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Catch up on our lectures from the 2012-2013 season

Molecules on best behaviour

Professor Claire Adjiman (Chemical Engineering) talks about the engineering of molecular systems.

It's not oil gone

Curing cancer: overcoming problems on the line

Cancer appears to be evolving as fast as scientists are getting to grips with the disease. Professor Justin Stebbing (Surgery and Cancer) looks at how our understanding of cancer has changed, as the search for a cure continues.

Metals in medicine

Sleeping, breathing and inspiration

Better treatments for respiratory problems could be enhanced through improved understanding of the physiology behind sleeping disorders, says Professor Mary Morrell (NHLI).

How to make an electricity business sustainable

Professor Richard Green (Business School) analyses the ways in which electricity production can be economically and environmentally sustainable in an age of ever-diminishing resources.

Heavenly turbulence

Turbulence on Earth helps us stir milk into our tea, but in space it controls the paths of cosmic rays and heats the plasma, explains Professor Tim Horbury (Physics).

Small, smart turbines - a low carbon need

The growing need to harness more efficient ways of producing energy is inspiring new super-charged combustion engines, says Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas (Mechanical Engineering). 

Metamaterials: new horizons in electromagnetism

Professor Sir John Pendry (Physics) explains the amazing world of metamaterials, where ideas such as invisibility cloaks have captured imaginations, in the 2012 Schrödinger Lecture.

Cardiac surgery in the recession: too good to fail?

Professor Thanos Athanasiou (Surgery and Cancer) assesses whether global austerity measures will have implications for cardiac surgery

The doctor will sense you now

Find out how advances in engineering are leading to biomedical sensors for real-time clinical monitoring of patients, with Professor Martyn Boutelle (Bioengineering).

A mathematician's view of Asimov's psychohistory

Materials at their limit

Find out what happens to objects under extreme pressure with Professor John Dear (Mechanical Engineering) in his inaugural lecture.

Parkinson's disease: a car crash in the brain

Discover some of the similarities between car crashes and Parkinson’s disease with Professor David Dexter (Medicine), Scientific Director of the Parkinson’s UK Tissue Bank at Imperial.

Food and sex: intimately related, hormonally controlled

Understanding the hormones that link food and sex could lead to new treatments for both infertility and obesity, suggests Professor Waljit Dhillo (Medicine). Audio only.

Brain sex differences: the new equality

Could the subtle differences between the brains of people of different sex affect treatments for diseases such as Parkinson’s? Professor Glenda Gillies (Medicine) reviews what we know. Audio only.

Tracking program footprints

Professor Philippa Gardner (Computing) explains how our understanding of what computers do has not actually kept pace with their development.

Other lectures in the 2012-2013 season

Professor Roxy Senior (NHLI) – Myocardial contrast echocardiography

Professor Anita Simmonds (NHLI) – Non-invasive ventilation: the first few millennia

Professor Robert Goldin (Medicine) – The scar that binds

Professor Amparo Galindo (Chemical Engineering) – ‘In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics’

Professor Gavin Davies (Physics) – What’s missing? Searching for dark matter and the Higgs boson