Aye Aye Lemur Sixth Digit

Guest: Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, NC State University
Topics: Recent discovery of a sixth digit “pseudothumb” in aye-aye lemurs, Adam’s other research in functional morphology and comparative anatomy in vertebrates

Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose

 

“Add ‘Pseudo Thumb’ to the Aye Aye Lemur’s Bizarre Anatomy” NY Times 10/21/19

“Gimme Six! Researchers Discover Aye-Aye’s Extra Finger” NCSU press release

Dr. Hartstone-Rose NCSU research lab

Adam’s NCSU Department of Biological Sciences faculty page

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo November 6, 2019

Air Pollution

Guest: Dr. Dan Costa, retired National Research Program Director for Air, Climate and Energy Research Program, USEPA; Adjunct Professor, Environment Sciences and Engineering, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Topics: Air pollution research, air pollution toxicology, EPA, climate change, particulate matter

Dr. Dan Costa

 

Dan’s UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty page

“Historical Highlights of Air Pollution Toxicology”

“Air Pollution Toxicology: A Brief Review of the Role of the Science in Shaping the Current Understanding of Air Pollution Health Risks”

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo October 23, 2019

Well Water Research

Guest:Dr. Andrew George, Community Engagement Coordinator, Center for Public Engagement with Science; Lecturer, Environment, Ecology & Energy Program, UNC Institute for the Environment; host of “Furious George” show on WCOM
Topics: Research on well-water contamination, environmental justice, community engagement in environmental problem-solving

Dr. Andrew George

 

Andrew’s bio page, UNC Institute for the Environment

UNC Center for Public Engagement with Science

“Over Half of Chatham Wells Show High Levels of Contaminants” Chatham News & Record, June 23, 2019

“Furious George” Andrew’s amazing and subversive radio show on WCOM FM!

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo August 28, 2019

Advances in Transplantation

Guest: Dr. Xunrong Luo, Instructor, Departments of Medicine and Pathology, Duke University School of Medicine; Director of Translation, Duke Transplant Center
Topic: Transplantation state of the science, transplantation tolerance, immunosuppression, non-chimeric approach, new technologies in transplantation

 

Dr. Xunrong Luo

 

Xunrong Luo Duke faculty page

“Transplantation Tolerance through Hematopoietic Chimerism: Progress and Challenges for Clinical Translation” article from Frontiers in Immunology

“Emerging approaches and technologies in transplantation: the potential game changers” article from Nature Cellular and Molecular Immunology

“The outstanding questions in transplantation: It’s about time” article from American Journal of Transplantation

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo August 21, 2019

E-cigarettes and vaping

Guest: Dr. Ilona Jaspers, Professor, Departments of Environmental Science and Engineering; Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Curriculum in Toxicology; Deputy Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill
Topics: Vaping and E-cigarettes health effects research, cinnamaldehyde (e-cigarette flavoring additive), translational studies related to air pollution health effects, cigarette smoking, nicotine addiction, burn pit smoke exposure study

 

Dr. Ilona Jaspers

 

Video: “Why underestimating the health effects of vaping is a bad idea”

The Jaspers Lab

NY Times: “Cinnamon may be safe in foods, but is it safe in e-cigarettes?”

UNC School of Medicine researchers receive $9.96 million U.S. DoD grant (burn pits study)

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo July 17, 2019

Tissue regeneration

Guest: Dr. Kenneth Poss, James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology; Director, Regeneration Next Initiative, Duke University School of Medicine
Topics: Tissue regeneration, zebrafish regeneration model; heart, appendage, and spinal cord regeneration, Regeneration Next Initiative

 

Dr. Kenneth Poss

 

The Poss Lab

Regeneration Next Initiative

“Can broken hearts be mended? Ken Poss, a pioneer on heart regeneration research”

Ken’s Department of Cell Biology faculty page

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo May 22, 2019

Gene therapy for Pompe disease

Guest: Dr. Dwight Koeberl, Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; Medical Director, Pediatric Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, Duke University
Topics: Gene therapy clinical trial for Pompe disease, gene therapy history and current practice, enzyme replacement therapy, newborn screening, Actus Therapeutics

 

Dr. Dwight Koeberl

 

Dwight’s faculty page

ClinicalTrials.gov listing for Pompe gene therapy trial

Dr. Kishnani’s faculty page

Actus Therapeutics

“Gene therapy trial for Pompe disease begins” DCRI press release, February 5, 2019

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo April 24, 2019

Human energy expenditures

Guest: Dr. Herman Pontzer, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
Topics: Evolution of human metabolism, constrained energy expenditure model, physical activity and metabolism, the science of diet & exercise, cardiometabolic health in hunter-gatherers

 

Dr. Herman Pontzer

 

Herman’s Duke faculty page

“Debunking the Hunter-Gatherer Workout” NY Times article by Herman, 2012

“The Myth of Metabolism, Exercise, and Weight Loss” AARP article by Herman

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo March 6, 2019

Clinical Trial Incentives

 

Guests: Dr. Charlene Wong, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Dr. Chuck Scales, Jr., Associate Professor of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine; Co-Directors, Behavioral Research Intervention Science Center (BRISC)
Topics: BRISC, behavioral economics, clinical trial participation incentives, Dr. Wong’s health services research, Dr. Scales’s research on kidney stones

 

BRISC: Behavioral Research Intervention Science Center

Charlene’s Duke faculty page

Chuck’s Scholars@Duke page

JAMA abstract: “Return of Research Results to Study Participants: Uncharted and Untested”

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo February 13, 2019

Dr. Charlene Wong

Dr. Chuck Scales

 

Microbial communities

Guest: Dr. Manuel Kleiner, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, NC State University
Topics: Gut microbes’ diet, microbial symbioses, metaproteomics, ecophysiology, plant root microbes

 

Dr. Manuel Kleiner

 

The Kleiner Lab: Microbial symbioses, Metaproteomics, Ecophysiology

Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC)

Researchers Devise New Way to Discern What Microbes Eat

Manuel’s NCSU Plant and Microbial Biology page

Click to Download: Radio In Vivo January 16, 2019