Amazing Things Podcast

Amazing Things Podcast

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Meet the leaders of today’s scientific revolution, and discover the new technologies allowing scientists to understand and treat disease, improve health, and overcome impossible odds. Today, research funded by the National Institutes of Health is makin?


NIH Funding and the Economic Impact in Rural States
Mar 28 • 14 min
The importance of strong, sustainable annual funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is known to states with major biomedical R&D hubs like California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas. In these states there is a clear link be…
A discussion with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins
Oct 15, 2018 • 18 min
A discussion with National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins covering the new All of Us Research program, NIH’s work to combat the opioid epidemic, and advances like gene editing and cancer immunotherapy that are changing how we trea…
Sen. Roy Blunt: Medical Research is a National Priority
Sep 17, 2018 • 15 min
Amazing Things Podcast: Newsmaker Edition. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is responsible for delivery four consecutive years of increased federal funding for biomedical research to the National Institutes of Health. Sen. Blunt, Chairman of the Sena…
Rep. Tom Cole: NIH Budget Has To Grow
Jul 11, 2018 • 22 min
Rep. Tom Cole on Federal Funding Increases for NIH
Jean Bennett: A Gene Therapy to Treat Blindness
Mar 5, 2018 • 12 min
Gene Therapy to Treat Blindness
Amazing Things Podcast LIVE Congressional Briefing
Nov 15, 2017 • 62 min
The Science of Amazing Things briefing for members of Congress.
Li-Huei Tsai: A Ray of Hope in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Aug 11, 2017 • 14 min
The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease are daunting. More than five million Americans are living with the disease and by 2050 this number could be as high as 16 million. Dr. Li-Huei Tsai, Picower Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, and her team of re…
Natalia Trayanova: Using a Personalized, Virtual Heart to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death
May 22, 2017 • 8 min
More than 350,000 people each year will experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is an extremely dangerous circumstance that requires immediate treatment. In cardiac arrest, death results when the heart suddenly stops working proper…
William Fissell: Giving Kidney Patients Their Quality of Life Back
Mar 6, 2017 • 7 min
More than 460,000 Americans have end stage renal disease. While transplant of a human kidney is the best treatment for kidney failure, there simply aren’t enough donor kidneys to go around, leaving the vast majority of these patients tied to dialysis m…
Amy Wagers: Repairing Genes That Cause Muscular Dystrophy
Jan 9, 2017 • 7 min
Thousands of diseases are rooted in our genes, occurring when something goes wrong during cell multiplication and causes a mutation in the gene’s DNA sequence. This is why researchers the world over heralded the 2012 revelation of the CRISPR-Cas9 sy…
Vadim Backman: Detecting Cancer at its Earliest Stages
Nov 14, 2016 • 8 min
What if you could detect cancer at its earliest stages – before there are any symptoms that would send you to a doctor? What if such a diagnostic tool existed and it was low-cost, minimally invasive and easy to use? The impact would be huge. Northwe…
Ed Damiano: A Father’s Mission to Develop a Bionic Pancreas
Oct 17, 2016 • 12 min
For the 1.25 million American adults and children with type 1 diabetes, managing blood-sugar levels is a 24/7 affair that involves sticking their fingers many times a day and either manually injecting insulin as needed or wearing an insulin pump. Bl…
Samuel Achilefu: Taking the Guesswork Out of Cancer Surgery
Sep 12, 2016 • 7 min
In 2016, nearly 1.7 million people in the United States alone will be diagnosed with cancer. For many of these people, treatment will involve surgery to remove the cancer. However, because it’s very difficult for the naked eye to distinguish between…
TRAILER: Amazing Things Podcast
Sep 6, 2016 • 1 min
America’s investment in medical research through the National Institutes of Health is making amazing things possible, from the development of the first universal early cancer screening test to the creation of a bio-artificial kidney, a bionic pancreas,…