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Susan Lynch, PhD. Associate Professor, Medicine/Gastroenterology, UC San Francisco. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

What effect does space travel have on our bodies and minds? As NASA looks to explore Mars and beyond, it is critical to understand the impacts of spending extended time in space. Brinda K. Rana, Phd, shares the results of NASA's Twins Study that focused on astronaut Scott Kelly who spent nearly one year living on the International Space Station and his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth.

The body's immune system, long thought to be ineffective in combatting established tumors, is being harnessed by new drugs to better identify and kill tumor cells. Learn how immunotherapy research is leading to more precise treatments based on individual biology, tumors, and immune system response, and revealing which immunotherapies will be most effective.

Michael F. Green is a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA. He explores the relationship between cognitive deficits in schizophrenia and activities of daily living. Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects about 1 percent of the population. Its symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, trouble with thinking and concentration, and lack of motivation. Green has pursued many research questions in the course of his career, but perhaps the biggest puzzle is why most people with schizophrenia do not function very well in the community. Recorded on 11.06.2017.

Humans have multiple learning systems that for the most part are functionally and anatomically distinct, evolved at different times for different purposes, and that learn in qualitatively different ways. Greg Ashby studies how people learn new categories of objects. This research has allowed the mapping the neural networks and has identified many important and surprising differences in how we learn. Recorded on 07/10/2017.

Dr. Hal Barron discusses what he has learned about innovation in science and medicine based on his over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, and potential implications for health policy at the local, national and global level. Barron is one of the most respected clinician-scientists and successful drug developers in the biotechnology industry and serves as Calico's president of research and development. Recorded on 04.26.2017.

Andy Josephson is one of the most respected academic neurologists in the nation. In addition to serving as chair of UCSF's Department of Neurology, he is a founder of the neuro-hospitalist movement in the United States, an accomplished clinical researcher, the recipient of several teaching awards, and chair of UCSF's Ethics Committee. Dr. Robert Wachter, chair of UCSF's Department of Medicine, interviews him about academic medicine, the evolving science of clinical neurology, and how he combines his disparate interests into a meaningful career.

People who are homeless use the most expensive parts of the healthcare system. Dr. Margot Kushel looks at older homeless adults and how the healthcare system can better care for them. Living on the street contributes to premature aging; many homeless people in their 50s have physical and cognitive disabilities more commonly seen in people in their 70s or 80s.

This presentation continues the conversation on the value of Tibetan medicine in treating chronic diseases, optimizing clinical outcomes and improving mind-body-spirt wellbeing. Alejandro Chaoul of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center joins scholar Mona Schrempf and anthropologist Tatiana Chudakova of Tufts University as part of the Tibetan Medicine Conference on Mind-Body Health held at Harvard in October, 2017. Recorded on 10/06/2017.
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