Y: The Immunology Podcast Episode 2 – Transplants

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Episode 2

Name of episode: Transplants
Description: Join us as we go through a Q & A with one of the leading experts in the field of transplantation. As always your feedback is welcome. Please forgive the rain on our unwanted third speaker !

Duration: 33 minutes.

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January 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm


Y: The Immunology Podcast Episode 1 – Vaccines

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Episode 1

Name of episode: Vaccines
Description: Welcome to Y ; The Immunology Podcast brought to you by McGill University’s Departement of Microbiology and Immunology. In our very first episode we’ll discuss the humble beginnings of microbiology and the theoretical concepts behind Vaccines.

Duration: 19 minutes.

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January 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 69 – Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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We were visited by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars during her graduate studies in the 1960s. She talks to us about the still highly active field of pulsar astronomy and her varied career since their discovery. We also discuss her tireless advocacy for women in physics and astronomy.

Guest: Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Oxford University).

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 20 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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December 8, 2015 at 11:03 am


AstroMcGill Episode 68 – Chiara Mingarelli

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Chiara talks to us about how timing the rotation of pulsars can be used to detect gravitational waves–ripples in the very fabric of the cosmos.

Guest: Chiara Mingarelli (California Institute of Technology).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Chitrang Patel.

Duration: 19 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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December 8, 2015 at 11:00 am


AstroMcGill Episode 67 – Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

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Enrico talks to us about the formation of heavy elements in the Universe through processes such as neutron star mergers.

Guest: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (University of California Santa Cruz).

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Chitrang Patel.

Duration: 17 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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December 8, 2015 at 10:56 am


Important iTunes U Notice

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Please note: On September 1, 2015, Apple will discontinue iTunes U private sites. This includes McGill’s current iTunes U site. A new public McGill iTunes U site is in development and is expected to launch in the Fall of 2015. Podcasts will remain available on podcasts.mcgill.ca throughout this period.

August 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 66 – Bryan Gaensler

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Bryan talks to us about magnetic fields in the Universe (and a little bit about cows).

Guest: Bryan Gaensler (University of Toronto, Dunlap Institute).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 21 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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June 8, 2015 at 11:07 am


AstroMcGill Episode 65 – Beth Wilman

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We discussed how astronomers can studied cosmology, the formation and evolution of the Universe, by observing nearby dwarfs galaxies, instead of extremely distant galaxies at the edge of the Universe.

Guest: Beth Willman (Haverford College).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 23 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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May 14, 2015 at 10:28 am


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