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Catch up on The Scouse Science Podcast, as Professor Tom Solomon hosts a regular discussion of Coronavirus and its impact on science and society in Liverpool.

Episode 14 - Dame Louise Ellman and Professor William Hope 

Dame Louise Ellman and Professor William Hope (Preview)

Professor Tom Solomon's guests in this episode are Dame Louise Ellman and Professor William Hope from the University of Liverpool.

Manchester born Dame Louise Ellman (DBE) served as MP for Liverpool Riverside from 1997 to 2019. She was elected as a councillor on the Lancashire County Council in 1970 and was leader of Lancashire County Council from 1981 – 1997. She became the Labour group leader in 1977 and was awarded a Damehood in 2018. She is President of the Jewish Labour Movement and is Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Professor William Hope is Dame Sally Davies Chair of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Professor Hope is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Professor Hope leads the Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research (CEIDR) which focuses on infection therapeutics.

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Episode 13 - Rory Bremner and Professor Helen Sharp

Rory Bremner and Professor Helen Sharp

Professor Tom Solomon's guests in this episode are impressionist and comedian, Rory Bremner, and Professor Helen Sharp from the University of Liverpool.

Political satirist, impressionist and comedian, Rory Bremner, is best known for his work on Mock the Week, Rory Bremner...Who Else? and his sketch comedy series, Bremner, Bird and Fortune. He's been a presenter, writer, quiz-show host, actor, translator and even graced the Stricly ballroom floor in 2011!

University of Liverpool’s Helen Sharp is Professor of Perinatal and Clinical Child Psychology in the Department of Primary Care and Mental Health. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who jointly leads The Wirral Child Health and Development Study, and leads the The Bangalore Child Health and Development Study, which relate children's mental health to early environment. Her most recent work has focused on the impact of COVID-19 on children's mental health.

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Episode 12 - Professor Iain Buchan and Fi Glover

Professor Iain Buchan and Fi Glover

Professor Tom Solomon's guests in this episode are BBC journalist Fi Glover and the Executive Dean of the University of Liverpool's Institute of Population Health, Professor Iain Buchan.

Fi Glover is a BBC journalist who hosts the Fortunately podcast alongside previous Scouse Science guest, Jane Garvey, as well as The Listening Project for BBC Radio 4 and My Perfect Country for the BBC World Service.

Professor Iain Buchan lead's the University of Liverpool's Institute of Population Health and pursues data-intensive public health research for major societal challenges, most recently the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and COVID-19 responses.

 

Episode 11 - Professor Dame Janet Beer and Jonathan Freedland

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Professor Dame Janet Beer and Jonathan Freedland

Professor Tom Solomon's guests in this episode are Guardian and BBC journalist, Jonathan Freedland, and University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer.

Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Long View. He was awarded the Orwell special prize for journalism in 2014 and writes thrillers under the pseudonym Sam Bourne.

Professor Dame Janet Beer is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, having formerly been Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. She was awarded a Damehood for services to higher education and equality and diversity in the New Year’s Honours list 2018.

  

Episode 10 - Mairead Smyth and Professor Graham Medley

Mairead Smyth and Professor Graham Medley

Professor Tom Solomon's guests in this episode are SAGE adviser and infectious disease expert, Prof Graham Medley, and BBC North West Tonight's, Mairead Smyth.

Professor Graham Medley joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in April 2015 and is currently attending SAGE as part of the UK COVID-19 response.

University of Liverpool graduate, Mairead Smyth, joined the BBC in 2007 and became a Senior Broadcast Journalist with BBC North West Tonight in 2018. She reports regularly on COVID-19 and its impact on the North West of England.

  

Episode 9 - Jan Ravens and Dr Mike Beadsworth

Jan Ravens and Dr Mike Beadsworth

Professor Tom Solomon's guests this time are actress and impressionist, Jan Ravens, and Dr Mike Beadsworth from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Hoylake born Jan Ravens is best known for her voices on Spitting Image and Dead Ringers. The three Dead Ringers Christmas specials are available to stream and download on BBC iPlayer.

Dr Mike Beadsworth has been a NHS appointed accredited consultant in Infectious Diseases, Tropical medicine and General Internal Medicine, in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital’s tropical and infectious diseases unit (TIDU), since 2007.

Professor Tom Solomon is Director of the UK's Emerging Infections Research Unit based as the University of Liverpool, is on the NHS front line at the Walton Neuro Centre and Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and appears regularly on television and radio discussing science.

  

Episode 8 - Michael Buerk

His special guest this time is celebrated presenter, journalist and newsreader, Michael Buerk.

Journalist and newsreader, Michael Buerk, joined the BBC in 1970, presenting BBC News from 1973 until 2002. He has been the host of BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze since 1990 which continues to this day.

  

Episode 7 -Stephen McGann and Dr Stacy Todd

Professor Tom Solomon's guest in this episode are actor Stephen McGann and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's Dr Stacy Todd.

Stephen McGann is a Liverpudlian actor, author, and science communicator, best known for portraying Doctor Patrick Turner in the BBC One medical period drama series Call the Midwife. He is one of a family of acting brothers including Joe, Paul, and Mark.

Dr Stacy Todd is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Her research interests are in transmission of infection and she has previously worked on studies in UK, Malawi and Vietnam. She has recently been part of a review of clinical infection research in Liverpool and is currently research lead for Tropical and Infectious Disease Unit at the Royal and is an NIHR NWC Research Scholar.

Professor Tom Solomon is Director of the UK's Emerging Infections Research Unit based as the University of Liverpool, is on the NHS front line at the Walton NeuroCentre and Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and appears regularly on television and radio discussing science.

  

Episode 6 - Eleanor Moritz and Dr Tom Fletcher

Professor Tom Solomon's guest in this episode are BBC local news producer and presenter Eleanor Moritz and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's Dr Tom Fletcher.

Eleanor Moritz is the regular producer/presenter of the BBC’s regional TV Breakfast news bulletins in the North West. She has worked for the BBC for 32 years, having spent six years at BBC Radio Lancashire, before moving to North West Tonight in 1994. Her roles there have included reporter, correspondent, producer and presenter. 

Dr Tom Fletcher is a consultant in the Tropical Infectious Disease Unit, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust NHS, Liverpool, and Senior Clinical Lecturer at LSTM. He is also a physician in the Defence Medical Services and his research at LSTM is focussed on High-Consequence Infectious Diseases.

Professor Tom Solomon is Director of the UK's Emerging Infections Research Unit based as the University of Liverpool, is on the NHS front line at the Walton NeuroCentre and Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and appears regularly on television and radio discussing science.

  

Episode 5 - Andy Burnham and Dr Emily Adams

Professor Tom Solomon's guest in this episode are Labour Party politician and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's Dr Emily Adams.

Liverpool born Andy Burnham is a Labour Party politician and Mayor of Greater Manchester. Andy was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017. 

Prior to this Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009.

In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.

Andy lives in Leigh, Greater Manchester, with his wife and three children. He is a keen supporter of Everton FC.

Dr Emily Adams is a Senior Lecturer in Diagnostics for Infectious Disease at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Emily's research activities encompass the development and evaluation of appropriate diagnostics for infectious disease. This ranges from point-of-care diagnostics such as rapid-diagnostic-tests (RDTs) to simplified molecular diagnostics that can be used at the community level.

  

Episode 4 - Jane Garvey and Professor Saye Khoo

Professor Tom Solomon chats to broadcaster and BBC Radio 4 presenter Jane Garvey and Professor Saye Khoo, Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool, and Honorary Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Tom, Jane and Saye talk about the COVID-19 situation in Liverpool, potential treatments for the virus, and the perils of working in radio. The "Scouse Scientist" Holly Ellis also joins the discussion and talks about her work in encouraging young girls to think about science as a career.

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Episode 3 - Roger Phillips and Professor Louise Kenny

Professor Tom Solmon's guests are broadcaster and BBC Radio Merseyside living legend, Roger Phillips, DL (Hon LLD, 2001) and Executive Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool, Professor Louise Kenny. They talk about Coronavirus, Pre-eclampsia, Roger's famous friends, and how to answer difficult interview questions!

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Episode 2 - Sharon Amesu and Dr Dan Wootton

Sharon Amesu, Professor Tom Solomon and Dr Dan Wootton

In the second episode of the series, Professor Solomon speaks about COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and singing at football matches with criminal barrister and leadership coach, Sharon Amesu and Senior Fellow in Infection at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine at University Hospital Aintree, Dr Dan Wootton.

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Episode 1 - Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Professor Sally Sheard

In the first episode of the series Professor Solomon speaks with the novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce and health policy analyst Professor Sally Sheard. They talk about the faux pas of previous health ministers, creative writing during lockdown and what happens if you turn into broccoli!

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