Impacted: the podcast series about research for real change

Welcome to Impacted - the podcast series about research for real change. Each episode showcases researchers at the University of Sussex (UK) and considers the impact their work is having in the world.

Episode 2: Gail Davey & Melanie Newport

Recorded in March 2019

Gail Davey, a Professor of Global Health Epidemiology at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, initiated a research programme into podoconiosis (podo), a form of elephantiasis or swelling of the lower leg in 2005 and helped lead efforts to have the World Health Organisation add podo to the list of neglected tropical diseases in 2011.

Melanie Newport is a Professor of Infectious Diseases and Global Health researching the genetic susceptibility to infection and to tropical diseases.

Their genetic, public-health and social-science research work has had a significant impact on tropical societies and economies where podoconiosis is endemic. They share their thoughts on the impact of their research in this Impacted podcast.

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The next episode of Impacted will be available here on 30 July.

Episode 1: Anil Seth

Recorded in March 2019

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also Co-Director (with Prof. Hugo Critchley) of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Co-Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness.

He has edited and co-authored several popular science books, such as the best-selling 30 Second Brain (Ivy Press, 2014). His TED talk (recorded in Vancouver in 2017) has had over 7 million views and he features in the Vice/Motherboard feature documentary The Most Unknown, now streaming on Netflix. He explores consciousness and shares his innovative approaches to public engagement and education in this Impacted podcast.

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