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Pump it up: Exercise, your muscles, and type 2 diabetes

By Shane Huntington

Cell biologist and sports physiologist Prof Mark Febbraio discusses research that uncovers the relationship amongst exercise, muscular activity, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Joint resolution: Interrogating muscle and bone for better surgical outcomes

By Shane Huntington

Biomedical engineer Marcus Pandy and orthopaedic surgeon Peter Choong discuss how modern imaging technology is shedding light on human locomotion, particularly in knees and other joints. They also explain how this new found knowledge is used to improve surgical outcomes for patients.

Tailings tidy up: How bioremediation can repair the damage done by mining

By Dr Shane Huntington

Biogeochemist Dr John Moreau and botanist Dr Augustine Doronila discuss how contaminated mining sites can be rehabilitated with the help of a biological approach using plants and bacteria.

Toxic titbits? The effects of nanoparticles on our health

By Dyani Lewis

Bio-nanoscience investigator Prof Kenneth Dawson discusses current research into nanoparticles and their potential effects on our health.

Sexing the wallaby: Marsupial reproduction and what it says about us

By Dyani Lewis

Biologist Prof Geoff Shaw discusses research into the reproductive cycle of Australia’s Tammar Wallaby, how it contributes to our understanding of developmental biology, and the insights it provides into sex determination in humans.

Not just the King's speech: Stuttering and its causes

By Dyani Lewis

Speech pathology researcher Prof Nan Bernstein Ratner discusses the condition of stuttering, how research into stuttering informs models of language acquisition, and possible therapies for the condition.

Ageing's all the rage: The science behind growing old

By Shane Huntington

In a wide ranging discussion on ageing, Professor Dame Linda Partridge delves into the research findings on longevity in humans and animals, and ponders evolutionary perspectives on the ageing process. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

Stem Cell Therapy: The Hope and the Hype

By Shane Huntington

Pioneering stem cell researcher Prof Martin Pera discusses where stem cell research has been and where it’s going, the therapeutic potential of stem cell technologies, and what we should and shouldn’t expect from this fast-developing research field. With host Dr Shane Huntington.

SHANE HUNTINGTON

Particles of doubt: What if it wasn't the Higgs boson?

By Dr Shane Huntington

Physicists Dr Serguei Ganjour and Dr Martin White delve into the details around the "likely" discovery of the Higgs boson and discuss the uncertainties that still surround the newly observed particle. They ask what it means for our understanding of the universe and of physics if it turns out not to be the Higgs.

VOICEOVER
Welcome to Up Close, the research talk show from University of Melbourne, Australia.

SHANE HUNTINGTON