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Can stem cells be a weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's disease? Larry Goldstein, PhD director the the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program, joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss how stem cells work and what possibilities they may unlock.

The Scripps Research Institute's Dennis Wolan takes you on a fascinating exploration of the human body's ecosystem and the myriad symbiotic relations found there that sustain and affect everything from immunity to behavior, and how his lab "mines" this microbiome for potential therapies.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego, for a discussion of his research on the brain. Professor Ramachandran describes his formative experiences, the richly textured methodology that forms his approach to the study of the brain, insights he has gained from studying phantom limbs, mirror neurons and synesthesia. He concludes with speculation on the origins of creativity and consciousness.

Rob Knight explores the unseen microbial world that exists literally right under our noses -- and everywhere else on (and in) our bodies. He discusses the important influence the microbiome may have on the aging process and many end-of-life diseases.

Celebrate UC San Diego's 56th year short presentations by three faculty. Kang Zhang looks at advances in ophthalmology, Christina Gremel talks about what it takes to break habits and Mark Hanna looks at pirates on the high seas and in the library.

Ashley Gearhardt developed the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) to operationalize addictive-like eating behaviors, which has recently been linked with more frequent binge eating episodes in clinical populations, increased prevalence of obesity and patterns of neural activation implicated in other addictive behaviors. Recorded on 10/27/2016.

"Diplomacy" and "ethics" are words that describe complex interactions that are aspects of nation-to-nation relationships like that of the US and Mexico as well as other countries. Technology and the sciences play into this complexity as tools. By showing how solutions can be achieved and acting as teaching and mentoring examples for students and First Responders, we can help nurture real solutions forward even during times of conflict rhetoric and natural disasters. Actually seeking to help in diplomacy with preparing for and responding to natural disasters like earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, drought, and disease can build remarkable friendships and shared dependence and resilience. Eric G. Frost, Director of the Viz Center and Homeland Security Graduate Program at San Diego State University, shares examples of how this is being done and how it might be applied to current global challenges and opportunities.

Learn more about risks and benefits of alcohol use in older adults from Dr. Alison Moore, Chief, Division of Geriatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Moore discusses alcohol-medication interactions, comorbidity issues, current research and more.

Christopher Bollas, psychoanalyst and writer, asserts that mental life is innately hazardous. The steps we take through childhood are marked by mentally painful episodes that constitute ordinary breakdowns in the self. Adolescence stands as the most painful such period, during which some of the major disturbances of self arise, including anorexia, schizophrenia, bipolarity, and sociopathy. Rather than approaching mental pain as a condition to be ignored, minimized, or suppressed through medication, Bollas examines it as a constitutive element of human psychic development. Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 11/01/2016.

Genetics underlies all cancers. Early-onset cancer, multiple primaries, family history, and ancestry can suggest inherited risk. UCSF Dr. Jocelyn Chapman and genetic counselor Julie Mak explain that genetic testing with multi-gene tests identify inherited risk and can improve early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer. But tests vary widely in quality and scope. Find out what you need to know to make the best decisions about managing complex genetic information. Recorded on 02/28/2017.

Alcohol: The downside of drinking / Can you learn to control your drinking? / Alcohol: Dependency and withdrawal / Bladder Infection: antibiotic-free therapy / Health risk in the mountains / Treating intestinal lesions.

Ari Ne'eman, CEO, MySupport

Medical oncologist Daniel Vicario, co-founder of the San Diego Cancer Center, talks about his pioneering research in integrating Western medicine with ancient healing techniques as he develops comprehensive treatment plans for his patients. In this conversation with Paul J. Mills of UC San Diego, Dr. Vicario gives examples of treatments that have led to a decrease in symptoms, fewer doctor visits and a higher quality of life for those who are responsive to holistic cancer care. Recorded on 03/22/2017.

Drawing on her own experience growing up in the caste system in India, Sudha Shetty channels her compassion for others into research and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and child abduction. As she describes here in a conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, Shetty has helped judges and others in the legal community protect women and children from the unintended consequences of poorly drafted policies.

Treating depression can be a slow process. Even after pinpointing the correct medication, it can still take weeks to take effect. Abraham A. Palmer, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego joins our host Dr. David Granet to discuss his work uncovering of the molecular and cellular underpinnings of depression. Dr. Palmer and his team are exploring how inhibiting the Glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) enzyme can reduce signs of depression. He explains the science behind the discovery and the implications for new, faster-acting treatments.
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