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A podcast about the people behind the world-leading research at UHN
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What is the cure for Alzheimer’s? How can we help prevent the elderly from falling? Will stem cells regenerate a damaged heart? 

Over 1,000 researchers at UHN tackle these and many other profound health issues every day. For most, the pursuit of discovering a cure or better treatment is personal. You can feel their passion in these intimate one-on-one conversations about their pioneering work and revealing personal stories of how they got to where they are today.

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Season 1 Episodes:

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Episode 1 – Dr. Heather Ross on heart failure, artificial intelligence and a near-death experience

Air Date: October 8, 2019 | Length: 42:07

In this episode of Behind the Breakthrough we hear from cardiologist Dr. Heather Ross about her pioneering work with artificial intelligence, how she handles failure—especially after two rejections from medical school—and how a brush with death brought her closer to her patients than ever before.

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Episode 2 – Chronic pain and scientific baseball, with Dr. Karen Davis

Air Date: October 15, 2019 | Length: 34:56

In this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Karen Davis talks to us about pain. What is it? Can we predict it? What does personality-type have to do with it? While the complexity of pain is still not well understood, the uncertainty doesn’t stop Dr. Davis and her team. “We all have doubts,” she says. “But what drives most of us is a very fundamental curiosity … and the more we interact with patients the more it motivates us to think outside the box.”

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