Health

Insights from Parasites

Laura Knoll, Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UW-Madison, discusses immunotherapeutics, the targeted stimulation of an immune response to fight both infectious diseases and cancer. Knoll is developing novel immunotherapeutics by harnessing the natural ability of microbial proteins to stimulate immune responses.

Autism During Adolescence and Adulthood

Leann Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Waisman Center Investigator, shares results from the Adolescents and Adults with Autism study as it relates to approaches for intervention for high school students on the autism spectrum as they transition into adulthood.

Married Couples with Autistic Children

Sigan Hartley, Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Waisman Center, discusses differences in parenting techniques between spouses in families that have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Hartley focuses on the stress parents are dealing with and the adjustments they make.

Behavioral Screening and Intervention

Richard Brown, Professor, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses ways that general healthcare professionals can deliver systematic behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) services to promote healthier behaviors and to better recognize and treat mental health disorders, including addiction.

Community Support to Individuals with Disabilities

Paul White, Director, Community TIES, UW Waisman Center, offers families and their community support teams practical strategies for working with people with disabilities.

Education and Support for Adolescents with Autism

Leann Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Lifespan Family Research, Waisman Center, focuses on strategies to help families care for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Smith discusses the findings of the Transitioning Together Study, an education and support program.

Medication and Behavior Issues in Disabilities

Maria Stanley, Director, Waisman Center Clinics, UW-Madison, discusses behavioral issues that commonly occur in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Stanley provides a brief overview of common behavioral issues and discusses when medications should be considered.

Issues in Genetic Engineering & Food

Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Madison & UW-Extension, discusses how genetic engineering can create disease-resistant crops. Zinnen talks about citrus greening, a disease that is ravaging orange orchards around the world, and how genetic engineering is providing ways to control it, and genetically engineered Golden Rice, which by adding Vitamin A, can help to reduce cases of blindness.

Microbes and Diet, Digestion, and Disease

Greg Richards, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, UW-Parkside, discusses the countless ways microbes help us thrive and survive. Beneficial microorganisms ferment foods such as cheese and yogurt, help with the digestive system by synthesizing vitamins and helping with the absorption of nutrients, and aid our immune systems to fight off diseases.

Affordable Care Act Forum

Carol Koby moderates a panel discussion about the Affordable Care Act and understanding the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace with Lori Compas, WI Business Alliance, Kerry Arent, Appvion, John Meurer, Medical College of WI, José Araujo, Partners for Community Development, and Bill Hanna, WI Dept. of Health Services. Donovan Slack, USA Today/Gannett provides the keynote presentation.

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