Ending the arms race with infectious diseases
Janelle Ayres, Ph.D. - Dr. Ayres's fascinating presentation outlined her ultimate goal to develop treatments for infectious and non-infectious diseases without the need for antibiotics.
Chocolate and Cardiovascular Disease: The Bitter Truth
Pam R. Taub, MD FACC - Dr. Taub discussed cardiovascular disease in women, the risk factors for heart disease, preventive measures for heart disease and the story of chocolate. Presentation slides.
Health & Happiness Symposium
New year, new life! How to better manage stress including the hidden disorder that no one talks about.
The Howell Foundation’s Health and Happiness Series presented its first symposium focused on sources, health consequences and coping skills related to stress. With the key note presentation on Hoarding by Dr. Sanjaya Saxena delivered an in depth understanding of the differences between cluttering and hoarding and the tools to mitigate the stress of dealing with either. We also had the honor of hosting experts who gave us an in-depth perspective on how to manage the stress that derives from this and other sources, including: ‘Using mantram meditation to reduce stress’,with Dr. Jill Bormann, ‘Using Pilates to reduce stress’, with Laura Sepulveda, and ‘Stress and your health: consequences and coping – gender matters,’ with our own Dr. Carole Banka. On-site Massage therapy was provided by the Wellness Institute of America www.TheWellnessInstituteOfAmerica.org
Claudia Kawas, MD and Cheryl Wilson, RN, MA, LNHA - The Howell Foundation celebrated its last luncheon of 2016 with a topic that concerns us all: "Intelligent Aging". We had the honor of hosting two experts that gave us an in-depth perspective on the intelligent steps to take in our aging journey.
Health & Happiness Evening Series
The Happy Map
Hilary Stokes, Ph.D. and Kimberly Ward, Ph.D. - Drs. Stokes and Ward took attendees on a step by step journey to developing the habit of happiness. The novelty that Kim and Hilary bring to the search for happiness is an understanding of the latest neurological research and a method for reprogramming your brain to achieve happiness. CLICK HERE for the presentation slides.
Unlocking the Power of the Genome
Karen Possemato - Genomics is changing human health – in areas such as Food Safety and Supply, Forensics, Genetic Disease Oncology and Reproductive Health. Ms. Possemato gave an overview that covered the basics of genomics, its potential and the impact it is having today. Slides from the from the presentation: Slides 1-25 and Slides 26-50
Simple Lifestyle Changes for Improving Women’s Health
Dorothy D. Sears, Ph.D. - Dr. Sears presented the latest information about how eating patterns and sedentary behavior are associated with the risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. She shared insights from her latest women’s health-focused research and newly-funded projects in these areas.
Understanding the genome 10,000 experiments at a time: applying genomic approaches to understand autoimmune disease in women
Sonia Sharma, PhD - Dr. Sharma's presentation focused on applying genomic approaches to the understanding of autoimmune disease in women. Autoimmune disorders are the third most common cause of disease in Americans, after cancer and cardiovascular disease. There are as many as 80 types of diseases classified as autoimmune and, for reasons largely unclear, women represent 80% of the affected population. CLICK HERE for Dr.Sharma's presentation.
One world, one health
Stanely Maloy, PhD - Infectious diseases are arising at an alarming frequency, making it imperative to understand where emerging diseases come from and why. Although the health of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably interconnected, practices in human and veterinary medicine rarely recognize these linkages. Dr. Maloy presented how the "One Health" initiative integrates these three disciplines to develop upstream approaches to prevent disease.
The promise of the microbiome in human gastrointestinal health
Sarah K. Highlander, PhD - Dr. Highlander's presentation focused on how studies of the gastrointestinal tract in particular are allowing us to better understand the role of microbes in educating the immune system, response to infectious agents, and in diseases such as gastrointestinal cancers, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and various autoimmune disease conditions. Dr. Highlander's PowerPoint slides 1-10 and 11-21.
Bone Up: What you need to know about Osteoporosis in 2015
Heather Hofflich, DO, FACE - Dr. Hofflich presented new concepts in diagnosis, treatment, and fracture prevention strategies for Osteoporosis. 5-28-15 PowerPoint Slides
Telemedicine – Bridging the gap between humans and machines
Todd Coleman, Ph.D. - Dr. Coleman's presentation focused on merging the most recent wireless technologies to medical care. Read more about his lecture here.
Parkinson’s Disease: The Road Ahead
Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C, Jeanne F. Loring, Ph.D., James R. Paterniti, Ph.D., Goldie Sinegal - The panel presented and discussed topics related to the research advancements currently being conducted, the efforts of the Parkinson’s Disease Association to continue funding Parkinson’s Disease research, testimony from a Parkinson’s patient, the latest in treatment, and a caregiver’s perspective on the challenges of providing care for a Parkinson’s Disease patient. Click here for more info.
Health & Happiness Evening Series
Depression vs. Sadness...Learning to Know the Differences
Christina Zampitella, FT, Psy.D. - Dr. Zampitella presented the skills to be able to distinguish sadness from depression, identify when professional help is needed, determine when sadness or depression is improving and how to improve hope while decreasing sadness or depression.
The Unmentionables: What Every Woman Should Know About Pelvic Health
Emily Lukacz, M.D., M.A.S. - Dr. Lukacz discussed the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the common pelvic disorders, incontinence and prolapse. Her talk focused on both conservative and surgical treatment options for women faced with incontinence and prolapse including behavioral approaches to treatment.
Nutrition: A Novel Approach to Pain Management
Robert Bonakdar, M.D. - Examined the current body of science on pain and diet. Included discussion of nutritional factors that may exacerbate pain, approaches for reversing this as well as diet and supplement prescriptions for optimizing pain and related symptoms.
Health and Happiness Evening Series
An Integrative Approach to Stress Management: Reducing Stress & Increasing Happiness
Tahir Bhatti, M.D., Integrative Psychiatrist and Wellness Physician, UCSD
Carole Banka, Ph.D., Dept. of Medicine, UCSD
Presented the concept of “relational wellness” influences stress management and how “Western” and “complimentary” medicine can be integrated to reduce stress for men and women.
Materials presented: 3-18-14 PowerPoint slides
The meal you miss could save your life: How intermittent fasting may extend health-span
Roberta Gottlieb, M.D. - Dr. Gottlieb presented the latest research on the relationship between fasting and the benefits that ultimately lead not only to a healthier life, but a longer one.
Materials presented at this lecture: PowerPoint presentation slides 1-20 PowerPoint slides 21-43.
The Latest Update on Breast Cancer and Reconstruction
Anne Wallace, M.D. - Presented a compelling review of the latest advances in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and reconstructive surgery.
Health and Happiness Evening Series
An Evening of Flow & Mindfulness: Powerful Tools for Increasing Your Happiness
John Coffey, MA, MSW, PhD - "Flow" is the state of intense focus. The presentation included how to create more opportunities to experience "Flow" in your life. Materials presented: Flow-Finding Optimal Experience in Daily Life
Steven Hickman, PsyD - "Mindfulness" is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment - and accepting it without judgement. This presentation included learning practices for increasing Mindfulness in your daily life. Center for Mindfulness, UCSD. Materials presented: Mindfulness at the Heart of Healing
Recent Advances in Management of Lung Cancer
Ajay Sandhu, MD, DMRT - Dr. Sandhu discussed new and innovative technology which offers remarkably effective and incredibly safe treatment for patients with early stage lung cancer.
The Road to a Gene Therapy for Heart Disease and Beyond: You Got to Know When to Fold ‘Um
Christopher Glembotski, Ph.D. - Researchers in Dr. Glembotski’s group recently discovered that heart disease damages proteins in the heart, causing them to misfold, resulting in life threatening losses of heart tissue and function. This protein misfolding is similar to what happens in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.
Sample of presentation materials presented at this lecture: The Road to a Gene Therapy for Heart Disease and Beyond
How to Prevent Bone Loss
Shirin Hooshmand, Ph.D. - Presentation on which certain functional foods as whole, fractionated, or isolated forms prevent and/or reverse bone loss.
Materials presented at this lecture: How To Prevent Bone Loss
September and November, 2012
Intentional Happiness: Current Research and Practical Tools for Increasing Happiness
Peg Neuhauser, Kristin Layous and Katie Nelson - This lively and informative series focused on research that is shedding new light on why individual happiness levels vary and what a person can do to increase her happiness level.
Materials presented at this event: Session 1 powerpoint and Session 2 powerpoint and Research Articles.
The New Normal: Navigating a Hospital Visit in the 21st Century
Marguerite Parzen, R.N., G.N.P. and H. Elizabeth Noll, M.D. - A panel of experts educated the audience on the critical factors you need to know to navigate a hospital visit in today’s medical arena.
Materials presented at this lecture: Planning for the Best Hospitalization
and Electronic Health Record Powerpoint
Gut Health, Nutrition and Well-being
Vijaya Pratha, M.D. - Overview of the critical functions of the digestive tract in processing, absorbing and detoxifying our food.
Update on Pancreatic Cancer: Are we making any progress?
Michael Bouvet, M.D., FACS - The symptoms and factors thought to contribute, and current research strategies as well as novel techniques for intraoperative imaging.
Migraine and Vestibular Migraine in Women
Ian M. Purcell, M.D., Ph.D. - A discussion of migraine headaches, the pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria, and treatment.
How Do We Treat Ovarian Cancer in the Genomic Age?
Stephen Howell, M.D. - How individualized treatment for patients is being explored via The Cancer Genome Atlas Project.
Myths of Osteoarthritis
Gregg Middleton, M.D. - Overview of different types of arthritis, the myths and causes of osteoarthritis, what can be done to help people have less pain, better function, and an improved quality of life.
Type 2 Diabetes, An Emerging Epidemic
Lynn Hedrick, Ph.D. - Discussion on how diabetes accelerates vascular processes leading to heart attacks, and also the impact of gender on cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Women and Heart Disease - Gender Matters
Carole Banka, Ph.D. - More women than men die of heart disease in the U.S. This presentation explored the reasons for the gender discrepancy, the symptoms & the treatment and life style changes and easy adjustments that women can adopt to lower their risk.
Autism - Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together
Joan M. Reese, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, Robert M. Gray, Ph.D., Beth Calarco, M.S., B.C.B.A., and Gigi Benter - The myths and the realities explored by four experts.
Stem Cell Biology -- A Key to Regenerative Medicine
Evan Snyder, M.D. - The study of stem cell biology will provide insights into many areas: developmental biology, homeostasis in the normal adult, and recovery from injury.
Advances in Gynecologic Technologies; A Minimally Invasive Approach to Women
David Harari, M.D. - Presentation on how doctors can now operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions and hastening recovery time.