The podcast reviewed here is another in the University of California in Los Angelos grandround podcasts. This could more properly be called a videocast. This episode focuses on the genetics of late life depression and is presented by Associate Professor Warren Taylor. The audio and video quality are both of a high standard and I found it easy to focus on the content of the presentation. Taylor looks at a number of the risk factors for and associations with late life depression. He then focuses in particular on the genetic associations suggesting along the way that these might be indirect, mediated through vascular pathways for example. Taylor then discusses some of his own unpublished research going through some of the primary outcome data as well as the exploratory analysis. I thought this was a useful overview of an expanding area of research. I’ve been impressed by the UCLA grandround podcasts and like the Maudsley debates which are also available in podcast format this seems to offer a very useful model for psychiatry departments to communicate information about some of their activities. This opens up a number of other possibilities that range from seeing what people in the field are doing through to gaining overviews of a more specialised area of interest. It will be interesting to see if this podcasting approach expands into other departments. This episode is another interesting addition to the series.
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