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The Microbial Planet

Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW-Madison, discusses the viruses, fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms classified as microbes. Handelsman explains that the study of these pathogens led to an understanding of the immune system, the causes of infectious diseases, and the need for vaccinations.

Early Brain and Child Development

Dipesh Navsaria, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the importance of interactions between child and parents during the first 1,000 days of life. Navsaria focuses on the lifelong impact early adversity has on children and offers suggestions for addressing the issues.

Marketing Medieval Medicine

Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses how medieval medicine and the health care structures established in the Middle Ages laid the foundation for medical education, drug regulations, and the way patients are treated.

Healthcare Access and Reform

Donna Friedsam, Health Policy Programs Director at the UW Population Health Institute, hosts a panel discussion with Greg Nycz, Executive Director of the Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc., and Lisa Peyton-Caire, Assistant Vice President of Life, Learning & Events at Summit Credit Union, discussing healthcare theories, philosophies, and policies.

The Opioid Crisis: A Historical Perspective

June Dahl, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the history of opium and opioid analgesics and their use, the types of opioids that are currently in use and how to manage pain.

You Can Be a Hero: Paired Kidney Exchange

Joshua Mezrich, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UW School of Medicine, discusses the history of transplant surgeries on animals and humans. Mezrich describes how donors are chosen and the risks they face.

Prenatal to Five Summit

Janean Dilworth-Bart, Chair of the Prenatal to Five Initiative at UW-Madison, introduces scholars, early childhood professionals and community members who discuss their work serving children and families in Wisconsin.

Being Access Able: Dealing with Disabilities

Katherine Schneider, Senior Psychologist Emerita in Counseling Service at UW-Eau Claire, discusses the challenges and realities of living with a disability. Schneider offers practical advice for how to be an ally for people with disabilities.

The History and Science of Children with Disabilities

Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the UW Medical School, discusses how children with disabilities were historically treated. Schalick highlights the medical and scientific innovations inspired by the needs of the children.

Vaccine Refusal and Public Health

Malia Jones, Assistant Scientist in the Applied Population Laboratory at UW-Madison, focuses on an increasing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their school aged children. Jones discusses diseases which have been virtually eradicated in the United States but are still active in other countries.


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