Victor Doerksen, Minister of Innovation
Dr. William "Bill" Colmers, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Alberta and AHFMR Medical Scientist
Dr. James Smythe, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta and AHFMR Population Health Investigator
AUDIO: Download Audio (mp3 format)
ITEM:1TITLE: Victor Doerksen, Minister of Innovation and Science
SUBJECT: #36 The New Minister's Vision for Innovation
SYNOPSIS: Coming up is "Science and Technology Week" in Alberta. Alberta's Minister of Innovation and Science, Victor Doerksen, has been in the portfolio seven months now. Previously the Chair of the Alberta Research Council, he brings with him into the portfolio a keen interest in promoting Alberta as a province where world class researchers can find a condusive setting to develop new ideas and processes. Along with the Supernet project and the new Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Alberta, the Minister is particularly interested in supporting research into new energy processes.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. William "Bill" Colmers, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Alberta and AHFMR Medical Scientist
SUBJECT: #36 Neuropeptide Y
SYNOPSIS: What do epilepsy and obesity have in common? Well, neuropeptide Y, for one thing. As part of his research funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Dr. William Colmers of the University of Alberta is studying what role this neurotransmittor plays in the way our brains function. Research indicates NPY does have some relation to memory. And when NPY is squirted directly onto the brains of rats, it causes them to overeat and get fat.
ITEM:3TITLE: Dr. James Smythe, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Alberta and AHFMR Population Health Researcher
SUBJECT: #36 Is Telecommuting Hard on Your Health?
SYNOPSIS: Would your health be better or worse if you worked at home or had flexible hours in your job? That's one of the questions Dr. James Smythe is addressing ins his research as an AHFMR Population Health Investigator. Midway through his project, he's found some surprising indicators. One is that children have a impact on the health of telecommuters. One of the suppositions he is working with is that telecommuting and flexible hours would reduce traffic accidents, and allow workers sick with the flu to actually stay home and not make others sick at the office, thereby improving the overall health of the working population.