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.
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.
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.
Matthew Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Frances Kissling, Founder, Catholics for Free Choice, join panel moderator Mark Brown, Senior Fellow, WIPPS, to debate policy questions relating to the Affordable Care Act. This discussion focuses on the federal mandate requiring health care insurance to cover the cost of contraception and its impact on religious freedom.
Maureen Durkin, Professor, Population Health Sciences & Pediatrics, UW-Madison, presents an update on trends in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder. Durkin looks at risk factors including pregnancy complications, parental age, birth order, gene mutations, socioeconomic status and comorbid disabilities.
Joan Ershler, Director, Waisman Early Childhood Program, UW-Madison, discusses strategies focusing on the needs of Down Syndrome children in early education programs. Ershler offers research based suggestions for meaningful inclusion and good teaching practices for young children.
Jack Nitschke, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Psychology, UW-Madison, explores using brain imaging to better understand anxiety and how to treat it. Nitschke introduces the Uncertainty and Anticipation Model of Anxiety (UAMA), and presents data for a range of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sherry Tanumihardjo, Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison, discusses the advantages to eating Orange Maize. This variety of corn provides a significant amount of Vitamin A which, if it became a staple of their diet, could help to decrease the occurrence of blindness in the world’s poorest children.
Brad Christian, Associate Professor, Medical Physics, UW-Madison, explores the relationship between adults who have Down Syndrome and the extremely high risk factor they have of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Katie Williams, Pediatric Resident, Medical School, UW-Madison, discusses the updated American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) health supervision guidelines for the care of children with Down Syndrome. Revised in 2011, the AAP offers guidance for primary care providers in caring for these medically complex children.