Health Lecture Series Luncheons

Scheduled Luncheons for 2019: 

Remaining luncheon date, topic to be determined: November 14, 2019.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - "The Pelvic Biome"

The speaker for this event will be Linda Brubaker, M.D. - Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSD. more info

Friday, May 10, 2019 - "Why Palliative Medicine Must Become Mainstream"

This event featured guest speaker Dr. Hoefer, Chief Medical Officer, Outpatient Palliative Care Program, at Sharp Healthcare. Dr. Hoefer made the case that palliative care is no longer just the responsibility of specialists in geriatrics but is important for all specialties in medicine. 

Friday, February 8, 2019 - "Women and Diabetes: Use of digital technologies in diabetes care"

This kickoff event for 2019 featured guest speaker Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD.  Dr. Philis-Tsimikas, MD is the Corporate Vice President of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute at Scripps Health and the Director of Community Engagement at Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego, California. 


Recent Past Luncheons (2018):

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - “Dementia: perspectives, progress and promise'”

This luncheon included guest speakers Amy Borenstein, PhD and Pamela Maher, PhD. Dr. Borenstein is Professor of Epidemiology at UC-San Diego. Dr. Borenstein described dementia and its major subtypes as well as the most important risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer's disease. She also discussed ongoing trials of antibodies against the Alzheimer protein beta-amyloid as well as lifestyle changes that may delay the onset of the disease to later ages.  Dr. Maher is a Senior Staff Scientist at The Salk Institute. Dr. Maher discussed the rationale behind the Salk Institute's approach to the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of AD. She provided examples of the use of this approach, and summarize where research is right now and what she hopes to accomplish in the future.

Friday, August 17, 2018 - “Addiction: it’s not just drugs and alcohol”

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross addressed multiple addictions, the common factors and novel remedies. Dr. Ross maintains private practices in Denver and San Diego using both western and complimentary medicine to treat a wide array of addictions. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Advanced Tissue Therapies - Progress in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Benjamin Shepherd presented the latest and most innovative developments in using cultured human tissues for vital organ transplantation. Dr. Shepherd is Senior Director of Therapeutics at Organovo.

Friday, February 9, 2018 - Latest advances in medical and surgical treatment of heart disease

As February was "Go Red for Women" month, we were excited to welcome guest speaker Anthony De Maria, MD - Judith and Jack White Chair of Cardiology and Founding Director of the UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. 



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