Packed Lunch podcast
Packed Lunch is a series of lunchtime talks at Wellcome Collection. You can feed your curiosity by dropping in to eat your lunch and hear local scientists in conversation about their latest experiments, life in the lab and why science matters to everyone. It all happens in the space of a lunch hour. To listen to individual episodes online, choose from the list below, or find the very latest on Soundcloud.
Biologist Catie Williams looks for patterns in the composition of gut bacteria in related primate species and investigates the differences.
Environmental scientist Stephanie Wright investigates the under-researched area of what microplastics mean for human health.
Social psychologist Benjamin Gardner discusses how habit formation can be used as a technique to change behaviour.
Carmine Pariante explores the ways that stress can increase our immune system activity and affect our health.
Neuro-Gastroenterology consultant Anton Emmanuel explores how the brain controls gut function.
Professor of Environmental Health Frank Kelly talks about how urban air pollution affects our health and what can be done about it.
Charlotte Pawlyn is a haematologist and clinical research fellow in genomics.
Public health nutritionist Alan Dangour makes connections between the food on our plate and global environmental changes.
Güliz Özcan talks about the latest research into what makes us sleepy.
Dr Amelia Moore talks about the latest research into how we can keep our bones healthy.
Melissa Bovis talks about the innovative applications of light-therapy and nanotechnology.
Join Pauline Paterson as she discusses vaccine concerns, why these persist and how to keep track of levels of confidence.
Hear from Mike Sulu how widely cell-based bioprocesses can range.
Join Fiona Burns to hear more about her extensive research experience of sexual health, HIV and migrant communities within the UK.
Join David to hear about research, art and health in urban Mumbai.
Join Lena Ciric to find out how molecular biology techniques can contribute to a healthier world.
Can public health messages really make a difference to children's health? Join Simon Cousens to hear how his work is going in West Africa.
Come and hear Dr Chris Tape talk about 'reciprocal cell communication’ between mutations in cancer cells and healthy cells.
Liam Smeeth tells us about his findings on the causes of diseases, from cancer in the UK to cardiovascular diseases in low-income countries.
Laurie Tomlinson is a practising clinician and kidney expert who is researching whether commonly prescribed drugs do us more harm than good.
Mairéad MacSweeney researches how the brain processes language in people who are born profoundly deaf.
Join Marcus Pearce to hear about his research into the psychological mechanisms underlying our enjoyment of music.
Join Nina Stanczyk to hear about how mosquitoes use smell to find people and what we can do about it.
The last half-century has seen an epidemic of asthma in the UK. Despite years of study, science is still unable to fully explain its rise.
Film directors are entertainers, artists, auteurs… and natural psychologists.
What is the impact of China's one-child policy?
Is gambling a product of genes, upbringing or brain chemistry?
City life, with its shift work, artificially lit offices and bright computer screens may be disrupting our natural rhythms.
Working with London cabbies to study the way the brain constructs representations of the world.
Most people enjoy the occasional drink, but what happens when it goes too far?
What makes babies laugh, and what really goes on inside their heads?
Bats are cool. From echolocation to a surprisingly long lifespan, they possess fascinating special skills and characteristics.
Can you die of a broken heart? Perhaps not, but heart attacks have been known to be triggered by intense emotion and mental stress.
Hosepipe bans, torrential rain, flooding - water was constantly in the news in 2012.
What colour is the number 3? What do words taste like?
How does what we eat affect how we age? Is it a question of quantity, or is quality the key?
Pain is an important warning signal, but for people living with prolonged, chronic pain it can have devastating consequences.
Up to 4 per cent of adults, and as many as one-third of older people, suffer from sleep apnoea, or interrupted breathing during sleep.
A year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, how has human health been affected?
How does the work our bones do influence their size, shape and resilience?
The tendency toward antisocial behaviour may be inherited. But heritability isn't inevitability.
Flu is the scourge of the winter months - but how does it work?
How did life originate on Earth, and are we alone in the universe?
How vision works 4000 metres down.
The powerful psychological factors at work that may explain why people continue to passionately believe in supernatural forces.
The links between infant nutrition and health, both short-term and in later life.
Mirror neurons are thought to be the key to human mimicry, allowing us to ape the actions of others and maybe even empathise.
How does the infamous norovirus wreak its spectacular havoc on the body?
The challenges and complexities of fighting tropical disease.
How research is uncovering connections between vitamin D and illnesses as diverse as asthma, TB and cancer.
We hear by amplifying the sounds that go into our ear. But our ears can be tricked using auditory illusions.
Space flight wreaks havoc on the body, but its effects will have to be overcome to investigate the far reaches of our solar system.
What’s it like being a scientist with a licence to possess illegal drugs?
How understanding the shapeshifting properties of cells is the key to fighting cancer.
Would you let your brain be temporarily switched off?
How pioneering work on microbubbles has the potential to transform ultrasound imaging and drug delivery.
How the human brain copes with making choices in a modern world flooded with options.
What drove the shift from simple bacteria to the current vast diversity of plants and animals?
Few people have as intimate a knowledge of the delicate layers of the skin than those who try to repair it after trauma.
The possibility of life on Mars has long fascinated scientists, science fiction writers and David Bowie.
Why do some people always reach for that extra chocolate biscuit, while others seem to have no problem holding back?
The unique pleasures and frustrations of working on the most powerful physics experiment ever conceived.
How materials science is paving the way for more hygienic conditions in our hospitals.
How a sunny disposition may be the key to our evolutionary success.
Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in the developed world.
Was Tyrannosaurus rex a fast runner? Were dinosaurs warm-blooded? How can answering questions such as these help captive elephants?
Connecting the natural world with the built environment to create 'living materials' that can grow themselves.
How dropping your trousers at the top of a mountain could lead to more effective treatment for intensive care patients.
What it's like working at the front line of the swine flu pandemic.
The protective power of disgust, and who has the dirtiest hands in Britain.
The secrets of physical attraction, how body image differs across cultures and why who you fancy can change depending on how hungry you are.
Surveying the sexual habits of the nation, and finding out who is doing what with whom, where and when.
The science of health, happiness and wellbeing, at home and in the workplace.