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Our neurons talk to each other but the language they use can change depending on what is happening in the environment around them. If the brain can adapt to our world in this way, what are the bigger implications? Nick Spitzer, Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego, explains neurotransmitter switching and how that process impacts our physical abilities, disease processes, and more.

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.

Andy Josephson is one of the most respected academic neurologists in the nation. In addition to serving as chair of UCSF's Department of Neurology, he is a founder of the neuro-hospitalist movement in the United States, an accomplished clinical researcher, the recipient of several teaching awards, and chair of UCSF's Ethics Committee. Dr. Robert Wachter, chair of UCSF's Department of Medicine, interviews him about academic medicine, the evolving science of clinical neurology, and how he combines his disparate interests into a meaningful career.

Learn more about PRIME-US, a program to nurture, support and equip medical students to become leaders in underserved care. This is a five year supplementary curricular tract at UCSF School of Medicine and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Recorded on 12/06/2017.

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.

Healthcare is undergoing a major transformation, moving from a one-size-fits-all, trial-and-error system towards a new, targeted approach that utilizes patients' molecular information to inform healthcare decisions. A successful transformation requires a global collaborative effort in order to maintain progress in both science and technology. Join us and hear from two expert practitioners/researchers about the profound effects of practicing personalized medicine with patients, as well as the challenges faced in making precision medicine a reality. Recorded on 04/26/2018.

As you enter your second trimester, it is time to start thinking about prenatal classes. What classes are commonly offered and how can they help you prepare for the birth of your child? Dr. Julia Cormano walks you through some of your options and shares valuable questions you can ask during each class.

California State Assembly Member David Chiu, representing the 17th Assembly District, discusses the future of health policy in California. Moderated by Dr. Andrew Bindman UCSF Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Professor of Health Policy at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Presented by the UCSF Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP). Recorded on 05/02/2018.

How do you model a disease process that stretches out over 20 years in a way that helps you intervene in that process? In the inaugural Shiley Endowed Lecture, Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD shares his research on the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Millions of people snore. That can bothersome, but it can also be a sign of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Jolie Chang, Director of UCSF Sleep Surgery Division, helps you understand the signs of sleep apnea and how they differ from regular snoring. She also gives some tips on how to stop snoring. Recorded on 11/06/2018.

Skin cancers -- including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma -- often start as changes to your skin. Dr. Lindsay Fox discusses the warning signs to look for. Recorded on 11/13/2018.

Smartphones are everywhere and it's hard to do without them. Many users are addicted to surfing the internet, checking emails and reading the latest news. How can we rein in that behavior? What are the health effects of excessive smartphone use?
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