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Just ten years ago, questions about editing genomes of the next human generation were largely hypothetical. The prospect of erasing fatal or debilitating diseases was seen as a goal worth pursuing, even as some worried about the slippery slope of using this technology to create "designer babies." Since then, the science has progressed rapidly. We now have a variety of tools that move these possibilities from theoretical to plausible. Based on his own research, as well as knowledge of the findings of others conducting stem cell research, Evan Y. Snyder, MD, PhD, FAAP will describe some of these tools and lead a discussion addressing key questions such as: Do we want to do this at all? If we are editing human genomes, then should this be done in vitro, in utero, or after birth? Are there some things we should not do? Who decides?

At around 35 weeks into your pregnancy, your provider will order a Group B Strep test. What is Group B strep and how does it affect your baby? Dr. Julia Cormano explains the test, what your results mean, and how it impacts you and your baby during labor and delivery.

Scientist Karl Wahlin is hoping to use the tiny retinas he's developed from stem cells to find a cure for blindness. Wahlin has teamed up with UC San Diego Stem Cell Program Director Alysson Muotri, who is using a similar technique to study the brain. Together, they hope to understand how the brain and the eye influence one another's development.

Dr. Sydney Leibel is working to develop a multidisciplinary Severe Asthma Clinic to address social determinants of health and resilience in pediatric populations. In this talk he explores the prevalence and cost of asthma. He also looks at the social determinants of health and health disparities.

With the capacity to form any tissue in the human body, induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs, are critical to the work of the UC San Diego Stem Cell program in studying disease and potential cures - but how are they made? This short primer outlines the basic steps to how these special cells are derived.

Diabetes educator Theresa Garnero walks you through the 8 keys to living a healthy life with diabetes: Healthy eating, being active, taking medication, monitoring, healthy coping, reducing risks, problem solving and adding humor. Recorded on 03/20/2019.

Dr. Atul Butte is one of the world's leaders in precision medicine, data analytics, and artificial intelligence as they apply to healthcare. This interview explores the opportunities and challenges in precision medicine, big data, and artificial intelligence, as well as the work of he and his group – at UCSF and throughout the UC system – to capitalize on the digital transformation of medicine to improve health and healthcare. Dr. Butte is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and inaugural Director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute (BCHSI) at UCSF and the Chief Data Scientist for UC Health, the consortium of all six University of California academic health centers. Dr. Butte has authored over 200 publications, with research repeatedly featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired. Dr. Butte, who was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, is the founder of several start-ups. 

Alysson Muotri and Catriona Jamieson discuss how cutting-edge stem-cell-based cures will reach patients through California's network of Alpha Clinics.

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Jeff Barry goes over the basics of hip and knee replacement and what's improved over the last decade. Recorded on 05/30/2019.

Dr. Susan Love has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. Here she describes the amazing human breast and why we need to understand it in order to prevent breast cancer. She talks about the anatomy of the human breast and the milk ducts. Recorded on 05/15/2019.

Genetic testing has become a routine part of pregnancy, but what do the results mean? Genetic counselors play a valuable role in interpreting your results and guiding you through the process of what to do with that information. Dr. Julia Cormano sits down with genetic counselors Christina Brock and Andrea Procko to find out how they support patients throughout pregnancy.

National and UCSF leaders discuss reproductive health and justice and the response to increasingly extreme abortion restrictions sweeping the country. This panel focuses on the national perspective on threats and opportunities for abortion access moderated by Daniel Grossman, Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health. Panelists: Renee Bracey Sherman, Senior Public Affairs Manager, National Network of Abortion Funds; Erin Grant, Deputy Director, Abortion Care Network; Stephanie Toti, Senior Counsel & Project Director, The Lawyering Project. Recorded on 06/06/2019.

National and UCSF leaders discuss reproductive health and justice and the response to increasingly extreme abortion restrictions sweeping the country. This panel focuses on the role of an academic medical center in a haven state. Recorded on 06/06/2019.

Peter Stock, MD, Professor of Sugery, Connie Frank Transplant Center, UCSF. Recorded on 05/17/2019.
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