Dr Jack Auty - Microplastics, Inflammation And The Immune System

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Dr Jack Auty is a lecturer in the Medical Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania. His research focus is how inflammation can contribute to disease.
Jack has a broad range of research interests; from how microplastics induce lung and gut inflammation to whether commonly use anti-inflammatories can be used to treat Alzheimer's disease. Jack is a master communicator and we cover a lot in this fascinating conversation, have a pen and paper on hand!
In this episode we discuss:
• Jack’s background and current research interests
• Alzheimer’s disease 101 – from discovery to disease progression, and Jack’s research that focuses on inflammatory responses in the brain
• Modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease, including Jack’s research regarding the role of Zinc
• Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: The link between contact sports and brain inflammation, including an interesting discussion regarding the role of protective gear
• Exposure to microplastics and consequent inflammatory responses in various bodily systems
• Plastic pollution and impact on wildlife – it’s more complex than we thought
• Paper: Plastic debris increases circadian temperature extremes in beach sediments
• Responsible waste management, the need for systemic and policy change and the necessity for clearer labelling of plastics to increase awareness within the community
• The role of recycling and the massive amounts of greenwashing we are subjected to as consumers
• Jack’s work with Adrift Lab and future research projects
• And so much more!
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