Wisconsin Responds to Avian Influenza

Darlene Konkle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discusses the state and federal responses to the avian influenza in Wisconsin. Konkle shares the timeline of events, the elements of an emergency animal-disease response and the lessons learned in dealing with this highly pathogenic incident.

Prostate Cancer Drugs for Memory Loss

Craig Atwood, Research Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, UW School of Medicine, examines the results of a study which indicates that the combination of the drug therapies Aricept and Lubpron Depot could stabilize memory loss in women who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Avian Influenza

Kelli Engen, Public Health Officer, Barron County, and Tim Jergenson, Agricultural Agent, Barron County, UW-Extension, discuss the impact of the avian influenza on the Wisconsin poultry industry and on human health. This April and May 2015 occurrence resulted in the loss of a million chickens and turkeys.

Pediatric Transplants

Lainie Friedman Ross, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago, examines the decision process used to determine whether a pediatric transplant should come from a live or deceased source.

The Need for Hospital Ethics Committees

John Robertson, Vinson & Elkins Chair, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin, discusses three major episodes in the development of hospital ethics committees and how the ethics committees have moved back and forth between an advisory role and a legal authority.

Controversies in Whole Genome Sequencing

Ellen Wright Clayton, Professor, Law and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, questions the trend toward patients requesting genetic testing and cautions against the use of that information for things that weren’t originally being tested. Genomes change over the course of a lifetime because of environmental and health factors.

Abuse Prevention in Down Syndrome

Susan Heighway, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Waisman Center Clinics, provides strategies and reviews issues and concerns about sexuality, abuse prevention and social relationships with people with Down Syndrome.

Growth Attenuation and Disabled Children

Douglas Diekema, Professor, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, delves into the medical and ethical issues surrounding a young disabled girl with precocious puberty and her parents’ request to stop her development.

Community Support to People with Down Syndrome

Paul White, Director, Community TIES Program, Waisman Center, offers an overview of practical, behavioral strategies for families and community support teams to consider for people with Down Syndrome.

Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome

Julie Gamradt, Director, Communication Aids and Systems Clinic, Waisman Center, and Shannon Theis, Senior Clinical Speech Pathologist, Waisman Center Clinics, discuss speech and language development strategies for children with Down Syndrome. Included in the toolkit are the use of iPads and apps.


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