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Event Archive

February, 2020

Top Women's Health Stories of the Year

Christina Chambers, PhD
Andrea LaCroix, PhD
Cynthia Stuenkel, MD

This event featured guest speakers

Christina Chambers, PhD – Professor of Pediatrics and Co-Director of the
Center for Better Beginnings, UCSD

Andrea LaCroix, PhD – Distinguished Professor and Chief of Epidemiology, Director, Women’s Health Center of Excellence, UCSD

Cynthia Stuenkel, MD – Clinical Professor of Medicine Founding member and Past President of the North American Menopause Society, UCSD

For more information please see the speaker slides below.

The top research projects that will impact --and inspire-- women’s health well into the new decade.

The top research projects that will impact --and inspire-- women’s health well into the new decade.

For the first luncheon of 2020, the Howell Foundation hosted three experts in the field of women’s health research. The…

November, 2019

Latest Research on Metastatic Breast Cancer

Brooke Emerling, PhD
Rebecca Shatsky, MD

This event featured guest speakers Brooke Emerling, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cancer Metabolism and Signaling-Networks Program, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and Rebecca A. Shatsky, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, and Dr. Linda Brubaker, Clinical Professor, Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Health Sciences at UCSD.  

August, 2019

Urine Trouble: Women’s Bladder Health and the Urinary Microbiome

Linda Brubaker, MD

This event featured guest speaker Dr. Linda Brubaker, Clinical Professor, Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Health Sciences at UCSD.  Her presentation “Urine Trouble: Women’s Bladder Health and the Urinary Microbiome”  explained the facts about the conditions that lead to a urinary tract infection and new treatment being developed to keep our urobiome healthy. 

Urinary Tract Infections: New research leading to new cures.

Urinary Tract Infections: New research leading to new cures.

In August, the Howell Foundation hosted Dr. Linda Brubaker, a board-certified urogynecologist who specializes in treating adult women with recurrent…

May, 2019

Why Palliative Medicine Must Become Mainstream

Daniel Hoefer, MD

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. He explained why over-treatment is a deadly disease and all the things that can compromise a patient’s well-being during a hospital admission.

Bringing gero palliative care into today’s healthcare system: changing the paradigm by changing the metrics.

Bringing gero palliative care into today’s healthcare system: changing the paradigm by changing the metrics.

In May, the Howell Foundation hosted Dr. Daniel Hoefer.  His palliative care presentation “Why Palliative Medicine Must Become Mainstream” provided…

February, 2019

Women and Diabetes: Use of digital technologies in diabetes care

Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD.

This event featured guest speaker Dr. Philis-Tsimikas, 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

Community trailblazer discusses the state of affairs in diabetes management and care: encouraging but with work still to be done.

Community trailblazer discusses the state of affairs in diabetes management and care: encouraging but with work still to be done.

The Howell Foundation hosted Dr. Athena Philis-Tsimikas, as the key note speaker for the first luncheon of the year. An…

November, 2018

Dementia: perspectives, progress and promise

Amy Borenstein, PhD,
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 summarized where research is right now and what she hopes to accomplish in the future.

Have you registered?  November 7th “Dementia: perspectives, progress and promise."

Have you registered? November 7th “Dementia: perspectives, progress and promise."

Even though Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, it is also a complication of Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s…

August, 2018

Addiction: it’s not just drugs and alcohol

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD

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. 

Are you addicted?

Are you addicted?

  How does one become addicted? Does addiction start with a bad habit? What happens in our brain when we…

June, 2018

Health & Happiness Evening Series

Improving Benefits and Reducing Harms from Breast Cancer Screening: The WISDOM Trial

Barbara A Parker, MD,
Andrea Z. LaCroix, PhD
Lisa Madlensky, PhD
 

In support of the WISDOM (Women Informed to Screen Depending On Measures of risk) trial, the event focused on informing the audience about current breast screening technologies, and the research currently being conducted to establish the guidelines based on personal history and genetics.  Hosting three renowned specialists in the areas of oncology, epidemiology and genetic testing, the objective was to inform the San Diego community about the latest research being conducted regarding breast cancer screening guidelines, their efficacy, and the steps required to provide women with accurate, personalized prevention processes that effectively diagnose and treat breast cancer on an individualized basis.

An Oncologist, a Geneticist and an Epidemiologist walk into a bar…

 

Wisdom Study, risk assessment and the role genetics play in breast cancer screening.

Wisdom Study, risk assessment and the role genetics play in breast cancer screening.

Lisa Madlensky, Ph.D During the Howell Foundation’s Evening Series in June, Dr. Madlensky discussed the genetic perspective of breast cancer…
Breast Cancer Screening and the Wisdom Study: How can we address the controversy? Top things to know about breast cancer screening today

Breast Cancer Screening and the Wisdom Study: How can we address the controversy? Top things to know about breast cancer screening today

Andrea LaCroix, Ph.D “There are many different guidelines by different organizations, and this adds a lot of confusion for women…
Making history with the WISDOM Trial: Because when women come together, beautiful things happen.

Making history with the WISDOM Trial: Because when women come together, beautiful things happen.

  Precision Medicine Initiative: “A one-size fits all approach to prevention and early detection of breast cancer is not optimal…

May, 2018

Advanced Tissue Therapies - Progress in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Benjamin Shepherd, PhD
 
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.

Joining Engineering and Medicine: Encouraging yet Challenging! What you need to know about the future of Regenerative Medicine.

Joining Engineering and Medicine: Encouraging yet Challenging! What you need to know about the future of Regenerative Medicine.

During the Howell Foundation luncheon in May, the audience was taken once again to the world of futuristic medicine with…

February, 2018

Latest Advances in Medical and Surgical Treatment of Heart Disease

Anthony De Maria, MD

Dr. Anthony De Maria, Judith and Jack White Chair of Cardiology and Founding Director of the UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, presented the latest advances in medical and surgical treatment of heart disease. 

A glimpse into the future of heart disease

A glimpse into the future of heart disease

In February, the Howell Foundation was honored to have Dr. Anthony De Maria present the latest advances in medical and…

2017 Speakers

November, 2017

Be Better Fed: Fasting, Fats and (Plant Based) Food

Speakers Panel:

Katherine (Meg) Richman, MD, FACR

“Healthy, (Nutrient) Wealthy, Wise: The Benefits of Plant-based Nutrition to Prevent Cancer, Osteoporosis, & Dementia”

Abigail D’Agostino, RN, BSN, MBA

“Fasting: to eat or not to eat (and when), those are the questions!”

Carole L. Banka, PhD 

“In Defense of Fats”

As National Nutrition Month comes to an end, the 5 things you can start doing to eat healthier!

As National Nutrition Month comes to an end, the 5 things you can start doing to eat healthier!

Time and time again we have been told that going back to the basics of nutrition IS the healthiest action…

August, 2017

Improving the snooze: Sleeping better as we age

Andrea Z. LaCroix, PhD. 

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.

Springing forward all year long:  It's not about losing an hour of sleep, rather learning how to sleep to find your health!

Springing forward all year long: It's not about losing an hour of sleep, rather learning how to sleep to find your health!

In August 2107, our very own Dr. Andrea LaCroix presented the health benefits of learning how to sleep during the Howell…

May, 2017

Cannabis: the good, the bad, the myths and the reality

Igor Grant, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
Susan F. Tapert, Ph.D. 

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. 

Dazed and Confused: The Myths and Realities of the use of Cannabis in Today's Medicine.

Dazed and Confused: The Myths and Realities of the use of Cannabis in Today's Medicine.

The use of cannabis as a recreational and medical drug is plagued with controversy. While some states in the US…

March 2017

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.

The future cure of infectious disease could be in ourselves!

The future cure of infectious disease could be in ourselves!

The Howell Foundation hosted its first North County event with key note speaker Janelle Ayers, Ph.D from the Salk Institute,…

February, 2017

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.  

A sea of red ... (and chocolate)! During heart health month, 3 research projects that prove dark chocolate is the food of the Gods

A sea of red ... (and chocolate)! During heart health month, 3 research projects that prove dark chocolate is the food of the Gods

For the Howell Foundation, things couldn’t have turned out better.  February 3rd was ‘Go Red for Women Day’, the Heart…

January, 2017

Health & Happiness Symposium

Dr. Sanjaya Saxena
Dr. Jill Bormann
Laura Sepulveda
Dr. Carole Banka

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.

How are we doing with our de-cluttering resolutions? The difference between clutter and hoarding and the 5 things you can do to follow up on your spring cleaning.

How are we doing with our de-cluttering resolutions? The difference between clutter and hoarding and the 5 things you can do to follow up on your spring cleaning.

March is here.  ‘Spring cleaning’ is in the air.  So, how are we doing on the ‘cleaning-out-our- (fill in the…

2016 Speakers

November, 2016

Intelligent Aging

Claudia Kawas, MD
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. 

Is there an intelligent way of aging? The key research findings that say there is!

Is there an intelligent way of aging? The key research findings that say there is!

The old age question remains:  why do some people live longer than others?  Do some of us REALLY want to…

September, 2016

Health & Happiness Evening Series

The Happy Map

Hilary Stokes, Ph.D.
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. 

The 4 things you can start doing TODAY on your journey to happiness.

The 4 things you can start doing TODAY on your journey to happiness.

Thank you for sharing YOUR journey to happiness! “They were wonderful, so knowledgeable and delivered the important message in a…

August, 2016

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. 

The power of DNA testing in personalized medicine.

The power of DNA testing in personalized medicine.

Imagine your family free of the possibility of illness… finally having your health in your hands and making informed decisions…

May, 2016

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. 

Small Habits: The not-so-simple lifestyle changes to improve our health and the 4 things you can do today to change.

Small Habits: The not-so-simple lifestyle changes to improve our health and the 4 things you can do today to change.

Start with Small Habits Just last month we heard Dr. Sears talk about the negative impact of sedentary behavior and…
Two  things to keep in mind when discussing your health:  Intermittent fasting and sedentary behavior.

Two things to keep in mind when discussing your health: Intermittent fasting and sedentary behavior.

Dr. Dorothy Sears, Associate Professor of Medicine from UCSD came to speak at the Howell Foundation’s luncheon last May with…

February, 2016

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.

It will take more than 10,000 experiments!

It will take more than 10,000 experiments!

The Doris Howell Foundation held its first Luncheon Series with the lecture “Understanding the genome 10,000 experiments at a time:…

November, 2015

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.

Why a universal health initiative is needed:  shifting the current research paradigm to stop illness before it gets to you.

Why a universal health initiative is needed: shifting the current research paradigm to stop illness before it gets to you.

We were very fortunate to have Dr. Stanley Maloy from SDSU speak at the Foundation’s 20th year anniversary celebration last…

October, 2015

Health & Happiness Evening Series Hormones & Happiness

Hormones & Happiness

Carole L. Banka, Ph.D. 
 
Dr. Banka presented the latest research on hormones are interconnected and the potential they have for making us happy or totally miserable.

About that 20-second hug...

About that 20-second hug...

The Power of the 20-Second Hug Some background on the 20-second hug: The Howell Foundation celebrated its annual Health and…

August, 2015

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.

What Role Do Bacteria Play in Our Bodies? They are our Microbiome.

What Role Do Bacteria Play in Our Bodies? They are our Microbiome.

  Q&A with Dr. Highlander A revolution in medicine has occurred over the past seven years involving the bacteria in…

May, 2015

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.

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia: An update on the latest research findings.

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia: An update on the latest research findings.

Listen to the podcast regarding the latest research and updates on Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.  http://podcast.uctv.tv/vod/31841.mp4   Going back to 2016,…

February, 2015

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.

The Future of Telemedicine:  Not a Guessing Game, but Science that is Leading the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personalized Medicine.

The Future of Telemedicine: Not a Guessing Game, but Science that is Leading the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personalized Medicine.

The Howell Foundation held its first luncheon of the year with the presentation “Telemedicine:  Bridging the Gap Between Science and…

2014 Speakers

November, 2014

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.

Shining the Light on Care Giving for Parkinson’s Disease: A Loving Tribute.  Part 4 of 4

Shining the Light on Care Giving for Parkinson’s Disease: A Loving Tribute. Part 4 of 4

  After hearing about all the encouraging news on the progress being made on the research and funding of Parkinson’s…

Moving Towards the Cure: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease - Part 3 of 4

“It Works!”  Dr. James Paterniti presenting himself as a great testimonial that Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease might be…
Putting Parkinson’s Disease on Top of the World:  Searching for the Cure -- Part 2 of 4.

Putting Parkinson’s Disease on Top of the World: Searching for the Cure -- Part 2 of 4.

Sherrie Gould on current fundraising efforts for Stem Cell Research. Part one of the Howell Foundation’s Panel on Parkinson’s Disease…
Parkinson's Disese Treatment: Is the cure right around the corner? Information you won’t want to miss (Part 1 of 4)

Parkinson's Disese Treatment: Is the cure right around the corner? Information you won’t want to miss (Part 1 of 4)

The Doris A. Howell Foundation hosted a panel of Parkinson’s disease treatment specialists who presented the advances in research and…

October, 2014

Health & Happiness Evening Series Depression vs. Sadness...Learning to Know the Differences

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.

Taking a Proactive Approach to Wellbeing in the Difficult Road of Depression vs Sadness.

Taking a Proactive Approach to Wellbeing in the Difficult Road of Depression vs Sadness.

The Howell Health and Happiness Series presentation “ Depression vs Sadness –  Learning to Know the Differences ” offered by…

August, 2014

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.

Pelvic Floor Disorders: You DON’T have to live with them!

Dr. Lukacz presenting the most recent information on pelvic health at the last Howell Luncheon Creating awareness on pelvic floor…

April 2014

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.

The BIG Five Recommendations to Manage Pain through an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The BIG Five Recommendations to Manage Pain through an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The latest approach to pain management through nutrition gave us an insight on foods to eat and avoid when dealing…
The Howell Foundation Presents the Latest on Pain Management: Nutrition

The Howell Foundation Presents the Latest on Pain Management: Nutrition

It is not about re-discovering the wheel here:  health is, in its majority, about nutrition. It’s a lot of common…

March, 2014

Health and Happiness Evening Series An Integrative Approach to Stress Management: Reducing Stress & Increasing Happiness

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.

The Howell Foundation holds its fourth installment of the series Health and Happiness with its Integrative Approach to Stress: Reducing Stress and Increasing Happiness

Next Installment in our Health Series: Reducing Stress and Increasing Happiness Sharing the happiness –and the knowledge- through a research-based…
A Mindful Approach to Happiness:  Being “Zoned In” to the point of “Zoning Out” & Six ways to Zone In and Achieve Happiness

A Mindful Approach to Happiness: Being “Zoned In” to the point of “Zoning Out” & Six ways to Zone In and Achieve Happiness

  Image courtesy of ddpavumba / FreeDigitalPhotos.net It seems that the terms “flow” and “mindfulness” are intrinsically related when discussing…

February, 2014

The meal you miss could save your life: How intermittent fasting may extend health-span

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.

The Doris A. Howell Foundation starts 2014 with the latest research on intermittent fasting and its relationship to increased life span.

The Doris A. Howell Foundation starts 2014 with the latest research on intermittent fasting and its relationship to increased life span.

The latest research on intermittent fasting and increased life span How does the body age?  It’s all about “cellular housekeeping”…
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