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Meet the leaders of today’s scientific revolution, and discover the new technologies allowing scientists to understand and treat disease, improve health, and overcome impossible odds. Today, research funded by the National Institutes of Health is making Amazing Things possible. The Amazing Things Podcast hosted by Adam Belmar is presented by United for Medical Research, a coalition of the nation’s leading scientific research institutions and industries, and health and patient advocates seeking steady, long-term growth in the NIH budget.

Meet the leaders of today’s scientific revolution, and discover the new technologies allowing scientists to understand and treat disease, improve health, and overcome impossible odds. Today, research funded by the National Institutes of Health is making Amazing Things possible. The Amazing Things Podcast hosted by Adam Belmar is presented by United for Medical Research, a coalition of the nation’s leading scientific research institutions and industries, and health and patient advocates seeking steady, long-term growth in the NIH budget.
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Meet the leaders of today’s scientific revolution, and discover the new technologies allowing scientists to understand and treat disease, improve health, and overcome impossible odds. Today, research funded by the National Institutes of Health is making Amazing Things possible. The Amazing Things Podcast hosted by Adam Belmar is presented by United for Medical Research, a coalition of the nation’s leading scientific research institutions and industries, and health and patient advocates seeking steady, long-term growth in the NIH budget.

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Episodes

A discussion with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins

10/15/2018
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A discussion with National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins covering the new All of Us Research program, NIH’s work to combat the opioid epidemic, and advances like gene editing and cancer immunotherapy that are changing how we treat disease.

Duration:00:18:30

Sen. Roy Blunt: Medical Research is a National Priority

9/17/2018
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Amazing Things Podcast: Newsmaker Edition. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is responsible for delivery four consecutive years of increased federal funding for biomedical research to the National Institutes of Health. Sen. Blunt, Chairman of the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, speaks candidly to Amazing Things about the promise of precision medicine and the bipartisan support behind funding America's investment in biomedical research.

Duration:00:07:51

Rep. Tom Cole: NIH Budget Has To Grow

7/11/2018
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Amazing Things Podcast: Newsmaker Edition. Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole is a dedicated leader in the fight in Washington D.C. for sustained increases in federal funding for biomedical research through the National Institutes of Health. U.S. Rep. Cole, Chairman of the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, speaks candidly to Amazing Things about the promise of medical innovation, the scourge of disease and the critical importance of America's investment in biomedical research.

Duration:00:22:37

Jean Bennett: A Gene Therapy to Treat Blindness

3/5/2018
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Hear the story of the first gene therapy approved in the United States to target a disease caused by mutations in a specific gene. In this case, the RPE65 gene, which affects vision. For Dr. Jean Bennett, the physician scientist behind this medical breakthrough, being able to change the prognosis for people who are blind or losing their vision — and to see the profound impact that this has on their life — has been a career well spent.

Duration:00:06:29

Amazing Things Podcast LIVE Congressional Briefing

11/15/2017
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A special live episode of UMR's Amazing Things Podcast broadcast from Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Host Adam Belmar is joined by four NIH-funded scientists: Dr. Ed Damiano of Boston University, Dr. Natalia Trayanova of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Vadim Backman of Northwestern University and Dr. Li-Heui Tsai of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The program includes remarks from U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of...

Duration:01:02:17

Li-Huei Tsai: A Ray of Hope in the Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease

8/11/2017
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The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease are daunting. More than five million Americans are living with the disease and by 2050 this number could be as high as 16 million. Dr. Li-Huei Tsai, Picower Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, and her team of researchers have discovered that LED lights, flickering at a specific frequency, substantially reduce the beta amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer’s disease, in the visual cortex of mice. Their work was published in the journal Nature in December...

Duration:00:07:30

Natalia Trayanova: Using a Personalized, Virtual Heart to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

5/22/2017
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More than 350,000 people each year will experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is an extremely dangerous circumstance that requires immediate treatment. In cardiac arrest, death results when the heart suddenly stops working properly. This may be caused by abnormal, or irregular, heart rhythms (called arrhythmias). Since prior heart attack, or myocardia infarction, is a major risk factor for arrhythmia, these patients are prime candidates for surgically implanted...

Duration:00:08:37

William Fissell: Giving Kidney Patients Their Quality of Life Back

3/6/2017
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More than 460,000 Americans have end stage renal disease. While transplant of a human kidney is the best treatment for kidney failure, there simply aren’t enough donor kidneys to go around, leaving the vast majority of these patients tied to dialysis machines for the rest of their lives. Every day 13 people die waiting for a kidney. Vanderbilt University Medical Center nephrologist and associate professor of medicine Dr. William H. Fissell IV and his colleague Dr. Shuvo Roy at the...

Duration:00:07:46

Amy Wagers: Repairing Genes That Cause Muscular Dystrophy

1/9/2017
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Thousands of diseases are rooted in our genes, occurring when something goes wrong during cell multiplication and causes a mutation in the gene’s DNA sequence. This is why researchers the world over heralded the 2012 revelation of the CRISPR-Cas9 system, a groundbreaking tool for editing faulty genes. CRISPR-Cas9 allows scientists with relative ease and precision to snip out a segment of mutated or damaged DNA, correcting genes that are disease-causing and opening the door to potential...

Duration:00:04:08

Vadim Backman: Detecting Cancer at its Earliest Stages

11/14/2016
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What if you could detect cancer at its earliest stages – before there are any symptoms that would send you to a doctor? What if such a diagnostic tool existed and it was low-cost, minimally invasive and easy to use? The impact would be huge. Northwestern University professor of bioengineering and biophotonics Vadim Backman is closing in on this goal. By the end of 2017 he expects that the first of a series of cancer pre-screening tests will be available for use by physicians.

Duration:00:08:31

Ed Damiano: A Father’s Mission to Develop a Bionic Pancreas

10/17/2016
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For the 1.25 million American adults and children with type 1 diabetes, managing blood-sugar levels is a 24/7 affair that involves sticking their fingers many times a day and either manually injecting insulin as needed or wearing an insulin pump. Blood glucose management is an inexact science, with levels too high or too low having dangerous consequences. Even a small overdose of insulin can be deadly. Boston University Professor Ed Damiano’s involvement with type 1 diabetes began in May...

Duration:00:12:26

Samuel Achilefu: Taking the Guesswork Out of Cancer Surgery

9/12/2016
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In 2016, nearly 1.7 million people in the United States alone will be diagnosed with cancer. For many of these people, treatment will involve surgery to remove the cancer. However, because it’s very difficult for the naked eye to distinguish between normal tissue and cancerous tissue, standard protocol requires doctors to remove the tumor as well as some surrounding tissue. If this tissue is found to contain cancer cells, which can happen in as high as 40 percent of cases, the patient...

Duration:00:07:03

TRAILER: Amazing Things Podcast

9/6/2016
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America’s investment in medical research through the National Institutes of Health is making amazing things possible, from the development of the first universal early cancer screening test to the creation of a bio-artificial kidney, a bionic pancreas, and a system to allow surgeons to see cancerous tissue in real time during surgery. These and more of the latest advancements in medical science are the products of intense long-term research and development. These innovations represent the...

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