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Want to see the future of medicine? Then tap into a conference such as the New Investigator Forum run each year by Australian Society for Medical Research.

We visited last week to see what they're up to on a wide range of research areas including immunology, personalised medicine, and nuclear imaging technology.

In this podcast you'll hear
  Dr Benjamin Beobrajdic
  Dr Bahar Miraghazadeh
  Christine Lee
  Zhija Yu
  Dr Si Ming Man
  Josehine Wong
  Dr Farzarneh Kordbacheh
  Tasneem Rahman

Interviews by Rod  @FuzzyLogicSci



Single photons? It's surprising but yes, that's what this imaging technology uses. SPECT - Single Photon Emis­sion Com­puted Tomo­graphy - is a type of nuclear medicine that helps diagnose conditions such as cancer.    

Tasneem Rahman is a  postdoctoral research fellow at the UNSW is researching the use of L-SPECT which offers considerable improvements in the technology. If you've ever needed a body scan, you can thank people such as Tasneem who make this possible.

Watch her TEDx talk where she describes her interesting background and motivations.

Tasneem loves cricket. In this episode we talk about the physics of cricket and our Ask Fuzzy on the subject.

Brought to you by Madeleine and Rod.  @FuzzyLogicSci


Register for the AMSR New Investigator Forum: asmr.org.au/asmr-mrw/canberra
7th June 2018
John Curtin School of Medical Research






Regeneration, reproudction, recreation. Jill and Broderick talk about all these and more on today's show which is bound to reenlighten you!



This week on Fuzzy Logic Andy and Broderick discuss the world of insects from how it feels when they bite us, bite each other and when we bite them!


Want to peer into the depths of space? It's kinda handy if you don't have a bunch of atmosphere in the way but space telescopes are expensive. Cheaper to use a ballon.

Ryan Ridden-Harper is researching this for his PhD at the ANU.

And...why did Einstein get a paper rejected?

Brought to you by Andy and Rod.



On a windy Canberra day we grabbed a quick interview with speakers at the Canberra March for Science.

Professor Frank Bowden, Dr Emma-Kate Potter and Dr Wendy Elford.

Fuzzy Logic is an enthusiastic supporter of .  Read about the march in the Canberra Times.



Interviews by Rod    @FuzzyLogicSci


What's science ever done for us? We could be here all day answering that question, but one place to start is your breakfast.

Today we look at some of the good things science is doing, especially around our marine and coastal environments. Grab shell, dudes. Andrew Leach's qualifications include marine science as well as conversation programs to protect species such as turtles and fish.

We celebrate science leading up to the March for Science. Look out for events near you (14 April in Canberra)

#MarchForScience   @FuzzyLogicSci

With Andy & Rod



Some diseases get a lot of attention but it's easy to lose site of the big killers. Malaria has been around for at least 4,000 years and a Chinese medical document from 2700 BC describes the symptoms. The name mal-aria literally means 'bad song'.

It has proven a tough customer with its ability to sidestep the body's immune system.

Harry Sutton is researching ways to combat malaria as part of his PhD at the John Curtin School of Medical Research @JSCMR. You can read his account in our Ask Fuzzy.

Brought to you by Andy Leach and Rod.







On the surface, Toby Hendy and Tom Body are working on wildly different fields...but both are interested in walls. Or barriers.

To invade a plant cell, a pathogen has to punch its way through the cell's wall. One way they do that is by physical force. Toby studies how cells respond to something pushing on their surface. Hint: it involves needles. Very. Small. Needles.

Tom is all so studying walls - but for him the walls are a fusion reactor. How do you put the Sun in a bottle? Hint: it's tricky and a bit like an air bag. Tom is about to head off to the presitgious Max Planck institute.

So what's a day like on Fuzzy Logic? Keep an eye out for Toby's Youtube.

Brought to you by Rod @FuzzyLogicSci with Andrew Leach.


On this weeks episode, Jill and Broderick talk about the science behind all those things that typically happen in summer. Why does sunburn peel? And how can going for a jog bring down the US military? Tune in to find out more!


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