Brian Parks, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the relationship between genetics and a predisposition to obesity. Parks focuses on the protein leptin which can help to regulate food intake.
Kathleen Glass, Associate Director at the Food Research Institute at UW-Madison, provides an overview of foodborne illnesses, focusing on listeria monocytogenes. Glass explains where listeria comes from, how it can get into fresh produce, how to test for it and how to control it.
David Watts, Associate Professor of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses what he has learned over the past thirty years as a geriatrician. Watts shares his perspective on physical activity, Medicare, electronic records, pharmaceutical advertising, death and dying.
Ruth Litovsky, Professor of Surgery/Otolaryngology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, shares ongoing research into the electrical stimulation of the ear in people with hearing loss. Litovsky discusses the progress and challenges of cochlear implants in patients ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly.
Angela Flickinger, Family Living Educator at UW-Extension Rock County, introduces a StrongWoman™ training program designed by Dr. Miriam Nelson and Rebecca Seguin of Tufts University. Flickinger leads the participants in strength training exercises designed to maintain fitness and to increase both strength and bone density.
Heidi Beckman, Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Health Psychology at UW Health, explores the challenges of living with chronic illness. Beckman discusses the phases of the chronic illness journey and offers suggestions for managing the disease.
University of Wisconsin Extension experts in horticulture and nutrition education join to discuss how to address the nutritional needs of the community through farmers markets. The panel provides information about the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program which enables vendors to accept FoodShare and Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) payments.
University of Wisconsin Extension Family Living, 4-H, Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program and the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network specialists report on their work to provide nutritional information to families and youth and to encourage increased activity levels.
Tim Juergens, Director of the Comprehensive Sleep Program at the William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital, and Michael Messina, Director of the PTSD Clinical Team at the William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital, discuss trauma and traumatic brain injury focusing on ways veterans are affected in civilian and military life.
Robin Goldman, Assistant Scientist at the Center for Investigating Health Minds at the Waisman Center, joins UW Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri to focus on factors which lead to emotional well-being.