Join researchers from the University of Aberdeen as they discuss some of the latest research coming from the university.
Episode 1: Drug Safety Research & Communication
A number of drugs over the last 70 years have been withdrawn following the discovery of serious side-effects. Most of us will be familiar with the Thalidomide scandal, and how thousands of people continue to be affected by the birth defects caused by the drug. The effect of these scandals has been lasting and has caused many people to distrust drug development and reporting.
Professor Neil Vargesson will explore how Thalidomide was found to have caused serious side effects and how research has found that these drugs can effectively treat other diseases and conditions. He will also discuss his work investigating another drug used in early stages of pregnancy; Primodos and his efforts communicating his research with the public, government and other groups.
Episode 2: The Genetics of Alcholism & Anxiety
Why is it that some people are more susceptible to conditions such alcoholism, depression and anxiety than others?
This discussion with Dr Alasdair MacKenzie explores how switches within our genes can influence many complicated diseases, and how his research into these switches is helping our understanding of conditions such as alcoholism, anxiety, depression and heart disease.
Episode 3: Addressing Medical Challenges – The Research Process
Pre-clinical and clinical trials are an essential part of the process in developing new drugs and treatments for diseases and conditions.
This panel session, featuring researchers from the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences, will discuss the process scientists have to follow in order to introduce new drugs to and treatments to the market.
Dr Sadaf Ashraf, Research Fellow – Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory
Dr Elizabeth Hay, Research Fellow – Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory
Dr Gael Morrow, Honorary Research Fellow – Haemotology & Cardiovascular Medicine
Episode 4: Seaweed – The Marine Commodity
This year is the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters, marking the vital role our water courses play in our lives.
Did you know that seaweed is vital ingredient for a variety of products including cosmetics, soil fertilizers, wastewater treatment and much more?
Seaweeds play a vital role in the marine environment as well as in products. Join Dr Puja Kumari as she discusses the importance of seaweeds, what it can be used for, how research is finding new uses and its possible future role in contributing to carbon reduction efforts.
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