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Ep. 21: Smart Textiles and Flexible Electronics with Ashish Kapoor

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Release Date: 04/28/2018

Ep 52 - Diabetes and Placental Epigenetics show art Ep 52 - Diabetes and Placental Epigenetics

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  This weeks episode combines several topics you may have heard of, but never thought about in the same context!  Diabetes and epigenetics are two well-researched topics, but not in the context of fetal development.  During pregnancy, the placenta is the highway that connects a mother and fetus, so when epigenetics act on the placenta, they could have huge effects on development of the fetus and/or the mother.   We break it down straight from a scientist in this episode with Laetitia Myeyruix from UNC's School of Global Public Health, in the Department of...

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Ep. 51 – New Cancer Therapies & Targeting Cancer Biology show art Ep. 51 – New Cancer Therapies & Targeting Cancer Biology

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Join Lebaron (Lee) Agostini and Connor Wander in our FIRST VIDEO episode! This episode is all about Cancer Biology. Lee studies experimental cancer therapies for pancreatic cancer. New cancer therapies called combination or synergystic cancer therapies use multiple drug types to shut down, corner, and eliminate cancer cells in the body. The full video version of this episode is available on Nov 5th at 7PM EST ! Head on over to our YouTube Channel and check it out there! Also streaming (audio only) on all the usual platforms. Further information Here's a recent paper from Lee and his...

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Ep.50 - Alzheimer's disease FAQ show art Ep.50 - Alzheimer's disease FAQ

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What is Alzheimer's disease? Who can get Alzheimer's, and how does the disease progress?  Maya Gostyla and Connor Wander break down the state of Alzheimer's disease treatments, risk factors, and potential breakthroughs in the field.   Related Episodes If you like this episode, we have tons of podcasts on Alzheimer's disease! You can hear more about Maya and her research story in this episode.   Further Reading about Alzheimer's disease Here's a great review from the experts on where Alzheimer's research and therapies are today. For more in-depth analysis of developments in...

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Ep. 49 - Alzheimer's disease overview with Konner Blunt show art Ep. 49 - Alzheimer's disease overview with Konner Blunt

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This week's episode is with the host of The Blunt Report podcast: Konner Blunt.  Connor and Konner talked about ALzheimer's disease, the experience of podcasting, science communication, and Jiu Jitsu among other things.    Check out The Blunt Report here: http://www.thebluntreport.com/   More about Alzheimer's disease: https://www.straightfromascientist.com/alzheimers-disease/    

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Ep. 48- Are Herbal Supplements Effective? Using Modern Science to Investigate Ancient Medicines with Tayler Catherine show art Ep. 48- Are Herbal Supplements Effective? Using Modern Science to Investigate Ancient Medicines with Tayler Catherine

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Tayler is a PhD candidate in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. Her research focuses on the pharmacology and toxicology of supposed ‘fertility-boosting’ herbal supplements on sperm cells, using flow cytometry to elucidate their effects at a cellular level. She is also a science communicator in her spare time, and posts regular pharmacology-based series online. You can find her on Instagram at @taylercatherine Link to a good general review on oxidative stress: https://www.nature.com/articles/35041687 Link to a review of herbal medicine...

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Ep. 47- Genetic Big data for Personalized Medicine with Sean Jackewicz show art Ep. 47- Genetic Big data for Personalized Medicine with Sean Jackewicz

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In this episode, we chat with Sean Jackewicz. Sean's research in the lab has focused on cancer development and cancer therapies, while his work outside of the lab focuses on the role of genomics in people's lives. Sean is currently leading the development of a clinical genotyping tool that he hopes will give health practitioners the ability to personalize treatment plans for patients like never before. Sean is also passionate about communicating the upcoming changes in genetic technology.

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Ep. 46- Stimulate Your Brain for Better Mental Health show art Ep. 46- Stimulate Your Brain for Better Mental Health

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Alzheimer's disease is a terrifying neurodegenerative disorder characterized by impaired memory, cognitive deficits, and neuronal loss. With few treatments and no cure after decades of research, scientists are starting to think outside the box for better ways to ward off Alzheimer's disease. In this episode, we discuss the links between mental health and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's, and how common strategies for better mental health have great promise for Alzheimer's disease treatment. In general, the best protective strategies for Alzheimer's disease are things that improve...

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Ep. 45: Applications and Limitations of GWAS with Dr. Liz Tunbridge show art Ep. 45: Applications and Limitations of GWAS with Dr. Liz Tunbridge

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Genome-wide association studies, or GWAS, are very helpful in telling researchers where to focus their attention. GWAS identify genes or clusters of genes associated with greater risk for diseases and disorders. But GWAS aren't a silver bullet...

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Ep. 44: Sex Differences in Alzheimer's Disease with Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton and Connor Wander show art Ep. 44: Sex Differences in Alzheimer's Disease with Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton and Connor Wander

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Women are almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease as men. However, this is NOT because they live longer. When we look into the aging brain, males and females experience different timelines. The molecular underpinnings of these sex differences could make a huge impact on our understanding of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton is spearheading research into sex differences in Alzheimer's disease.

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Ep. 43: Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease with Dr. Elizabeth Head and Connor Wander show art Ep. 43: Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease with Dr. Elizabeth Head and Connor Wander

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This week's episode features another throwback recorded in San Diego, CA, where Connor Wander attended the BrightFocus Alzheimer's Disease Fast Track conference, followed by the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. We talked with Dr. Elizabeth Head, who studies the link between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's disease with the hopes of improving lives for both patient classes. Listen to hear about this super interesting and very promising work!

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The next installment of the ComSciCon podcast blitz stars Ashish Kapoor!  We discuss flexible electronics and smart textiles.  These game-changing technologies are already showing up in stores and threaten to completely overhaul how we use and think about clothing.  Smart textiles can be used in the military, medical emergencies, or just everyday use.  We talk about other practical applications of smart textiles and flexible electronics, and chat a bit about the barriers this technology will face before widespread adoption.  Ashish is also a radio host, and is currently developing his own science podcast. Stay tuned for the link!
 
About Ashish

Ashish Kapoor received his M.Tech degree in Textile Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India in 2015 and is currently in the Ph.D. program at College of Textiles, North Carolina State University majoring in Fiber and Polymer Science along with a minor in Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on development of fiber based active sensory textiles and photoresponsive polymer based actuators for soft robotics applications. He received the NC State University’s Provost Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship for 2015-16 and DAAD RISE Professional Scholarship in 2018.

 
 
Connect with Ashish on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Read about Ashish's PhD project on Fiber based Fabric Sensors
 
More Information
 
Watch this video to see the Levi's/Google collaborative jacket that Ashish mentioned.
Learn about Ashish's three minute thesis presentation in media coverage on the State Textiles News, Technician Online, and State Graduate School News websites.
 

This episode was recorded at ComSciCon Triangle, the convention for science communicators in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.  ComSciCon-Triangle is a conference organized by graduate students, for graduate students, focused on developing science communication skills.  Special thanks to RTI international for hosting us!  Follow ComSciCon on Twitter and check out this recently-published journal article on science communication training penned by two (former and current) committee members.

 

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