Patience and Patients: Understanding the spectrum of Alzheimer's disease
March 6, 2012
As human life expectancy increases, so does the possibility that a family member or friend will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Fortunately, researchers are continually learning more about what causes this debilitating condition and discovering new ways to help patients cope with symptoms. You will hear from faculty members who will share insight about the disease and tips for caring for a loved one. An audio podcast is also available.
The science of emotion:Singing in the Shower to Shaking in Your Boots
March 20, 2012
As the childhood song goes, "If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it," but do you ever truly wonder why you're happy? Have you thought about where our emotions come from and why they make us feel the way we do? A panel of Harvard faculty members whose research sheds light on the range of human emotion will explore the science behind the smiles and tears. An audio podcast is also available.
Panning for Therapeutic Gold: Cancer genetics
April 3, 2012
The end of 2011 marked the 40-year anniversary of President Nixon declaring the War on Cancer. Though a cure has not yet been discovered, the understanding of genetics is revolutionizing cancer research and improving the ways in which we can battle one of medicine's most challenging diseases. Harvard researchers will discuss how far we have come and where the field is heading in revealing the causes of cancer and our potential to develop transformative therapies. An audio podcast is also available.
Haute Culture: Tailoring stem cells to make us well
April 24, 2012
Harnessing the body's ability to repair itself, regenerative biology is advancing medicine each day. Our bodies contain stem cells that have the remarkable ability to transform into many different kinds of cells and act as tiny "handymen" to repair damaged tissues. Faculty members share their expertise and explain how this field of study may dramatically shape the future of medicine. An audio podcast is also available.