9 episodes

Helping us to make sense of the many impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic through science. Why is it so hard to crush this pandemic and will we solve this complex problem? Digging through the science of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases, we look at how we got here, and what comes next. In these uncertain times, this 8-part series shares the stories of Australian scientists to help make sense of a mutating virus and to give us hope. This is a science podcast from Burnet Institute, a key adviser to government and the global response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from the nation’s leading scientific thinkers as they forensically uncover what it takes to battle a deadly disease. Hosted by journalist Tracy Parish and Professor Brendan Crabb, a microbiologist, malaria researcher, and one of the best minds in infectious diseases and global health today.

Produced by Written & Recorded.

Find all episodes of How Science Matters at
burnet.edu.au/how-science-matters

 

How Science Matters was recorded on the traditional land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations and we offer our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

Disclaimer: Series 1 of this podcast was recorded between June and July 2021. For current information on the pandemic, please search for the latest official coronavirus advice in your area.

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Helping us to make sense of the many impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic through science. Why is it so hard to crush this pandemic and will we solve this complex problem? Digging through the science of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases, we look at how we got here, and what comes next. In these uncertain times, this 8-part series shares the stories of Australian scientists to help make sense of a mutating virus and to give us hope. This is a science podcast from Burnet Institute, a key adviser to government and the global response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from the nation’s leading scientific thinkers as they forensically uncover what it takes to battle a deadly disease. Hosted by journalist Tracy Parish and Professor Brendan Crabb, a microbiologist, malaria researcher, and one of the best minds in infectious diseases and global health today.

Produced by Written & Recorded.

Find all episodes of How Science Matters at
burnet.edu.au/how-science-matters

 

How Science Matters was recorded on the traditional land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations and we offer our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

Disclaimer: Series 1 of this podcast was recorded between June and July 2021. For current information on the pandemic, please search for the latest official coronavirus advice in your area.

    Episode 8: Lost Voice – COVID's impact on eliminating malaria

    Episode 8: Lost Voice – COVID's impact on eliminating malaria

    The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to derail global efforts against killer infectious diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV, leading to more deaths. As limited health resources in parts of Africa, Asia and Papua New Guinea are channelled into controlling the coronavirus, this could set back years of progress in tackling these diseases across vulnerable communities. In this episode, you’ll meet Burnet Institute’s Deputy Director, Professor James Beeson, a malaria vaccine specialist who also works on maternal and child health. Find out how our environment shapes our immune system and why it was possible to develop multiple vaccines for COVID-19 so quickly, but the only malaria vaccine has a protection level as low as 30 per cent.  

    Get the transcript here.

    Credits: Hosted by journalist Tracy Parish and Professor Brendan Crabb, a microbiologist, malaria researcher, and one of the best minds in infectious diseases and global health today.

    Produced by Written & Recorded

    Executive Producers: Serpil Senelmis & James Brandis

    Sound Design/Engineering: James Brandis

    Production Assistance: Nick Dalziel, Burnet Institute 

    How Science Matters was recorded on the traditional land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations and we offer our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

    Disclaimer: This podcast series was recorded between June and July 2021. For current information on the pandemic, please search for the latest official coronavirus advice in your area.
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    • 37 min
    Episode 7: Modelling COVID-19 – Can we predict the future?

    Episode 7: Modelling COVID-19 – Can we predict the future?

    Episode 7: Modelling COVID-19: Can we predict the future?    

    In an island-continent like Australia, with a population of almost 26 million, how is the coronavirus likely to spread? And how can transmission be halted? In this episode, you’ll meet Burnet Institute’s Deputy Director, Professor Margaret Hellard and Dr Nick Scott, the Head of Modelling. They are part of the team behind the Victorian adaptation of the COVASIM Epidemic model, which was first developed by the Institute for Disease Modelling in the USA. Hear how modelling helps prepare our health system and governments for the likelihood of the virus spreading in the future and the risks around that. It’s what informs intervention strategies like international air travel, lockdowns, social distancing, density limits on cafés and restaurants, and homeschooling. 

     

    Get the transcript here.

     

    Credits: Hosted by journalist Tracy Parish and Professor Brendan Crabb, a microbiologist, malaria researcher, and one of the best minds in infectious diseases and global health today.

    Produced by Written & Recorded

    Executive Producers: Serpil Senelmis & James Brandis

    Sound Design/Engineering: James Brandis

    Production Assistance: Nick Dalziel, Burnet Institute 

    How Science Matters was recorded on the traditional land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations and we offer our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

    Disclaimer: This podcast series was recorded between June and July 2021. For current information on the pandemic, please search for the latest official coronavirus advice in your area.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    Episode 6: Motherhood in a time of pandemic

    Episode 6: Motherhood in a time of pandemic

    For some pregnant women in Australia, the arrival of COVID-19 ushered in an unusually strange and lonely time. Reassuring face-to-face antenatal care was replaced by remote telehealth. Many gave birth supported by midwives dressed in PPE gear. In developing countries, women were considered lucky if they managed to secure an appointment with a midwife. In this episode, you’ll meet Burnet Institute’s Professor Caroline Homer, a leading midwifery researcher and maternal and newborn health expert. She talks about the crushing emotional toll of the pandemic on expectant mothers worldwide, alongside the success stories for maternal health.

    Content warning: this episode discusses miscarriage.

    Get the transcript here.

    Credits: Hosted by journalist Tracy Parish and Professor Brendan Crabb, a microbiologist, malaria researcher, and one of the best minds in infectious diseases and global health today.

    Produced by Written & Recorded

    Executive Producers: Serpil Senelmis & James Brandis

    Sound Design/Engineering: James Brandis

    Production Assistance: Nick Dalziel, Burnet Institute 

    How Science Matters was recorded on the traditional land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations and we offer our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

    Disclaimer: This podcast series was recorded between June and July 2021. For current information on the pandemic, please search for the latest official coronavirus advice in your area.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    Episode 5: Is COVID-normal really possible?

    Episode 5: Is COVID-normal really possible?

    Asking people to behave differently to how they would normally, is complicated. In a country like Australia, with over 270 different ancestries and a quarter of the population born in non-English speaking countries, it’s even more complex. Why then do we blame people for not following the public health restrictions when effective, targeted communication campaigns have been missing? In this episode, Burnet Institute Deputy Director, Professor Margaret Hellard explains how you can influence communities to embrace COVID-safe actions – and avoid stigma.

    Get the transcript here.

    Credits: Hosted by journalist Tracy Parish and Professor Brendan Crabb, a microbiologist, malaria researcher, and one of the best minds in infectious diseases and global health today.

    Produced by Written & Recorded

    Executive Producers: Serpil Senelmis & James Brandis

    Sound Design/Engineering: James Brandis

    Production Assistance: Nick Dalziel, Burnet Institute 

    How Science Matters was recorded on the traditional land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations and we offer our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

    Disclaimer: This podcast series was recorded between June and July 2021. For current information on the pandemic, please search for the latest official coronavirus advice in your area.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min
    Episode 4 – Everyone's an epidemiologist

    Episode 4 – Everyone's an epidemiologist

    Epidemiologists have become the new rock stars in an era of coronavirus. It’s these ‘disease detectives’ who have kept the world informed about how the virus has been spreading and how it might spread in the future. In this episode, you’ll meet Professor Mike Toole, a 40-year veteran of disease control whose face now pops up all over the world’s media. Mike is an epidemiologist at Burnet Institute and the technical advisor to the Know- C19 Knowledge Hub. He had to shelve his retirement plans in Egypt, to help solve the COVID-19 puzzle. 

    Get the full transcript here.

    Credits: Hosted by journalist Tracy Parish and Professor Brendan Crabb, a microbiologist, malaria researcher, and one of the best minds in infectious diseases and global health today.

    Produced by Written & Recorded

    Executive Producers: Serpil Senelmis & James Brandis

    Sound Design/Engineering: James Brandis

    Production Assistance: Nick Dalziel, Burnet Institute 

     

    How Science Matters was recorded on the traditional land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations and we offer our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

    Disclaimer: This podcast series was recorded between June and July 2021. For current information on the pandemic, please search for the latest official coronavirus advice in your area.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min
    Episode 3 – No one is safe until everyone is safe

    Episode 3 – No one is safe until everyone is safe

    Why can’t a wealthy country like Australia, with its world-class medical resources simply shut out COVID-19? In this episode, Burnet Institute’s Professor Leanne Robinson, Program Director for Health Security unpicks the reason we can’t just barrier ourselves off from the rest of the world. She points to glaring inequalities on our doorstep, in countries like Papua New Guinea where she has lived and worked for more than a decade, and warns that ignoring this inequity will be at our own peril.

    Get the full transcript here.

    Credits: Hosted by journalist Tracy Parish and Professor Brendan Crabb, a microbiologist, malaria researcher, and one of the best minds in infectious diseases and global health today.

    Produced by Written & Recorded

    Executive Producers: Serpil Senelmis & James Brandis

    Sound Design/Engineering: James Brandis

    Production Assistance: Nick Dalziel, Burnet Institute 

     

    How Science Matters was recorded on the traditional land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations and we offer our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.

    Disclaimer: This podcast series was recorded between June and July 2021. For current information on the pandemic, please search for the latest official coronavirus advice in your area.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Frances Albers ,

Evidence & Experience

I have loved listening to this podcast as an epidemiology student. The discussions presented here have provided professional insight into the data-driven evidence and the lived experience of COVID-19. Really valuable perspectives have been brought to the table. Thank you.

princephillip69 ,

Potential breakthrough

How much fecus do I need to digest to become immune. I’ve got some of the fragments from the treatment plant

MickfromSunbury ,

The best

Absolutely love this show. Knowledgeable hosts, important subject matter.

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