Previous Seminars (Archive)

"Alzheimer's disease prevention clinical trials: Taking the next steps responsibly."
- Seminar by Joshua Grill, PhD,
Monday, November 2, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Joshua Grill, PhD,

Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia and is expected to triple in prevalence by 2050, resulting in unsustainable healthcare costs. Treatments that delay diagnosis could reduce disease burden substantially, but primary prevention trials require large samples and extended durations. Secondary prevention trials enroll persons at increased risk for disease and may increase efficiency. This presentation will assess the... read more

Obesity in Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Growing Crisis and Opportunities of Early Intervention
- Seminar by Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD
Monday, October 26, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD

Dramatic improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in childhood have led to a rapidly growing cohort of survivors, now estimated to exceed 420,000. However, this success is associated with the recognition that childhood cancer survivors have significantly elevated risk of premature mortality and serious morbidity related to chronic health conditions that develop at a young age. We have shown that childhood cancer... read more

The Politics of Adequacy: Food, Entitlements, and Everyday Life in Post-Soviet Cuba
- Seminar by Hanna Garth, PhD, MPH
Monday, October 5, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Hanna Garth, PhD, MPH

In this talk I examine how families struggle to maintain a decent quality of life as the socialist welfare state declines in post-Soviet era Cuba. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s and ensuing loss of its most significant trade partner, Cuba entered a period of economic hardship known as the “Special Period.” As the government continues to recover from this recession, cutbacks have been made to the... read more

Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD): Uncharted Territories of Sub-lethal Pesticide Exposure, Toxicity, and Risk Assessment
- Seminar by Chensheng (Alex) Lu, PhD
Friday, October 2, 2015
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Chensheng (Alex) Lu, PhD

The sudden emergence of honeybee colony collapse disorder (CCD) in 2005 has raised the concern of losing bees for pollination in agriculture worldwide. Results from recent research have demonstrated the causal link of neonicotinoids, a group of most commonly used insecticides in the world, to the occurrence of CCD. However, the implication of CCD is beyond the losses of bees and other pollinators. The recent findings suggested a... read more

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