Lab Rat Chat

Lab Rat Chat

A podcast dedicated to providing an accurate and alternate narrative to the public regarding the necessity of humane and ethical animal research. Lab Rat Chat was made possible through the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach, which is sponsored by the biomedical research advocacy group Americans for Medical Progress.

Episodes

January 11, 2023 47 min

Lab Rat Chat - Episode 31 with Erin Vogelsong

In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Jeff and Danielle chat with Erin Vogelsong, MS, Program Director of Drexel University's Master of Laboratory Animal Science program.

Special Live Webinar Announcement - February 1st @ 12pm EST:
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Lab Rat Chat - Episode 30 with Dr. Agnès Lacreuse

In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Jeff and Danielle chat with Dr. Agnès Lacreuse, PhD, who is a researcher at the University of Massachusetts in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Department.

She utilizes nonhuman primates in her research in order to better understand neurocognitive aging and pathological aging processes, such as those involved in Alzheimer's diseas...

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October 30, 2022 30 min

News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • How mice, and many other species, benefit from having fat in their bodies.
  • Needless jet injection technology?!
  • Reviving organs in pigs HOURS after death
  • Why elephants don't get cancer - we bet you've never even thought a...
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    October 3, 2022 34 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • Kinda Baboons and how their social structure affects their development
  • How whale brains are protected through their special blood vessels
  • Testosterone - a cuddling hormone?!
  • Dogs and their ability to smell when we're stresse...
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    September 22, 2022 38 min

    Lab Rat Chat - Episode 29 with Dr. Kyle Flippo

    In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Jeff chats with Dr. Kyle Flippo, PhD, who is a postdoc in the University of Iowa Neuroscience and Pharmacology Department.   He studies the role of endocrine signaling in the CNS in regulating metabolism, amongst other things.  One of his current research projects has explored the role of a hormone (FGF21) in suppressing alcohol consumption in monkeys. N...

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    August 22, 2022 34 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • Zombie spiders - not quite as horrifying as it sounds
  • Regeneration and restoration of heart cells in mice
  • mRNA cancer vaccine development
  • A pacemaker implanted into a mini-donkey
  • An update on the rare colorful lobster news storie...
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    August 11, 2022 25 min

    Lab Rat Chat - Episode 28 with Dr. Amanda Vanderplow

    In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Danielle and Jeff chat with Dr. Amanda Vanderplow, a PhD research scientist in the Cahill Lab of Neuroscience Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   She studies dendritic spine plasticity and how synaptic alterations contribute to neuropsychiatric disorders.  In other words, she much smarter than the rest of us.  One of her current rese...

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    July 21, 2022 35 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • A promising new drug to prevent and slow the progression of Parkinson's disease
  • Pain relief in the form of implantable nerve cooling devices
  • How sound and music can reduce both chronic and acute pain
  • Danielle's true call...
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    June 22, 2022 35 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • The ability of animals to detect harsh speaking tones
  • Bats and echolocation
  • First-ever study showing that headbutting animals can and do suffer from traumatic brain injuries
  • A new incredible imaging technology to image the middl...
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    June 3, 2022 3 min
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    Lab Rat Chat - Episode 27 with Dr. Christine Lattin

    In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Danielle and Jeff chat with Dr. Christine Lattin, an assistant professor at Louisiana State University.   She conducts incredible research using birds as a model to help our understanding of stress and how different neurotransmitters and hormones help wild animals successfully cope with challenges, from predators to disease.  Dr. Lattin's resear...

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    May 9, 2022 34 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • Ticking time bombs within our cells may determine when we die
  • The ability of simple mosquito brains to detect humans
  • An update on the first-ever pig to human heart transplant
  • A potential vaccine for Alzheimer's disease which...
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    April 1, 2022 29 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • How scientists have figured out a way to interpret pig grunts to reveal their emotions
  • Jeff's lack of ability to pay attention to prior News Bite stories and re-tell a story from January about osteoarthritis (but, as a man...
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    February 17, 2022 26 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • A new way to treat bacterial pneumonia in mice without using antibiotics
  • Chimpanzees catching insects and using them to treat their wounds
  • Paralyzed men able to walk again following spinal implant
  • Regenerating frog legs and the ...
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    February 10, 2022 37 min

    Lab Rat Chat - Episode 26 with Dr. Roy Taylor

    In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Danielle and Jeff chat with Dr. Roy Taylor,  a physician and author, who is currently the Director of Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre at Newcastle University.   He has been conducting research on type 2 diabetes since 1978 and in 2011, Taylor showed that the disease was a simple, reversible condition of excess fat within the liver and pancreas. Taylor...

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    January 24, 2022 31 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    Purchase Lab Rat Chat merch and help support the podcast and biomedical research!

    https://labratchat.myteespring.co/

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • A new type of vaccine to combat addiction, specifically opioid addictions
  • The first ever pig to human heart tra...
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    December 20, 2021 33 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    Purchase Lab Rat Chat merch and help support the podcast and biomedical research!

    https://labratchat.myteespring.co/

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • A new therapy utilizing "dancing molecules" to offer a potential cure for paralysis
  • mRNA vaccine techno...
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    November 30, 2021 38 min

    Lab Rat Chat - Episode 25 with Lindsay Bader

    Purchase Lab Rat Chat merch and help support our podcast and biomedical research!

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    In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Danielle and Jeff chat with Lindsay Bader, who is a Senior Research Associate at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.   Lindsay has a ton of hands-on experience  working with many different species of monkeys .  She's been deeply i...

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    October 25, 2021 32 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    Purchase Lab Rat Chat merch and help support the podcast and biomedical research!

    https://labratchat.myteespring.co/

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we discuss a new method to treat aggressive for...
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    September 30, 2021 37 min

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).

    Purchase Lab Rat Chat merch and help support the podcast and biomedical research!

    https://labratchat.myteespring.co/

    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:

  • A dissolvable pacemaker that has some really awesome applications for human medicine
  • A new compound that has be...
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