How McArdle Scientists Found the Causes of Cancer

Bill Sugden, Professor of Oncology, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, discusses cancer research undertaken by Howard Temin, Jim and Bette Miller in the mid-20th century. This research provided much of our understanding of how chemicals are metabolized in cells to contribute to the development of cancer.

The U.S. Campaign Against Psychosurgery

Jenell Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, focuses on the campaign led by psychiatrist Peter Breggin to stop the use of psychosurgery as a means of curbing violent behavior. The controversy cummulated in congressional hearings, legislation and the formation of a federal commission.

The Science of Sports

Cassandra Vanderwall, Clinical Nutritionist, UW Hospital and Clinics, Shilagh Mirgain, Senior Psychologist, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, UW-Madison, and Jen Sanfilippo, UW-Madison Athletic Department, discuss what it takes to become a performance level athlete.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande, Author, Surgeon, Professor, Harvard Medical School, joins Anne Strainchamps,
Executive Producer and Host, Wisconsin Public Radio, in a conversation about death and dying. Gawande addresses the goal of providing a better quality of life for the patient and their family with a focus on maintaining the dignity of the patient up to the end.

Bone Attacks and Vitamin D

Neil Binkley, Professor, Geriatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the role of vitamin D in the development of osteoporosis and sarcopenia as we age. Binkley explores whether vitamin D is the fountain of youth and how much is enough.

Response to Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care

Kristen Felten, Dementia Specialist, Office of Aging, Wisconsin Department of Health Services discusses recent court cases in Wisconsin which resulted in a statewide plan to care for individuals with dementia who become involved in the crisis response system. The Dept. of Health Services has launched a public policy initiative to redesign the system of caring for people with dementia.

Cancer Stem Cells Model Brain Tumor Treatments

Paul Clark, Assistant Scientist, Brain Tumor Research Laboratory, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explains how the cancer stem cell model can be applied to develop novel therapies for brain tumor treatments.

The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine

Erika Janik, Author, Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine, shares stories of popular alternative medical cures in 19th century America. Janik discusses remedies which challenged mainstream medical practices and which drew support from such notables as Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Charles Darwin.

A Wisconsin Heart Transplant

Walter Goodman, Recipient, Heart Transplant, Maryl Johnson, Director, Heart Failure Clinic, UW Hospital and Clinics, Casey Phelps, RN, UW Organ and Tissue Donation, Lucian Lozonschi, Surgical Director, UW Heart Transplant Program, and Meredith Leigh, Mother of Donor, Henry Mackaman, share the steps leading to Goodman’s heart transplant.

Medicine and Superstition in Ancient Greece

James McKeown, Professor, Department of Classics, UW-Madison, explores the medical beliefs held by the ancient Greeks. While much of what they believed still holds true today, some of their beliefs fall into a gray area between fact and fantasy.


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