Beyond the Abstract

Beyond the Abstract
Science and research for everyone

Novel Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV)
Feb 12 • 26 min
The novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) is a respiratory virus originating from Wuhan, China that has spread to many countries, causing an outbreak. Headlines on its rapid spread have dominated media and news sites globally, and a lot remains unknown about…
The Golden Phage
Feb 4 • 32 min
Alcoholic hepatitis is a severe, life-threatening type of liver disease, but not for all patients. Some patients seem to have worse outcomes than others, but what differentiates these patients and how do we treat them? In this episode, Derek and Ellen…
The Cancer Conundrum
Jan 15 • 23 min
One in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, but how exactly breast cancer metastasizes and spreads to other organs still isn’t clear. E-cadherin is a protein that acts as ‘molecular glue’ that helps cancer cells stick together, but…
Achy Breaky Cytoskeleton
Jan 3 • 29 min
Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day and over 2 billion times a lifetime. The heart keeps up with wear and tear because it has a strong yet flexible cytoskeleton, the ‘framework’ of the cell. But what happens when the cytoskeleton malfunctions, and…
The Clot Thickens
Dec 12, 2019 • 38 min
Deep vein thromboses (DVTs) are clots in the blood system that can travel from the legs to the lungs, causing severe damage and even death. This week on Beyond the Abstract, Ellen and Derek are joined by John Welsh, PhD as they dive into John’s recent…
(Cilia) Size Matters
Nov 27, 2019 • 34 min
On this episode of Beyond the Abstract, Derek and Ellen invite Lindsey Avery Fitzsimons, a PhD student at the University of Maine, to discuss new research in the intersecting worlds of heart valve disease and cell biology. A new paper combining mouse…
An Astrocyte is Born
Nov 13, 2019 • 32 min
This week on Beyond the Abstract, Derek, Ellen, and fellow MD/PhD classmate Jacob are talking about Parkinson’s disease. A recent paper highlights how a new drug targets astrocytes and microglia, two types of brain cells, in order to treat Parkinson’s…
Oct 30, 2019 • 28 min
In this inaugural episode of Beyond the Abstract, our hosts Ellen and Derek along with their guest and fellow MD/PhD classmate Jenna discuss a paper on interspecies chimeras to create “Franken-organs.” They discuss the potential medical implications of…