Professor Nadia Rosenthal has devoted her distinguished career to the understanding of how humans might harness the regenerative powers of some animals, to combat the vagaries of injury and age.
Professor Rosenthal's research focuses on the role of growth factors, stem cells and the immune system in repairing injury and her primary focus is on heart muscle. Her book, Heart Development and Regeneration, is upheld as a definitive document in this field.
Wiradjuri man Joe Williams was an NRL player between 2004-2008, then won a couple of WBF boxing titles. He was a gifted athlete on field by any measure, but off field , his behaviour was self-destructive and anti-social. For a long time, no-one asked him if he was ok. In his book, Defying the Enemy Within, Joe tells his story of a private battle with bipolar disorder, addiction and acquired head injury…and then lays down some very solid advice for recovery.
NZ ultra runner Lisa Tamati is a personal hero of mine.
We are of similar age, and I came across her story at a time when I was really taking myself on with regard to health and fitness. What an inspiration! If I ever get the chance to train with her, I'll be leaving all my excuses in the suitcase. Lisa has run 140+ ultras in her career, despite being asthmatic and having broken her back in her 20's. Enjoy this chat with Lisa Tamati - a genuinely awesome human.
I met Jane Caro at the 2019 Perth Writers Festival just after the publication of “Accidental Feminists” her exploration of the fortunes of a generation of women swept up in the social changes brought about by second wave feminism.
For our conversation that day, the room was full to the brim of avidly connected people, mostly women, there to be in the presence of someone whose courage to speak up publicly has given THEM a voice. They were there for the ideas, but moreso for Jane Caro herself.
It was arguably THE GUT that brought Dr Michael Mosley his earliest public recognition.
His 1994 documentary on the work of West Australian researchers Professor Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren brought nominations for an Emmy, A BAFTA and also brought a LOT of mail.
The experience marked the realization that Hippocrates was on to something 2500 years ago when he said “All disease begins in the gut”