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By The Meducator
The Meducator is hosting our very first podcast: MeduCurrent! We will be featuring researchers and guest speakers from around the world to talk about their work and experiences. Our podcast will cover difficult topics and discussion, as well as share new cutting edge research!
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MeduCurrent Episode 1: Medical School Student + Resident Panel


MeduCurrent Episode 8: Women's Health
On this episode, we talk to guest speaker Jennifer Wiliams who is a PhD candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, with a prior MSc degree from Queen’s University. Under the supervision of Dr. Maureen MacDonald, her present PhD research focuses on the short- and long-term impact of hormonal contraceptives, and the acute effects of emergency contraception, on cardiovascular health in females. She is passionate about women's health, and integration of sex and gender into health research. She teaches undergraduate students about sex/gender as the Winter 2022 instructor for HLTHSCI 2T03: Sex, Gender & Health, and is the McMaster trainee representative to CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health. Feel free to reach out to Jennifer with questions and reflections via email:
April 19, 2022
MeduCurrent Episode 7: Innate immunity vs. the tumour: a closer look at NK cell cancer immunotherapy
On this episode, guest speaker Ana Portillo talks about NK cell cancer immunotherapy. She is a PhD Student in the Medical Sciences Program at McMaster University. Her research focuses on using engineered natural killer cells to target solid tumors like breast cancer.
April 01, 2022
MeduCurrent Episode 6: Indigenous Perspectives on Healthcare 2
On this episode, guest speaker Stephanie George of Oneida Nation - People of the Standing Stone discusses various healthcare related topics. 
February 25, 2022
MeduCurrent Episode 5: Morphine and Opioids
Today, we are joined by Dr. Norman Buckley, an Anesthesiologist from the DeGroot School of Medicine here at McMaster, to break down and discuss painkillers called opioids. Opioids are considered to be the most potent painkillers, and include drugs such as morphine, codeine, and fentanyl. They are used for anesthesia and to alleviate very severe cases of patient pain, such as chronic pain and post-operative pain, but they are particularly significant because they have had, and continue to have a profound impact on our communities. To better understand the impact of opioids, MeduCurrent has chosen to make this episode’s focus a biography of opioids - a review of their history, their biochemistry, and their sociopolitical effects.
January 24, 2022
MeduCurrent Episode 4: Indigenous Perspectives on Healthcare
Guest speaker Renee Thomas-Hill from the Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of Grand River Territory discusses her thoughts on Indigenous healthcare, how to incorporate Indigenous beliefs and values into a modern healthcare system, historical events, and the impact of COVID-19.
December 28, 2021
MeduCurrent Episode 3: A Biostatistical Analysis of the Pandemic
On this month's episode, we have Ishana Maini, a graduate student in the Public Health program at Queen's University and Emily Panousis, a student researcher working on tracking SARS-CoV-2 in the community. This episode focuses on COVID-19 and how researchers go about tracking it, surveilling spread, and analyzing the pandemic's trajectory. 
December 01, 2021
MeduCurrent Episode 2: Mental Health and Wellness
On this episode, we have student researcher Hallie Rodney who works with narrative medicine on changing bipolar attitudes and S. Mishra who works with the McMaster Student Wellness Centre to discuss various topics surrounding mental health and wellness. If you are seeking mental health support, we have listed a couple of resources below:  McMaster Student Wellness Centre: 905-525-9140 x27700 Hamilton 24/7 Crisis Line: 905-972-8338 Good2Talk Crisis Line: 1-866-925-5454 OR 211 and ask to be connected to Good2Talk Kids Help Phone (24/7 Service): 1-800-668-6868
October 26, 2021
MeduCurrent Episode 1: Medical School Student + Resident Panel
The MeduCurrent's first episode features guest speakers: Dr. Ali Eshaghpour (internal medicine resident and McMaster medical school class of '21), Rishi Bansal (McMaster medical school class of '23), and Shadi Sadeghian (McMaster medical school class of '24). On this episode, we discuss medical school admissions, academics, the effect that the pandemic has had on medical school and the healthcare system, work-life balance, research, and motivations/inspirations for working in medicine.  Music Credits: Jeffrey Ong  Cover Art Credits: Madeline Chan 
September 15, 2021