Episode #179: Small but Mighty Microglia

Host Yimin and Roger talk to Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate Matthew Maksoud about an often overlooked cell in the brain - microglia. These small but mighty immune cells may hold the key to a host of neurological disorders. To learn more about Matthew's research, you can contact him at mmaksoud@uwo.ca


Episode #178: A Private View of Public Administration

Elmond Bandauko speaks with Viki Tellios and Nicholas Handfield-Jones about the current state of public administration efforts in Canada, with unique insights regarding municipal policies, particularly in London, Ontario.  



Episode #177: A Serious Stink

Roger Hudson and Viki Tellios learn about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from John Ciancio. John studies the seasonal variations in stress tolerance of this invasive species and agricultural pest.



Episode #176: Hockey Night in Canada

Hosts Nick Handfield-Jones and Roger Hudson interview Bipin Dhillon from the Masters in Public Administration program about his research on the benefits of arenas and sports teams for the revitalization of city spaces and the creation of civic identity.Bipon_Dhillon.jpg


Special Episode: Medicine, Then vs Now with Dr. Bocking

In this Special Episode of GradCast, guests Dr. Douglas Bocking and Matthew Lund speak with hosts Roger Hudson and Viki Tellios about medical school education in Canada. Comparisons between today's medical school curriculum relative to the accelerated curriculum implemented during World War II are discussed. Dr. Douglas Bocking is a former Dean of Medicine and former Vice President of the Health Sciences Department at Western University, and a member of the Order of Canada. Matthew Lund is a current medical student attending Western and current President of the Osler Society for Medical Students at the university. 



Episode #175: Getting pregnant mothers to train in Spain

GradCast team member Taniya Nagpal recently returned from a trip to the Technical University of Madrid in Spain, were she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Ruben Barakat on two projects involving exercise and pregnancy. On the show today, Ariel and Yimin find out about how exercise might be key in preventing and treating diabetes and depression in expecting mothers. Exercise and pregnancy lab website



Episode #174: Keeping fit and having fun into old age

You may have heard that "exercise is the best medicine" - neuroscientist Joyla Furlano is working to see if that might be true. On this episode of GradCast, Nick and Yimin learn about the neurological link between diabetes and Alzheimer's in older adults and how regular exercise might be a promising preventative treatment for dementia.



Special Episode: The Blackhole of the Brain - Nick

Hosts Chantal Lemire and Susan Anthony interview the newest member of GradCast, Nicholas Handfield-Jones about his research on Parkinsons.



Episode #173: Exercise and Pregnancy

Hosts Taniya Nagpal and Roger Hudson discuss the importance of exercise before, during and after pregnancy with Western alumnus Dr. Margie Davenport, professor of kinesiology at the University of Alberta. Produced by Chantal Lemire




WUGSOM Part 3: Live! at the Western University Graduate Symposium on Music

In this final installment of the WUGSOM series from 2017, hosts Yimin and Roger speak with Rachel Avery from McGill University in Montreal, and Ryan Blakely from the University of Ottawa on their research projects they've developed over the past few years. Rachel and Ryan each communicated their research in lecture format during WUGSOM 2017.