Transforming Our Understanding of Human Health
by Stanford Continuing Studies Program
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During the final quarter of the Stanford Mini Med School, we will address some of the most timely and important topics in contemporary medicine and the biosciences. We will start with an introduction to the immune system and see how it defends us and also defines our biological selves. We will then focus on autoimmunity and degenerative disease (such as arthritis) and take up the complex story of vaccines — such as the H1N1 vaccine — and scientists’ and physicians’ successful and failed efforts to protect us from disease. From here, we will turn our attention to movement and movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease) and then consider important issues of gender, health, and disease, taking time to discuss heart disease, osteoporosis, and the general promotion of health in both sexes. Other major topics surveyed will include: aging, how the aging process works, and what we can do about it, and the always intriguing topic of diet and calories and the consequences of having too many or too few. Finally, we will conclude with a discussion of cancer: what is it, what we are doing about it, how we can diagnose cancer early through imaging at the molecular level, and the promise of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. This course was presented by Stanford's School of Medicine within Stanford's Continuing Studies program.
|1||Video1. The Necessity of the Immune System (March 30, 2010)||David Lewis provides an overview of the human immune system. (March 30, 2010)||6/30/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||Video2. My Aching Joints (April 6, 2010)||Mark Genovese addresses the different types of arthritis and discusses both possible preventative measures as well as treatment. (April 6, 2010)||7/9/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||Video3. Vaccines: Medicine for the Healthy (April 13, 2010)||Harry Greenberg explains how vaccines work to keep humans healthy and answers questions about the risks that can accompany vaccinations. (April 13, 2010)||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||Video4. A Dancer's Perspective on Movement and Parkinson's (April 20, 2010)||Helen Bronte-Stewart discusses human movement and Parkinson's disease, providing details about the neurological activity behind human action. (April 20, 2010)||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||Video5. The Prevention and the Treatment of Obesity (April 27, 2010)||John Morton and Thomas Robinson present two different perspectives on the issue of obesity in the United States. (April 27, 2010)||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||Video6. Longevity and Aging in Humans (May 4, 2010)||Thomas Rando and Anne Brunet provide a general overview on the process and potential prevention of aging. The topics they cover vary from symptoms of aging to unusual characteristics that seem to prolong longevity. (May 4, 2010)||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||Video7. Sex and Gender Differences in Health & Disease (May 11, 2010)||Marcia Stefanick talks about the medical differences between men and women and how the different chemical makeups of the different sexes can affect a person's health and longevity. (May 11, 2010)||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||Video8. Research into Cancer Treatments: Drugs, Antibodies, and Stem Cells (May 18, 2010)||Philip Beachy, Ph.D. and Ron Levy, Ph.D discuss different approaches to cancer therapy, research, and clinical trials, such as drug, antibody, and stem cell therapies. (May 18, 2010)||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||Video9. Early Diagnosis of Cancer: Imaging at the Molecular Level (May 25, 2010)||Dr. Sam Gambhir discusses how nuclear medicine and different imaging techniques can be used to diagnose cancer and other diseases at early stages at the molecular level. (May 25, 2010)||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||Video10. Regenerative Medicine and Applications of Stem Cell Research (June 1, 2010)||Renee Reijo Pera, Ph.D., and Professor Michael Longaker discuss the future of regenerative medicine and the promise that stem cell research holds for this field. (June 1, 2010)||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
Great presentations by very intelligent people
I am very interested in anything medically related. I love listening to these lectures while driving to work and school. While its hard to follow everything, and most of it goes over my head, I still find most of the information very interesting. I especially liked Sam Gambhir's lecture about cancer diagnosis.