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
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.
Assistant Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
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.
Jon Clardy, PhD
Hsein Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School
What to Eat: The Emerging Field of Culinary Medicine
June 19, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
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
MD vs. Machine: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Medicine
September 17, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
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 Yu, MD, PhD
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School
Music as Medicine
Oct. 11, 2018 | NOON-1 P.M.
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.
Lisa Wong, MD
Arts and Humanities Initiative
Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, part-time
Massachusetts General Hospital