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2016 Talks@12

December 15, 2016

Resistance Movement: Drugs, Bugs, and the fight against über germs

With many bacteria becoming impervious to drugs, new approaches are acutely needed to combat the rise of antibiotic resistance. Michael Baym and Scott Podolsky will discuss the historical recognition of drug resistance, how bacteria become immune to medication and ways to address the problem.

Michael Baym, PhD
Research Fellow in Systems Biology
Harvard Medical School

Scott Podolsky, MD
Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

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November 3, 2016

The Good Life: How strong relationships impact our health and happiness

What really keeps people happy and healthy? The Harvard Study of Adult Development tracked the lives of two groups of men for 78 years to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing. 

In this talk, study director Robert Waldinger explains why taking the time to build connections and relationships is not only the foundation of strong communities, but also benefits our own health and well-being. 

Robert Waldinger, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital

June 21, 2016

Facets of Discovery

Three leading Harvard Medical School researchers share their discoveries and innovative approaches to complex scientific questions.

Peter Sorger, PhD
Head of the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science
Otto Krayer Professor of Systems Pharmacology
Beyond Genomics: A systems pharmacology approach to understanding therapeutics

Pamela Silver, PhD
Elliot T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology
Founding Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Living Therapeutics: Designing biology to diagnose and treat disease

Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD
Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy
Associate Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Using Big Data and Natural Experiments to Identify What Works and Doesn’t Work in Health Care

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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

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Learn more about Football Players Health Study at Harvard University.