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How can society prevent up to half of all cancers? Genetic testing, expanded screening, along with behavioral and lifestyle changes, may be the key. Learn how UCSF scientists are working with city leaders, community groups and other providers to increase access to proven methods of prevention screening and awareness that would reduce cancer in the Bay Area and beyond.

From self-described army brat to a renowned physician and scientist, Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo's career success is due in part to her many interests and her ability to pursue a job in which she could thrive. Her thoughts apply to anyone committed to hard work and a balanced life, no matter the field. In this conversation with Dr. Robert Wachter, Chair of the UCSF Department of Medicine, we learn how she is helping to shape healthcare through her work both at UCSF and as the immediate past-chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, which makes evidence-based recommendations about services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.

In discussing his new book, "Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs For Your Child's Developing Immune System," author and UC San Diego Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering Rob Knight explains how the microbiome works and offers guidance for parents on boosting their children's health. Knight is presented by the Library Channel at UC San Diego. Recorded on 10/24/2017.

Global health researchers from throughout the University of California system convened for the 2018 UC Global Health Day, featuring keynote speaker Vikram Patel of Harvard Medical School addressing the need for universal mental health coverage, followed by commentary from Janis Jenkins of UC San Diego and Bruce Link of UC Riverside. Recorded on 04/22/2018.

Computer scientist Larry Smarr and osteopathic physician Michael Kurisu present a vision for healthcare that combines the best of allopathic and osteopathic medicine by using a more personalized, hands-on, systems-based approach to treating patients. They demonstrate this proof of concept with details on how Smarr diagnosed his own Crohn's disease by using blood and stool tests to track changes in his body. And when the symptoms became too severe, Smarr collaborated with his surgeon, Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD, to plan the operation based on 3D images of his organs created at his research institute, Calit2 at UC San Diego. Kurisu then introduces Project Apollo, a group of patients inspired by Smarr who are collecting their own data to develop personalized treatments for their particular conditions.

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, talks about his experiences running the FDA for President Obama and how big data is being used in academic and commercial research in this keynote address for the 2018 Translational Science Symposium hosted by UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). Recorded on 04/05/2018.

Brad Stulberg explores how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout. Stulberg argues that this means physical and mental preparation.

Finn Gratton, Psychotherapist. Recorded on 03/08/2018.

An increasing number of scientific studies suggest that food, like drugs or alcohol, can have addictive qualities. Food addiction is a disease which causes loss of control over the ability to stop eating certain foods. Three people share their personal experiences and how they came through. Recorded on 03/13/2018.

Millions attempt some form of diet yet only a small fraction achieve permanent weight loss. Neuroscientists and science writers Sandra Aamodt and Darya Rose suggest what you should do instead. Recorded on 03/27/2018.

UC Davis Professor Andrew Hargadon was the keynote speaker and panelist at Blue Shield of California's first Healthcare Innovation and Technology Career Summit in San Francisco. Illustrating several examples from his research, including the development of penicillin as a medical breakthrough, Professor Hargadon shared a primer on what it takes to turn an idea into an innovation -- and the power of the network. Recorded on 04/10/2018.

Student advocates from across the UC system join the 2018 UC Global Health Day to describe efforts on their respective campuses to collaborate with faculty, campus global health groups, and each other in support of global health. Current proposed cuts to the global health budget threaten the health of communities both globally and locally. The UCGHI Advocacy Initiative helps ensure student, faculty, and community voices are heard throughout California and in Washington, D.C. by coordinating campus events and outreach to members of Congress and other elected officials. Recorded on 04/22/2018.

Kim Cooper, Assistant Professor in the Cell and Developmental Biology Section of the UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences, discusses the advantages and the potential risks of CRISPR/Cas9-based active genetic systems and ways to maximize benefits to society. How do we decide when not to do the things that we can? In the last couple of years, a new "active genetic" technology has been shown to promote efficient inheritance of desired gene modifications in insects. We have now shown that we can do this in rodents. This allows the assembly of complex genotypes that were once unthinkable due to cost, time, and more. Such applications could improve drug testing and mouse models of complex human genetic diseases. These same approaches could also be used to control invasive wild rodent populations and vectors of disease. Despite these benefits, many have raised concerns about unintended consequences of the release of transgenic organisms.
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