The Life Scientific

The Life Scientific by BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4

Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.

Categories: Science & Medicine

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Throbbing head, nausea, dizziness, disturbed vision – just some of the disabling symptoms that can strike during a migraine attack. This neurological condition is far more common than you might think, affecting more people than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. While medications, to help relieve the symptoms of migraine, have been around for some time, they haven’t worked for everyone. And what happens in the brain during a migraine attack was, until recently, poorly understood. Peter Goadsby is Professor of Neurology at King's College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and is a true pioneer in the field of migraine. Over the course of his career, he has unravelled what happens in the brain during a migraine attack and his insights are already benefiting patients - in the form of new medications that can not only treat a migraine, but also prevent it from occurring. Peter shares this year’s Brain Prize, the world's largest prize for brain research, with three other internationally renowned scientists in the field. Producer: Beth Eastwood

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  • 239 - Peter Goadsby on migraine 
    Tue, 04 May 2021
  • 238 - Jane Clarke on Protein Folding 
    Tue, 27 Apr 2021
  • 237 - Professor Martin Sweeting, inventor of microsatellites 
    Tue, 20 Apr 2021
  • 236 - Theresa Marteau on how to change behaviour 
    Tue, 13 Apr 2021
  • 235 - Mark Spencer on how plants solve crimes 
    Tue, 09 Mar 2021
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