Myelopathy Matters is the official podcast of Myelopathy.org, the charity for degenerative cervical myelopathy. It aims to bring the latest on living with, managing and understanding the condition, through expert guests from around the world. The show is hosted by Ben Davies (Neurosurgeon, Scientist and Founder of Myelopathy.org) and Iwan Sadler (Person with Myelopathy and Founder of Myelopathy.org). The show is produced byCarl Homer from Cambridge TV with logo designs by Iwan Sadler.
Series 2 Episode 4 - Age & Myelopathy
"You are just getting older" - Or is it? Ben and Iwan explore the significance of age to the onset and treatment of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy, with guests Dr Jamie Wilson (University Nebraska Medical Centre) and Ben Grodzinski (University of Cambridge).
Some of the research discussed in this PodCast can be found at these links:
Grodzinski et al 2021 10.1093/ageing/afaa236
Wilson et al 2019 10.3390/jcm8101708
Wilson et al 2020 10.3390/jcm9113491
Series 2 Episode 3 - Pain & The Feeling Brain (Part 2)
Ben and Iwan continue their interview with Dr Abdul Lalkhen, a Consultant in Pain Medicine at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, turning their attention to current and future management, including the role of medical cannabis.
Series 2 Ep 2 - Pain & the Feeling Brain
Ben and Iwan are joined this month by Dr Abdul Lalkhen, a Consultant in Pain Medicine at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, to discuss how we experience pain and why it can persist long after an injury has supposedly healed.
Series 2 Ep 1 - Poverty & Myelopathy
Ben Davies is joined by Co-Founder Iwan Sadler, as they explore the potential and significant financial consequences that can arise as a result of myelopathy, with guest Shirley Widdop. Shirley is a former nurse, disabled by myelopathy and now campaigning against relative poverty. She provides a deep insight into how people can access financial support in the UK.
Festive Special - Behind the Scenes at AO Spine RECODE-DCM
Ben and Michelle close the year by speaking with Olesja Hazenbiller and Kaija Kurki-Suonio of AO Spine, who are important driving forces behind RECODE-DCM. They tell us about this important model for making progress in an area of medicine. We also hear from the project's expert in Knowledge Translation, Lisa Petermann, about the importance of this ongoing aspect of the work. Wishing everyone a great holiday period, wherever you are. Thank you for listening this year!
AO Spine Research Top 10 - No. 10 - Individualising Surgery
In this last episode, Michelle and Ben tackle the No. 10 priority, individualising surgery for DCM. The information specialist for AO Spine RECODE-DCM, Dr Lindsay Tetreault, delves into datasets that can best inform surgical decision-making and predict outcome. Then for an inspirational final note, we shine a light on an uplifting case-study from the perspectives of both the spine surgeon, Dr James Harrop, and his patient, writer Daniel Simpson, who has been blind since birth. Through exemplary respect for his patient’s wishes and needs, Dr Harrop carried out life-changing surgery for Daniel’s DCM, restoring Daniel’s ability to see the world with his hands and thereby showcasing the real-world promise of successfully individualising surgery.
Great presenters Michelle and Ben really helps well in this podcast, any one who wants a better understanding of myelopathy should check out this podcast