The Talks@12 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 lunchtime talks on campus, while members of the public are invited to view via livestream.

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Upcoming Talks@12:

The Power of Resilience

Nov 14, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
Armenise Amphitheater

What are the best strategies for reducing stress and leading a more resilient, meaningful life? Renowned speaker and author Robert Brooks will share insights and anecdotes that highlight the importance of emphasizing personal control, maintaining connections to minimize feelings of loneliness, practicing therapeutic lifestyle changes, engaging in contributory activities and expressing gratitude towards others in order to enrich the lives of others and provide health benefits for ourselves.

Robert Brooks, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, part-time
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Psychiatry Consultant 
McLean Hospital

Previous Talks@12:

Music as Medicine

Oct. 11, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
Armenise Amphitheater

It stirs emotions and evokes memories, but what is the connection between music and our health? Lisa Wong, who is both a physician and a musician, will discuss the powerful healing properties of music and how melodies can bring harmony into our lives.

Kun-Hsing YuLisa Wong, MD

Associate Co-Director
Arts and Humanities Initiative
Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, part-time
Massachusetts General Hospital 

MD vs. Machine: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Medicine

September 17, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
Armenise Amphitheater

Recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing the way doctors practice medicine. With the capability to analyze medical data quickly, AI can assist in the diagnosis of disease, help determine precise treatments and help predict medical outcomes.

Kun-Hsing YuKun-Hsing Yu, MD, PhD

Research Fellow
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School


What to Eat: The Emerging Field of Culinary Medicine

June 19, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
Armenise Amphitheater

Culinary medicine, a new educational and nutritional approach to improving eating behaviors, focuses on skills such as food shopping, storage and meal preparation. Lifestyle medicine physician Rani Polak will discuss how to blend the joy of cooking with the science of medicine to create a recipe for good health. 

Rani Polak, MD

Research Associate in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
Founding Director, CHEF Coaching Program, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Eavesdropping on Bacteria

February 15, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
Armenise Amphitheater

What role, if any, did bacteria play in the evolutionary history of humans? Jon Clardy will discuss recent discoveries from "listening in" on bacteria and decoding their molecular messages to gain important insights into biology and medicine.

jonclardy.pngJon Clardy, PhD 

Hsein Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology,
Harvard Medical School

Oral Health Facts Matter

January 29, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.

The rapid spread through social networks of health misinformation, such as questioning the safety of water fluoridation and vaccinations, has led to new public health and policy challenges. In our web-based world, the sound science that supports some oral health advances is being threatened. Brittany Seymour and Alessandro Villa from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine will discuss how to recognize inaccuracies and change the conversation.

brittanyseymour.pngBrittany Seymour 

Assistant Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology,
Harvard School of Dental Medicine



alessandrovilla.pngAlessandro Villa 

Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity,
Harvard School of Dental Medicine

The Promises and Perils of Gene Editing

January 16, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
TMEC Walter Amphitheater

Genome reading and editing are exponentially advancing technologies, putting tools such as next-generation sequencing and CRISPR at the forefront of medical research and practice. George Church, a leading innovator in this emerging field, will explore the many promising applications that could significantly impact human health and also discuss the ethical implications facing genetic engineering now and in the future.


George Church, PhD

Professor of Genetics Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Personal Genome Project