Category: Focus on Research

Growing quickly comes at a price

Most of us have heard about antioxidants in the news or at the supermarket. But what are they? And how are they related to damage causing particles called free radicals? In this post Dr Shona Smith discusses her research on these important molecules, and explores their relationship to animal growth.

Episode 53: IBAHCM’s April Highlights

Join us in another celebration of the Institute as we look back at the highlights from the month of April (2017). Listen as Laurie Baker, Taya Forde, Karen Hotopp and James Burgon discuss recent publications, awards and achievements by Institute researchers.

Episode 50: IBAHCM’s March Highlights

The Naturally Speaking editors gather to discuss new research from the Institute and highlight some of their favourite things from the month of March.

Forever Young—Learning to Stay Healthy to 100

PhD student Adam Field discusses biogerontology (‘ageing biology’) and what we can learn from animals that are seemingly better at ageing than us about living longer, healthier lives.

Episode 48: Sweden’s Avian Renaissance Man—Conversations with Professor Jan-Ake Nilsson

There are many ways to study life strategies of small passerines. Professor Jan-Ake Nilsson of the University of Lund sat down with us to talk about his studies, and the fantastic little birds that he has worked with.

Kampung life and mosquito vectors of disease in Malaysian Borneo

In villages across the Malaysian state of Sabah, locals are being asked to do something unusual: expose themselves to—potentially malaria carrying—mosquitoes. The person behind this request is third year PhD student Rebecca Brown. Here, Rebecca explains why and walks us through the steps of conducting her tropical field research.

Episode 46: The Leaky Host Barrier

Prof Ruth Zadoks tells us about her research into the factors that can allow disease-causing bacteria to make the jump between species.