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Chemistry for the Future: Human Health

It was here in Oxford, in the 1600s, that great minds such as Hooke, Boyle, Willis and Wren laid the foundations of modern experimental science. Like their famous forebears, today's Oxford scientists continue to undertake world-leading research: making fundamental new discoveries and applying cutting-edge knowledge to the major societal and technological challenges of the day. The research happening right now in the Department of Chemistry is uniquely poised to have a major impact on everything from our health to our energy sources - in other words, it is enabling our shared future. To read more about our research, please visit http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/researchthemes.asp.
This series explores the interdisciplinary interface between chemistry and human health. From using lasers to study cell membranes, to synthesizing anti-cancer drugs, the research explored in these podcasts will help us to be healthier and happier in future.

For more information regarding the science discussed in these podcasts, please visit the following websites:
Donohoe Group: http://donohoe.chem.ox.ac.uk/
Dr Emily Flashman: http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/emily-flashman.aspx
Schofield Group: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oc/cjschofield/
Wallace Group: http://wallace.chem.ox.ac.uk/
NMR: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/spectroscopy/nmr/
Synthesis: http://oxsync.chem.ox.ac.uk/

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 How can eating chocolate teach us about chemistry? Celebrating the Year of Crystallography A film produced as part of the Oxford Open Doors 2014 which examines some interesting research at Oxford Chemistry with some thoughts from the general public. Chris Schofield, Richard Cooper, Charlotte Richards 16 Jan 2015
2 Can we starve tumours? Oxford Chemistry joins Cancer Research UK in the fight for the cure A film produced as part of the Oxford Open Doors 2014, reflecting on some of the exciting cancer research being undertaken in the Oxford Chemistry Department. With Professor Chris Schofield, Oxford University, and Charlotte Richards, Cancer Research UK. Chris Schofield, Charlotte Richards 16 Jan 2015
3 Introduction: How Chemistry Research Impacts Human Health To truly understand disease, we need to understand the underlying chemical processes that direct human biology. Dr Emily Flashman introduces some of the research in the Department of Chemistry that will help improve our health in future. Emily Flashman 19 Jul 2013
4 Epigenetics and New Anti-Cancer Treatments At the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine, Cyrille Thinnes, a DPhil student in the Schofield Group, shares his research into the next generation of anti-cancer treatments. Cyrille Thinnes 19 Jul 2013
5 3D Printing and The Structure of Proteins Using 3D printed molecules, Rok Sekirnik, a DPhil student in the emerging field of chemical biology, shows how protein structures can be determined in some of the Department's most distinctive looking labs. Rok Sekirnik 19 Jul 2013
6 Synthesizing Anti-Cancer Drugs from Nature Chemicals found in nature can have incredibly useful functionality, including anti-malarial and anti-cancer properties. However, they are usually found in small amounts. Chris Jones 19 Jul 2013
7 Lasers, Cell Membranes, and the Basis of Life Being a chemist doesn't have to mean giving up on biology and physics. Mark Wallace, Matt Baker 19 Jul 2013
8 Practical Uses of NMR: Exploring Enzymes to Fight Disease The mutant enzymes that cause disease in our bodies can be combated by chemical inhibitors if we understand how these molecules are interacting. Ivanhoe Leung 19 Jul 2013
9 Conclusion: How Chemistry Research Impacts Human Health Wrapping up this series on human health, Dr Emily Flashman talks about her work studying the mechanisms by which our bodies respond to low levels of oxygen. Emily Flashman 19 Jul 2013