In science news, we explore how a Locked In Syndrome patient (ALS) communicating via brainwave, requested beer! And in celebration of the upcoming Day of Immunology, we have two immunity physician guests. First guest is Associate Professor Jason Trubiano, Head of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, currently the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship and Drug and Antibiotic Allergy Services - the first and only Centre of its kind in Australia. Jason explains how understanding whether penicillin allergies diagnosed in childhood are still clinically present during adulthood – he aims to understand how immune cells contribute to these allergic reactions. Then we speak with Dr Kirsten Fairfax, from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania. Kirsten explores the mechanisms that underpin the way cells are generated to make up blood. Recently, Kirsten used high-dimensional and advanced technologies to identify key genes that control how immune cells behave, including why some are more prone to autoimmune disorders. With presenters Dr. Shane, Dr. Laura, and Dr. Ailie.
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Listen to Dr Shane's 'Chat with a Nobel Laureate' at a University of Melbourne-Comprehensive Cancer PhD Program event.
Dr Shane chats with Psychologist Emma-Rose Parsons from Spectrum House about teacher and school staff mental health as we approach the start of the school year and a return to face-to-face learning.
The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.