Raw Talk Podcast

61 EpisodesProduced by University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

Bimonthly conversations with scientists and students from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.

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#61: Alternative Facts, Pseudoscience, Real Debate

May 30th, 2019

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 …

#60: Forensic Psychiatry: Mental Health Meets the Law

May 15th, 2019

Crime shows are ubiquitous these days. A common theme in the genre is violence committed by individuals who are mentally ill. These events are …

#59: Let's Get Personal

April 24th, 2019

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 …

#58 Our Aging Population: The Silver Tsunami or Red Herring?

April 10th, 2019

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. …

#57 Autism: Unraveling the Spectrum

March 27th, 2019

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

#56: Mirror, Mirror - The Science Behind Skin & Cosmetics

March 13th, 2019

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 …

#55: Food for Thought: Unpacking Nutritional Science

February 27th, 2019

What’s the science behind the new and improved Canada Food Guide? Is the hype surrounding the keto diet and intermittent fasting supported by evidence? Can your genetic code tell you what diet is best for you? In …

#54: Sex, Society and Science

February 13th, 2019

Think back to your first sexual education experience. What did you learn? Who taught you? How has your understanding of sex, sexuality, and gender …

#53: Indigenous Perspectives on Health

January 23rd, 2019

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 …

#52: Respect Your Rhythm

January 9th, 2019

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 …

#51: From “Miracle Drug” to Epidemic

November 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 …

#50: From Surgical Mesh to DBS – Medical Devices in the 21st Century

November 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 …

#49: Canada Legalizes Cannabis

October 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 …

#48: Unpacking Autoimmunity: Myths, Microbes & Misdiagnoses

October 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 …

#47: Graduate Student Mental Health

September 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 …

#46: Season 3 is here!

September 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 …

#45: New Methods of Science Communication

August 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 …

#44: Public Engagement in Science

August 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 …

#43: Advancing Kidney Transplants & Medical Culture

July 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. …

#42: Mindfulness - A Personal & Professional Project

July 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 …

#41: Unpacking the Award-Winning Documentary - Unrest

June 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 …

#40: What Does it Mean to Survive Cancer?

June 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? …

#39: Economics & Childhood Cancer Treatment

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 …

#38: Pollution & Our Lungs

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 …

#37: Neurodegeneration, Concussions, & Misconceptions

April 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 …

#36: The Future is Neuroscience!

April 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 …

#35: Comics and Medicine

March 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 …

#34: Simulation in Healthcare

March 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 …

#33: Sleep & Anesthesia Explained

February 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, …

#32: Delivering Quality End of Life Care

February 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 …

#31: Sex, Gender, & the Brain

January 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 …

#30: Hearing Loss, Language & Learning

January 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 …

#29: Personalizing Cancer Medicine

December 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 …

#28: History & Ethics of Stem Cells

December 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 …

#27: Assessing Medical Learners

November 24th, 2017

Throughout their many years of training, medical students will learn everything they need to know to provide adequate medical care. This curriculum …

#26: Suicide - Who is Susceptible?

November 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 …

#25: Mathematical Magic and STIs

October 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 …

#24: Combating Treatment Resistant Depression

October 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 …

#23: Nature, Nurture & Mood Disorders

September 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 …

#22: We’re Back!

September 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 …

#21: The Gender & Diversity Gap in STEMM

September 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 …

#20: Advances in Epilepsy Care

July 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. …

#19: Mapping Language with MEG

July 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. …

#18: Motor Control & Movement Disorders

June 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 …

#17: Neuroimaging Chronic Pain

June 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 …

#16: Restoring Sight with Stem Cells

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 …

#15: From Cells to Tissues

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 …

#14: Living with Cystic Fibrosis

April 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 …

#13: Engineering Better Lungs

April 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 …

#12: Graduate Professional Development

March 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. …

#11: Re-Imagining the PhD

March 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 …

#10: Undergrads Ask

February 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 …

#9: Grad Students Answer

February 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 …

#8: Marrying Art, Science & Design

January 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 …

#7: Becoming a Health Research Translator

January 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 …

#6: Concussion in Sports

January 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 …

#5: Essentials of Spinal Cord Injury

January 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 …

#4: Demystifying Schizophrenia

January 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, …

#3: Kids, Kidneys & Double Degrees

January 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 …

#2: Polymers that Promote Healing

January 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 …

#1: Introducing Raw Talk (formerly known as Raw Data)

January 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 …

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