Health & Medicine

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Beyond THC: Cannabidiol (CBD) and the Future of Medical Marijuana

Wed, Mar 6 2013 - 6:00pm

Beyond THC: Cannabidiol and the Future of Medical Marijuana

Martin A. Lee, Author, Smoke Signals

Cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive component of marijuana, has extraordinary therapeutic qualities, claims Lee. Discover the various molecular mechanisms through with CBD exerts its effects as an anticonvulsant, antipsychotic and neuro-protective compound. Read more »

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How Frugal Innovation Is Reviving the US Economy

Fri, Mar 1 2013 - 12:00pm

How Frugal Innovation Is Reviving the U.S. Read more »

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How to Keep All the Important Balls in the Air

Tue, Feb 19 2013 - 6:00pm

How to Keep All the Important Balls in the Air

Linda Hawes Clever, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs, Stanford University School of Medicine; Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; Author, The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and Life

Juggling can be exhilarating and exhausting – and dangerous. Many of us have become adept at keeping several balls in the air at once. Read more »

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Jack Gallant: Reverse-Engineering the Human Brain

Mon, Jan 28 2013 - 6:00pm

Jack Gallant: Reverse-Engineering the Human Brain

Jack Gallant, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley

The human brain is the most sophisticated computer system known to man, capable of impressive feats under challenging natural conditions. Reverse-engineering the brain might enable us to design artificial systems with the same capabilities. Gallant’s laboratory uses a data-driven approach to tackle this reverse-engineering problem. Read more »

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Fat Chance: beating the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease

Thu, Jan 24 2013 - 6:00pm

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease

Robert H. Read more »

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Dr. Nora Volkow: Working To Eliminate Addiction

Mon, Jan 14 2013 - 6:00pm

Nora Volkow: Working to Eliminate Addiction

M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

Addiction affects 23.2 million Americans. The head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse believes that all addictions can be eliminated if the brain’s receptors can be controlled. She will explain her groundbreaking work and the amazing personal story that has allowed her, as the great-granddaughter of famed Russian dissident Leon Trotsky, to achieve her current prominence. Read more »

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Sophie Delaunay: Doctors Without Borders and the Necessity of Compromise

Tue, Oct 30 2012 - 6:00pm

Doctors Without Borders and the Necessity of Compromise

Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States

The Nobel Prize-winning organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières negotiates life-and-death issues for people in need, but this humanitarian space is also “negotiating space,” where compromise is not only inevitable but necessary. In the current context, is it getting more difficult to reach compromises – and who decides what is an acceptable compromise? Read more »

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George M. Church: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

Tue, Oct 30 2012 - 12:00pm

George M. Church: Regenesis — How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Lipper Center for Computational Genetics

Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired - Moderator

We eat genetically engineered foods, take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars using fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. The rise of synthetic biology marks a fundamental transformation in the relationship between biology and nature. Read more »

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God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

Wed, Oct 17 2012 - 6:00pm

God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

Victoria Sweet, M.D., Author, God's Hotel Read more »

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Spillover: The Rise of New Global Disease Epidemics

Wed, Oct 10 2012 - 6:00pm

Spillover: The Rise of New Viral Disease Epidemics

David Quammen, Science, Nature and Travel Writer; Author, Spillover

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it could threaten a worldwide pandemic. The bugs that transmit some of these serious infectious diseases share one thing: They originate in wild animals and pass ailments to humans by a process called spillover. Read more »

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