Exploring your brain's phenomena, one scientific adventure at a time! We are neuroscientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who created this podcast to explore with you how neuroscience influences our everyday life. Our goal is to engage our audience with topics that are relatable and informative to scientists and non-scientists alike. Visit our website neuronair.org for more information on this and future episodes!
Rewiring the Mind: The Art of Brain Regeneration and Repair (Guest: Dr. Magdalena Gotz)
In the media, any mention of stem cells is meant to offer a beacon of hope for our health as a species. These cells carry the burden of holding promise for everything from antiaging, to curing neurodegenerative diseases to treating cancer. But what is the true potential of stem cells for the more immediate future as seen by scientists today? In what fields are we closest to realizing this potential? And what are the biggest, boldest questions that are being asked? In part one of this two-part episode, we sat down with Dr. Magdalena Götz, Director of the Institute of Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Center Munich and Chair of Physiological Genomics at the Biomedical Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. Here, we cover the role of the neural stem cells that reside in our own brains, the use of exogenous stem cells in transplantation therapy, and how recent advances in genetic technologies can control cell fate, allowing us to then, potentially, control our own.
Reevaluating Parkinson’s as an Age-Related Disease (Guest: Dr. Deanna Benson)
Episode 7: Reevaluating Parkinson’s as an Age-Related Disease (Guest: Dr. Deanna Benson) Remarkable advances in science and medicine have steadily increased our life expectancy, however, aging is also correlated with neurodegenerative diseases. What makes these diseases so challenging, is that in the majority of cases, they are sporadic, with no known cause. But what if […]
Demystifying the Female Brain – From Genes to Behavior (Guest: Dr. Marija Kundakovic)
Episode 6: Demystifying the Female Brain – From Genes to Behavior (Guest: Dr. Marija Kundakovic) Our DNA expression controls nearly if not everything that we are. It informs how we look, the diseases we are susceptible to, and shapes our personality. It even sets the bar for our risk of developing anxiety and depression. Females […]
Neurobiology of Love and Loss (Guest: Dr. Zoe Donaldson)
Episode 5: Neurobiology of Love and Loss (Guest: Dr. Zoe Donaldson) Over the last few decades, distances between us around the world have been compressed through air travel and technological innovations, but the pandemic has temporarily re-expanded the Earth. As we have been tasked with forcibly isolating from one another for the benefit of humanity, […]
A Glimpse into the Neural Code: Theoretical Neuroscience
Episode 4 – A Glimpse into the Neural Code: Theoretical Neuroscience with Dr. Larry Abbott Our guest is Dr. Larry Abbott, a pioneer in the field of theoretical neuroscience and also the co-director of the Center of Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University. We enjoyed learning about theoretical neuroscience as it relates to the broader neuroscience […]
GFP: Lighting Up Life with Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Chalfie
Episode 3 – GFP: Lighting Up Life with Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Chalfie Scientists have learned a lot by looking at biological systems by imaging fixed sections of tissue, though to learn more we need to see dynamics, but how? Enter Green Fluorescent Protein, known in the scientific world as GFP. It is used by […]