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The Talks@HMS series, sponsored by the HMS Office of Communications and External Relations, offers the entire community a chance to hear from the extraordinary researchers and educators who make HMS a world-class institution.

HMS staff, faculty and students are invited to attend these lunch-time talks on campus, while members of the public are invited to view via live stream.

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Upcoming Talks@12:

The next Talk@HMS is being planned. The date and topic will be announced here. Please check back soon.

Recent Talks@12:

February 1, 2016

Tackling Football Injuries

The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University addresses the complex health conditions and injuries former NFL players face. As part of this player-directed initiative, researchers are examining the multiple health concerns that affect the whole player, throughout his entire life. Co-directors Ross Zafonte and Alvaro Pascual-Leone will discuss current research and the preventive measures and treatments in development.

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Cognitive Neurology, and
Director, Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Ross Zafonte, DO
Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Research and Education, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Learn more about the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University.

November 16, 2015

Mindfulness for a new year and a new you

"Mindfulness meditation is an ancient technique that has been scientifically shown to be highly effective for reducing stress and promoting well-being.” – Sara Lazar, PhD

Take time for yourself and step out of the stress that can come with the holidays. In this talk, Sara Lazar will explain the neuroscience of meditation and mindfulness and teach simple techniques that can lead to a healthier and happier you, and in turn, benefit those around you.

Sara Lazar, PhD
Associate Researcher in Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Harvard Medical School

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September 22, 2015

The Future Is Now:

Medical education for the 21st century

Our understanding of how people learn is changing as rapidly as the field of medicine itself. How is Harvard Medical School leading the way? Edward Hundert and David Roberts will discuss the innovative teaching methods being introduced to support new ways of learning at HMS—and beyond.

Edward Hundert, MD
Dean for Medical Education 
Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Professor in Residence of Global Health and Social Medicine and Medical Education
Harvard Medical School

David Roberts, MD
Dean for External Education
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Introduction by:
Jeffrey S. Flier, MD
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University
Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

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July 29, 2015

Opioid Crisis:
The Neuroscience and Treatment of Addiction

Elena Chartoff and Hilary Connery will discuss the nationwide opioid addiction crisis, how neuroscience has revolutionized the understanding of drug addiction and how this understanding may lead to new approaches for treatment.

Elena Chartoff
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Director, Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory, Division of Neuroscience, McLean Hospital

Hilary Connery
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital

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June 16, 2015

Gene Therapy to Germline Editing:
Promises, Challenges, Ethics

George Q. Daley will discuss the ways that new technologies in gene therapy and gene editing are opening doors to novel treatments, but also to ethical and regulatory dilemmas.

George Q. Daley
Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and Pediatrics,
Harvard Medical School

Samuel E. Lux IV Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Director,
Stem Cell Transplantation Program,
Boston Children's Hospital

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February 27, 2015

Top Medical Discoveries of the 20th Century

Watch Sanjiv Chopra and Mark Aronson discuss the "Top Medical Discoveries in the Last Century" »

Sanjiv Chopra and Mark Aronson share stories of how intuition, persistence and luck converged in major medical discoveries of the last century and present insights into breakthroughs that may be just around the corner.

Sanjiv Chopra, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
James Tullis Firm Chief, Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Mark Aronson, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine and
Interim Chief, Division of General Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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from left: Sanjiv Chopra and Mark Aronson











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