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Laurie A. Boyer, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at MIT, discusses her work studying cell fate and cardiac regeneration. She shares how her lab is dissecting the gene regulatory mechanisms that control lineage commitment during heart development and congenital heart defects and applying this knowledge toward engineering cardiac tissues.

Norah Terrault, MD; Professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery; Director of Viral Hepatitis Research in Liver Transplantation, UCSF. Recorded on 05/18/2018.

Across the tree of life, we can trace cancer vulnerabilities back to the origins of multicellularity. Cancer is observed in almost all multicellular phyla, including lineages leading to plants, fungi, and animals. However, species vary remarkably in their susceptibility to cancer. Amy Boddy (UCSB Integrated Anthropological Sciences Unit) discusses how this variation in cancer susceptibility is characterized by life history trade-offs, as cancer defense mechanisms are a major component of a body's maintenance. She also looks at how understanding these trade-offs in the context of evolution may help explain the variability we see in cancer susceptibility across human populations. Recorded on 07/18/2018.

Michele La Merrill, PhD, MPH, UC Davis Professor of Environmental Toxicology, discusses how calories are burned and whether some chemicals make it harder for us to burn calories and stay slim. Recorded on 09/21/2018.

The Acute Care Innovation Center is a UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine Project that identifies high-yield leadership, practice, and technology innovations for gaps in San Francisco's Acute Care system. Drs. Rachael Callcut and George Su explain that they are working to develop evidence-based solutions, and evaluate these products in the unique UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine and Acute Care Test Bed. Recorded on 12/06/2018.

Dr. Sydney Leibel is working to develop a multidisciplinary Severe Asthma Clinic to address social determinants of health and resilience in pediatric populations. In this talk he explores the prevalence and cost of asthma. He also looks at the social determinants of health and health disparities.

Alex Figueroa and Dr. Jose Soria-Lopez discuss clinical symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and the need to include the Latino community in clinical research.

National health policy expert Drew Altman presents an analysis of the public's priorities and opinions in health care as the new Congress takes shape and the 2020 presidential campaign begins. Recorded on 01/23/2019.

Drew Altman, President and Chief Executive Office of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, talks with Claire Brindis, Director of UCSF's Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, about public health policy and the future of the ongoing healthcare debate. Recorded on 01/23/2019.
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