from paper charts scattered throughout the health systems to electronic medical records and prescribing information accessible to patients and families and the care team. The change from the old ways to the new has begun.

Guest: Dr. Robyn Tamblyn

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February 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 4 – Epidemiology and Public Health: 1950 – 2014

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This talk will present landmark studies in the history of modern public health and epidemiology, and illustrate how epidemiologists work and contribute to the identification and solution of public health issues.

Guest: Dr. Jean-Francois Boivin

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February 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 3 – Are Medications Safe? The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Despite extensive testing, many people die or are hospitalized from adverse reactions to medications. Using epidemiologic approaches, scientists can evaluate the risks and benefits of drugs used by the population. We will discuss examples of the usefulness of epidemiology in evaluating medications used for various illnesses and as well introduce the new Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies, which examines the safety of medications used by Canadians.

Guests: Dr. Samy Suissa and Dr. Pierre Ernst

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February 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 2 – Older Mothers, Fewer Babies, More Interventions: The Changing Landscape of Childbirth

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Couples increasingly decide to forego children or limit their families to a single child; many women now postpone child-bearing to their 30s or 40s; and obstetricians intervene to hasten delivery by labour induction or elective caesarean. This presentation will summarize recent trends in childbirth and their effects on the health of mothers and their offspring.

Guest: Dr. Michael Kramer

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February 5, 2015 at 4:45 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 1 – Epidemiology: Unraveling Medical Mysteries

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Learn how detective work uncovers the causes of diseases such as stomach ulcers, heart disease, cervical cancer. Discover how the tools of epidemiology have led to better health and longer lives and enjoy the first in a weekly series of Mini-Medical-Detective Challenges.

Guest: Dr. James Hanley

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February 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm