Health Lecture Series Luncheons

Scheduled Luncheons for 2018: 

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

Carolyn Coker Ross, M.D. will address 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. 


Recent Past Luncheons (2017):

Friday, February 3, 2017 - Chocolate and Cardiovascular Disease: The “Bitter” Truth

This event featured guest speaker Pam Taub, M.D. from UCSD. The event was held at the La Jolla Country Club.  More info

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Ending the arms race with infectious diseases

The event featured guest speaker Janelle Ayres, Ph.D. from the Salk Institute. The event was held at Morgan Run Club & Resort. Dr, Ayres's fascinating presentation outlined her ultimate goal to develop treatments for infectious and non-infectious diseases without the need for antibiotics. More info

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Cannabis: the good, the bad, the myths and the reality.

The event featured guest speakers Igor Grant, M.D. and Susan Tapert, Ph.D. from UCSD's Department of Psychiatry. With the passage of Proposition 64 legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California last November, it seemed timely to hear about research surrounding this issue. Dr. Grant discussed his research on clinical use of cannabis. Dr. Tapert addressed the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. More info

Friday, August 25, 2017 - Improving the snooze: Sleeping better as we age.

Are you bothered by trouble sleeping?  Dr. Andrea LaCroix, Professor and Chief of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD, spoke about how sleep changes as we age, the problems that women experience with sleep in midlife and beyond, and the ways we are learning to improve sleep without using sedative and hypnotic drugs.  More info

Friday, November 3, 2017 - Be Better Fed: Fasting, Fats, and Plant-based) Food

Our guest speakers for this event were Dr. Meg Richman, Dr. Carole Banka and Abigail D'Agostino, RN. Guests learned more about the latest in nutrition research from our three speakers. A convincing case was made for eliminating animal-based foods from your diet or even cutting down. Tips were provided for incorporating longer fasts into your regimen allowing your body to “clean up” while taking a break from digestion. And, if you make only one change based on the presentations, eliminate any food that is processed to be “low fat,” “reduced fat,” “light” or “lite.” These foods all have sugar added to replace the fat. More info



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