Linda Baumann, School of Nursing, UW-Madison.
Linda Baumann presents an overview of diabetes epigenetics, the interaction of genetics, food and physical environments, which may explain the worldwide increase of this condition. Baumann discusses physical complications and mortality rates in developing countries where there is limited or no access to medications and testing supplies.
Dr. Thomas Schlenker, MD, Director of Dane County/City of Madison Public Health
Paul Soglin, Former Mayor, City of Madison
Director of Madison Public Health, Dr. Thomas Schlenker, and the former Mayor both address most dramatic decline in African-American infant mortality rates in Madison history. The decline took place between 2000 and 2007.
Stephanie Whitehorse and Giri Venkataramana introduce Bhavna Sharma, Eyleen Chou, and Paul Fossum, three engineers who are working on revolutionizing housing in developing communities as well as improving the living conditions in third world countries while promoting efficient use of resources all around the world.
Bruce Christensen Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, UW-Madison
Professor Bruce Christensen presents his research of the relationship between mosquito vectors and the parasitic etiologic agents require for the natural transmission of vector born diseases. He discusses the biology of mosquitoes, the different types, and the diseases they spread in New Guinea.
Claire Wendlan, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UW-Madison
Claire Wendlan explains the current situation with HIV in southern Africa through her own research as well as the research of others. She works on medical education with doctors, nurses, and midwives in Africa as well as studies the epidemic of maternal death in Malawi.
Lindsey Moser, Research Assistant, Department of Medical Microbiology, UW-Madison
Lindsey Moser gives a detailed background of toxoplasma gondii, explains why it is being studied, and explores why it is such a successful parasite. She is a research assistant currently working to develop a model to study the sexual forms of this pathogen in the lab.
Jonathan Patz, Professor & Director of Global Environmental Health, UW-Madison
Professor Jonathan Patz speaks about his research regarding the health effect of global environmental changes.
Susan Lederer Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison. Lederer examines how the myth and metaphor of "Frankenstein" articulate the human dilemma of modern science. She offers a historical overview of scientific research from Shelley's day, when the smallpox vaccination revolutionized immunology, to today's cutting-edge scientific developments.
Brenda Gonzalez Deputy Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New Routes to Community Health is a new approach for improving the health of immigrants through immigrant-created media. The program is grounded in the belief that everyone in society benefits when immigrants get help to live healthy, productive lives.
David Van Sickle, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Populatoin Health Sciences, UW-Madison
David Van Sickle shares years of research on asthma, focusing on the development of a new device that would attach to an inhaler and track where and when the inhaler has been used.