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Raw Talk Podcast

Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Behind every discovery, there's a story. Raw Talk is a podcast about the meaning we find in science, and the people who make it happen.

0:00 | Apr 24th

Have you ever had a bad reaction to a medication? Or realized that it just wasn’t helping at all? The way someone responds to a particular drug – how effective it is and whether they experience any side effects – can vary greatly between individuals,...Show More

0:00 | Aug 14th

Where do you see medicine in 20 years? Does it involve Artificial Intelligence? We think it does, which is why this summer we hosted our second annual live event entitled Medicine Meets Machine: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in He...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 31st

Raw Talk recently hosted their second annual live event entitled Medicine Meets Machine: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Healthcare! Today’s episode with Grace and Stephania shares the discussion from our first panel of experts f...Show More

0:00 | May 30th

Within the last couple of years, the concept of “fake news” has generated much interest in mainstream media. Currently, our generation has access to more information than at any other time in human history. But what are we doing to stay critical of a...Show More

0:00 | May 29th

Within the last couple of years, the concept of “fake news” has generated much interest in mainstream media. Currently, our generation has access to more information than at any other time in human history. But what are we doing to stay critical of a...Show More

0:00 | May 15th

Crime shows are ubiquitous these days. A common theme in the genre is violence committed by individuals who are mentally ill. These events are oftentimes sensationalized, drawing attention to the nature of the crime, and blurring the circumstances an...Show More

0:00 | Apr 10th

Aging is a biological process that acts on all of us, from the day we’re born until the day we die. And for many people, it is a cause for concern. In fact, some scientists believe aging should be classified as a disease ( More

0:00 | Mar 27th

In the past, the term autism was used to describe the symptoms of schizophrenia and was (incorrectly!) thought to have been caused by apathetic “refrigerator mothers”. Today, we use the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to describe developmental co...Show More

0:00 | Mar 13th

Step 1, wash face. Step 2, tone. Step 3, apply serum. Step 4, hydrate. Sound familiar? Most of us have a facial routine that looks something like this. While the amount of steps may differ, most would agree that they follow a variation of the above r...Show More

0:00 | Feb 13th

Think back to your first sexual education experience. What did you learn? Who taught you? How has your understanding of sex, sexuality, and gender changed as you got older? In this episode of Raw Talk, we explored these questions and more. Toronto Di...Show More

0:00 | Jan 23rd

Everyone has their own perspective through which they view the world. But an integral part of science is questioning – questioning our assumptions and reflecting on how they may be impacted by the academic and medical systems within which we find our...Show More

0:00 | Jan 9th

There is no shortage of phrases related to time – and for good reason! Nearly all biological processes have evolved to follow a day-night cycle every 24 hours. In our fifty-second episode, Max and Richie talk all things circadian rhythm, and discuss ...Show More

0:00 | Nov 21st, 2018

Open any newspaper and you’ll stumble across an article on the opioid crisis. While some mention illicit fentanyl, other pieces talk about doctor-prescribed substances. What is actually going on? On this episode we’ll be exploring the basics of ...

0:00 | Nov 7th, 2018

Is it possible to move a wheelchair simply by thinking about it? Surprisingly, the answer is yes! Medical devices, such as brain-computer interfaces and insulin pumps, have dramatically changed the landscape of the medical field. They have enabled cl...Show More

0:00 | Oct 17th, 2018

The day has arrived. After being prohibited in Canada for over 90 years, cannabis has been legalized for recreational use across the country. Just about everybody has an opinion on cannabis legalization. Throughout this episode, you’ll hear from peo...Show More

0:00 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Inflammation, the gut, microbes, cortisol, and sore joints…what do these things have in common? Tune in to this week’s episode as we explore what it’s like living with an autoimmune condition. You’ll hear the perspectives of four individuals – Vaness...Show More

0:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

One in four people will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. This is particularly true among graduate students, who recent studies suggest, are at an increased risk for depression and anxiety. In this episode,...Show More

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2018

We’re back! Join Mel & Grace for a quick reflection of some season 2 highlights and a preview of the upcoming season 3 of Raw Talk. What’s in store? We’ll discuss emerging medical devices, the legalization of marijuana in Canada, indigenous health, a...Show More

0:00 | Aug 22nd, 2018

For our season finale, we pick up from last episode to bring you the second instalment of our Raw Talk Live event, a panel discussion focusing on new methods of science communication. Our panelists provide their unique perspectives on how we can (and...Show More

0:00 | Aug 8th, 2018

August is flashback month, as we move back in time to present you recordings from the event we hosted back in May, Raw Talk Live. This week’s instalment presents the first of two panel discussions, and explores public engagement in science. We hear f...Show More

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2018

Did you know that nearly 500 million people globally suffer from some form of irreversible kidney-related disease? These individuals may wait years before receiving a transplant! In this installment of Raw Talk, Dr. Lisa Robinson, Paediatric Nephrolo...Show More

0:00 | Jul 11th, 2018

Mindfulness is becoming increasingly integrated in mainstream society, but is this new wave of wisdom effective or just the latest trend? How does mindfulness impact our view of ourselves and our view of the world? In this episode, Marija and Grace s...Show More

0:00 | Jun 20th, 2018

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a debilitating and misunderstood disease that affects 20 million people globally. Raw Talk had the chance to attend a screening of the award-winning documentary, Unrest. Unrest explores t...Show More

0:00 | Jun 6th, 2018

While cancer is still a scary word, roughly 75% of people diagnosed with cancer will survive long-term. But how are these patients supported in the long term, as they deal with late side effects from their treatments? Join Kat and Melissa as they sit...Show More

0:00 | May 16th, 2018

The focus in childhood cancer is often solely on treating the disease, but what about the costs – both health and financial – tha​t patients ​​​​and their famili​es​ must bear? Join Melissa as she sits down with Dr. Sumit Gupta, Paediatric Oncologist...Show More

0:00 | May 2nd, 2018

Living in a dense urban jungle is not without its risks, and cities in Canada are no exception. Toronto is regarded as the most polluted city in Canada, but what could this be attributed to? How do global events shape the quality of the air we breath...Show More

0:00 | Apr 18th, 2018

You've spent your entire life wiring your brain to make you ...  you! So, if your brain changes, you change - right? On this episode, Melissa and Swapna chat with Dr. Carmela Tartaglia, a Clinician-Investigator at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at T...Show More

0:00 | Apr 4th, 2018

Repairing the damaged brain is the one of the holy grails of neuroscience. On this episode, Grace and Melissa sit down with Dr. Freda Miller, a Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children, who firmly believes that studying the developing brain...Show More

0:00 | Mar 21st, 2018

What do comics and medicine have in common? A lot more than you may think! In this episode, Dr. Shelley Wall, Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Communications program, chats with Jabir about the power of the visual narrative, how graphic medicine...Show More

0:00 | Mar 7th, 2018

If there’s one aspect of your learning you could simulate, what would that be? In this episode, Jabir sits down with Dr. Ryan Brydges, Director of Research at the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre, and health professions education scientist at th...Show More

0:00 | Feb 21st, 2018

On this episode of Raw Talk, we focus on a topic that affects us so intimately: sleep. Join Jabir as he sits down with sleep physiologist and author, Dr. Richard Horner, to discuss why we and other living things sleep, how the brain changes during sl...Show More

0:00 | Feb 7th, 2018

Although the relief of pain and suffering is inherent in all fields of medicine, there’s one specialty in particular where this aspect of care is truly the focus. While you may be unfamiliar with the field of palliative care, which aims to improve qu...Show More

0:00 | Jan 24th, 2018

What do sex and gender have to do with neuroscience? Join Jabir as he sits down with Dr. Gillian Einstein, neuroscientist in the Department of Psychology and the Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair of Women’s Brain Health and Aging, to find out! Hear abo...Show More

0:00 | Jan 10th, 2018

What structure holds the three smallest bones in the body? If you guessed the ears, you’re right! Kicking off 2018, the first episode of this year is all about our auditory system, and its influence on brain development. In this episode, Jabir sits d...Show More

0:00 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, but what makes it so difficult to treat? What is tumor hypoxia and how can it influence biology to drive a poor prognosis? In this episode, Richie sits down with Dr. Brad Wouters, the Executive Vice Presi...Show More

0:00 | Dec 8th, 2017

Over the past decade, academics and media outlets alike have been telling us that stem cells are going to revolutionize regenerative medicine. But what does this really mean? What are stem cells, how do they work and why have they been generating so ...Show More

0:00 | Nov 24th, 2017

Throughout their many years of training, medical students will learn everything they need to know to provide adequate medical care. This curriculum includes specialized medical knowledge and skills, but also encompasses all the specific behaviours we...Show More

0:00 | Nov 10th, 2017

By the time you are finished reading this, one person somewhere in world will take their own life - suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people, aged 15-29. This week, join Richie as he sits down with Dr. Sakina Rizvi, a neuroscienti...Show More

0:00 | Oct 27th, 2017

Have you ever wondered what mathematical modelling can teach us about how and why HIV and sexually transmitted infections spread in various geographical areas? Or why it’s important to engage the public when discussing research priorities? What about...Show More

53:25 | Oct 13th, 2017

Many of us have experienced depression or have loved ones who have. Reaching out for help is never easy, and when frontline treatments don’t work, the effect on quality of life can be devastating. On this week’s episode, Kat sits down with MRI-Guided...Show More

41:14 | Sep 29th, 2017

Hey Raw Talk listeners! The start of October also marks the start of Mental Illness Awareness Week, so we sat down with Dr. Robert Levitan, a clinician-scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In this episode, Dr. Levitan talks about ...Show More

33:52 | Sep 15th, 2017

Your favourite grad student science podcast is back for a second season! The crew welcomes its newest members, reflects on their journey in bringing the show to existence and the role social media has played in connecting with listeners. We also look...Show More

52:59 | Sep 1st, 2017

For our 21st and final episode of Raw Talk Season 1, we decided to share something a little different with you guys. We’ve spent the last year talking to incredible scientists here at the University of Toronto; but we usually get them to discuss thei...Show More

1:05:55 | Jul 28th, 2017

Moving forward with this month’s theme of Our PIs, we sit down with behavioural pharmacologist and epilepsy research champion, Dr. McIntyre Burnham. Dr. Burnham is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and currently co-directs a province-...Show More

29:13 | Jul 14th, 2017

With July finally here, we embrace the warm weather and our new theme for the month, “Our PIs”, featuring some of our own supervisors on the podcast. For this episode, we sit down with Dr. Elizabeth Pang, a Neurophysiologist and Senior Associate Scie...Show More

37:16 | Jun 30th, 2017

Even the simplest movements, like picking up your coffee cup, are actually the result of very complex processes and signalling in your nervous system. While we might not put too much thought into the mechanisms that underlie how we move, this week’s ...Show More

52:04 | Jun 16th, 2017

Episode 17 of Raw Talk focuses on chronic pain, and we are fortunate to have highly acclaimed researcher, Dr. Karen Davis, join us to share her expertise. We discuss the contribution of neuroimaging in understanding pain perception and pain mechanism...Show More

52:12 | May 26th, 2017

We couldn’t have chosen a better scientist to wrap up this month’s theme of “Foundational Science” than Dr. Derek van der Kooy, Head of the Neurobiology Research Group at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research. His team conducts b...Show More

42:18 | May 12th, 2017

This month, we're kicking off our theme of foundational research! On this episode, we hear from the amazing Dr. Helen McNeill, an expert in biology and molecular genetics. Dr. McNeil’s passion and love for science are contagious as she discusses her ...Show More

49:34 | Apr 28th, 2017

Every day, we take ~12-20 breaths per minute, that adds up to anywhere between 12,000-30,000 breaths per day! Now imagine if your lungs failed to function properly, what would happen to your quality of life? How long would you be able to live? What t...Show More

32:21 | Apr 14th, 2017

We can’t live without air, but we also can’t live with air if we can’t breathe. Tune into this episode to hear Dr. Shaf Keshavjee (Surgeon-in-Chief at the University Health Network, Officer of Order of Canada, innovator of the ex-vivo lung perfusion ...Show More

52:54 | Mar 24th, 2017

Keeping with the theme of Student Engagement, we’re ending the month with the woman who has figuratively (and nearly literally) done it all, Dr. Darlene Homonko! She’s Director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Industrial Liaison at the Lunenf...Show More

43:49 | Mar 10th, 2017

Someone wise once said, "a great mentor does all the things a good mentor does, but also knows when to let go." On this month's theme of Student Engagement, we sit down with some people who've helped influence us along our paths, and talk all things ...Show More

51:08 | Feb 24th, 2017

We are wrapping up this month’s theme of “Student Voices” by focusing on the perspectives of future graduate students. On this episode, Richie, Alex and Eryn team sit down to play our favourite game, “Kat Chats”, to answer some of the most common que...Show More

52:46 | Feb 10th, 2017

February is the month to highlight Student Voices. To kick off our theme, we take a break from talking to established researchers and scientists to sit down with some current graduate students at the University of Toronto. Tune in to hear from PhD st...Show More

46:05 | Jan 27th, 2017

Are you a visual learner? Do you have a passion for art and science? Are you curious about how augmented reality can help you learn? Tune in to this week’s episode, featuring Dr. Jodie Jenkinson, a professor in the Biomedical Communications (BMC) pro...Show More

0:00 | Jan 20th, 2017

Welcome to episode seven of the Raw Talk podcast! We’re excited to introduce this month’s theme of « IMS Professional Programs » with a special focus on translational research. This week’s episode features Mr. Richard Foty, the Network and Community ...Show More

54:53 | Jan 1st, 2017

When you’re watching a hockey game or even playing sports yourself, do you ever think about concussions? What do athletes or the public think know about concussions? What do our experts at U of T say? In the sixth episode, we continue the theme of “N...Show More

54:20 | Jan 1st, 2017

Welcome to the fifth episode of the Raw Talk Podcast! We are excited to reveal this month’s theme: “Neurotrauma”. In our first instalment, surgeon-scientist Dr. Michael Fehlings joins us to speak about his early training, translatable research focus,...Show More

42:34 | Jan 1st, 2017

To continue this month’s theme of “The Physician-Scientist”, we are thrilled to bring you an episode featuring the incredible Dr. Albert Wong, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, and Research Scientist & Sta...Show More

43:25 | Jan 1st, 2017

We’re excited to introduce October’s theme of « The Physician-Scientist » with a man whose talents go beyond the bench and bedside: Dr. Norman Rosenblum. In this episode, you’ll hear what led Dr. Rosenblum to combine clinical practice with research, ...Show More

0:00 | Jan 1st, 2017

In this session of the Raw Talk Podcast, we are happy to welcome the incredibly accomplished Dr. Molly Shoichet to the show! Dr. Shoichet shares her love for collaboration, working at the interface of different fields, and engaging the public in scie...Show More

33:15 | Jan 1st, 2017

On the first episode of the podcast, the Raw Talk team discusses all you need to know about the show, from inspiration to implementation, and everything in between. You’ll learn why a podcast and video series make a winning combination, and how we’re...Show More