From the basic functions of the cell to cures for HIV and cancer, Nature Outlook: Medical Research Masterclass uses the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as a basis to explore the latest research in medicine and physiology. Topics are viewed from the perspectives of Nobel laureates and the young researchers aiming to emulate their success.
At this summer's Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, reporter Lorna Stewart asks some big questions in biomedical science. In a series of four films, she asks laureates and young researchers about the implications of a globally ageing population, ponders the possibility of drugs without side effects, considers the scientific achievements of 40 years of cancer research, and grapples with the most recent developments in the battle against HIV. Get a taste in this trailer.
HIV in hiding with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
In 2008, Timothy Ray Brown became the first person to be cured of HIV - or so many claim. Brown is known as 'the Berlin patient' and six years on, the virus has still not been detected in his blood. In this Nature Video, reporter Lorna Stewart wants to know the implications of his remarkable treatment. But her dreams of an imminent cure quickly fade as Nobel laureate Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who discovered HIV, brings Lorna back to Earth with a bump.
The long goodbye with Hans Rosling & Oliver Smithies
Growing old is inevitable and across the world average life expectancy is increasing. With the prevalence of age-related diseases following suit and a limited pot of resources, where should scientists be targeting research? In this Nature Video, superstar statistician Hans Rosling sets the record straight about the cause of the world’s ageing population and Nobel laureate Oliver Smithies, now 89, gives his opinion on medical research priorities. But when Lorna talks to young researchers, they disagree with the laureates on where scientists should be focusing their efforts.
May cause drowsiness with Martin Evans & Oliver Smithies
The benefits of modern pharmaceuticals are often accompanied by side effects, and although some are minor, like headaches or drowsiness, others can be much more serious. In this Nature Video, reporter Lorna Stewart asks scientists if we will ever eliminate side effects. Lorna is surprised when Nobel laureate Martin Evans claims there are no side effects, and fellow laureate Oliver Smithies explains how complicated it can be to eliminate the unwanted effects of taking medicine. However, exciting research is on the horizon, as two young researchers explain.
Winning the war? with Michael Bishop & Harald zur Hausen
In 1971, the then president of the United States, Richard Nixon, declared 'war' on cancer. Since then, billions of dollars have been poured into cancer research worldwide, but a cure for the disease is still a long way off. In this Nature Video, reporter Lorna Stewart marks the scientific milestones of the past four decades. She explores cancer genetics with Nobel laureate Michael Bishop, vaccines with fellow laureate Harald zur Hausen, and two young researchers tell Lorna about some of cancer research’s greatest success stories.