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Podcasts offer our researchers another platform to discuss and explain their research.


Oxford sparks podcasts

Oxford Sparks is an online platform that highlights the scientific research carried out at the University through exciting videos, animations and podcasts aimed at a public audience. Scientists from the Division have worked with Oxford Sparks to produce a variety of digital content that explains their innovative research to a wider audience, including a large number of podcasts. These cover topics from tinnitus to training surgeons - explore the podcasts. The Medical Sciences Division has also commissioned a series of special 'Big Questions' podcasts with Oxford Sparks which give an insight into the world-leading research taking place in our departments.

New Oxford Sparks podcast: how do you mend a broken heart?

How do you mend a broken heart? Cardiovascular Biologist Nicola Smart (Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics) discusses her research on the heart, and the new Institute for Developmental and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Oxford - listen to the podcast. 



Podcast: Can you cure HIV?

Can you cure HIV? Researcher Professor John Frater (Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine) discusses this question and his own research into the virus - listen to the podcast



Podcast: Can you stop Alzheimer’s before it even starts?

Can you stop Alzheimer’s before it even starts? In this episode of The Big Questions podcast Jennifer Lawson, Trials Manager from the Department of Psychiatry, explores the disease and the work being undertaken to combat it - listen to the podcast.



‘Pikin to Pikin Tok': communicating with children in Sierra Leone about Ebola vaccines

Pikin to Pikin Tok.pngDr Matthew Snape (Department of Paediatrics) was recognised with a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement for his radio project ‘Pikin to Pikin Tok': communicating with children in Sierra Leone about Ebola vaccines. The broadcast was aimed at children aged 10 – 18 years and their adult carers in the Kailahun region, the area where Ebola first took hold in Sierra Leone, and the most impoverished area of the country. The broadcasts addressed questions about immunisation and Ebola vaccines raised by 12 year old Abibatu.

The radio programme, which is part of the Pikin to Pikin Tok (Child to Child talk) project, was a collaboration between the UK human rights agency Child to Child, their partner in Sierra Leona (the Pikin to Pikin movement) and the Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the Department of Paediatrics. The programme was created by Penny Boreham and Dr Snape. It was translated into the local language Krio and presented by storyteller Usifu Jalloh. Find out more.

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