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Is there a science of the soul? Does how we think about the brain define how we think about ourselves? Patricia Churchland, B. Phil., LLD (hon), Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy at UC San Diego, joins William Mobley, MD, PhD for a deeper look at the connections between neuroscience and philosophy.

Historically, neurosurgeons have had little information available to help navigate through the brain during surgery. New technologies are now allowing them to design more direct trajectories to brain tumors as well safely remove more of the tumor minimizing damage to healthy brain tissue. Dr. Clark Chen joins Dr. David Granet to explain how tractography and performing surgery in the MRI are improving patient outcomes.

From early efforts to landmark legislation and increased public awareness, progress in recognizing, treating and assisting people with developmental disabilities has progressed over the years. Dr. Lucy Crain, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford and UCSF, outlines events since 1874 and the types of developmental disabilities. Recorded on 12/04/2014.

Bruce W. Hollis, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina, identifies the key components that need to be adhered to in nutrient studies as well as how these components influence study outcomes. Robert P. Heaney, MD, Creighton University, examines the critical design features and standard frameworks for vitamin D studies. Recorded on 12/10/2014.

Most people would be surprised to learn that what a caller reports and what an emergency responder finds are often completely different. Dispatchers are the "Time Zero" responders who can correctly interpret a caller's report into a coherent, timely and effective response. Learn the ins and outs of these calls and how to best help an emergency dispatcher reach their goal of "right response, right location, right every time". Recorded on 02/12/2015.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize eating more foods from plants, such as vegetables and beans, whole grains, and nuts. Learn more about health benefits of choosing a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables from Katherine Richman, MD, Medical Director of Thornton Radiology and Clinical Professor of Radiology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

James Hynds, PhD, discusses the ethics of futile life-sustaining treatments in pediatrics. Recorded on 12.05.2014.

Paul Offit, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia gives a spare and chilling account of the 1991 Philadelphia Measles epidemic and the measures taken by the city to stop it.

Surgeon and historian Jack C. Fisher sits down with Dr. David Granet to discuss the controversial history of silicone medical devices - including breast implants. Though the fear surrounding their usage was unwarranted and not based in scientific fact, battles waged about their safety and government regulation followed suit. Dr. Fisher argues that regulatory policy should rely on valid science and not on the fear of risk. Recorded on 04/17/2015.

Warren J. Gasper, MD; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery; UCSF Recorded on 04/18/2015.

UCSF cardiologist Dr. Gregory Marcus covers the basic mechanisms underlying atrial fibrillation - an irregular, often rapid heart rate. He discusses the consequences of the disease, and the various therapies available for treatment. Gregory is the Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Cardiology at UCSF. Recorded on 06/03/2015.

Researchers at RWTH Aachen University have developed what they say is the world's smallest, fully implantable artificial heart, and believe it should be ready for clinical use within three years. There's a huge need for artificial hearts, because donor organs for cardiac patients are in short supply. Called the Reinheart, the new implant is designed to last for many years. It also functions without any transcutaneous external tubes or cables, which reduces the risk of contracting potentially deadly infections.

Not since 1965 has there been a more significant overhaul of the American healthcare system. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act comes a reshaping of the industry. As a result of these major changes, new opportunities emerge-opportunities to contribute in a meaningful field that is expanding quickly. Hear from industry experts and accomplished instructors who will help us understand the latest trends, identify the most promising fields, and pursue new career pathways. Recorded on 09/10/2015.

The four-part HIV/SIDA series follows UC San Diego epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee, psychologist Tom Patterson and their binational team of doctors, researchers, medical students and outreach workers as they document the spread of HIV in Tijuana. Starting at El Bordo in the Tijuana River Canal and moving to the clinics at Prevencasa, the Las Memorias AIDS hospice and then inside the Tijuana Police Academy, this series shows their efforts to treat and prevent HIV infection among high risk groups, including people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender women and men who have sex with men. Also featured are photographs and stories of those impacted by HIV, as portrayed by Malcolm Linton and Jon Cohen in their book, "Tomorrow Is a Long Time." The series concludes with an assessment of what it would take to end HIV/AIDS in Tijuana. Funding for the book and series was provided by the Ford Foundation.
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