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We all are impacted by, and reap the benefits of, medical research discoveries. From over-the-counter drugs, to healthcare policies and educational interventions, many of these advancements are a result of incredible feats, decades of work, and sometimes serendipitous events. Join us as we sit down with Harvard researchers to discuss these captivating behind-the-scenes stories of research.

February 8, 2017: Clinical Thinking: Why Clinical Trials Matter

Julie Buring, ScD, is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. The primary focus of her research is on the prevention of chronic diseases, especially among women. Buring has been involved in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of a number of large-scale randomized clinical trials of the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. These include the Women's Health Study, evaluating the preventive roles of aspirin and vitamin E; the Physicians' Health Study II, evaluating vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and a multivitamin; and VITAL, an ongoing trial of vitamin D and fish oil. She is actively involved in the teaching and training of students and fellows in epidemiology, both nationally and internationally, and is co-director of an NIH T32 training grant in the Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease. Buring serves as chair of the Institutional Review Board of Harvard Medical School.


January 25, 2017: The VITAL study - Impact of Vitamins on chronic disease

JoAnn Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH is professor of medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health at Harvard Medical School. She is also chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine and co-director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Manson is an endocrinologist, epidemiologist, and principal investigator of several research studies, including the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL); the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Center in Boston; the cardiovascular component of the Nurses' Health Study; the COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS); and the Boston site of the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study. She has received numerous honors, including the Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women's Association, the American Heart Association's (AHA) Population Research Prize, the AHA's Distinguished Scientist Award, election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (National Academy of Medicine), membership in the Association of American Physicians (AAP), and the 2013 Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women's Health.

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January 11, 2017: Kidney Stones: The evolution of treatment with Dr. Peter Steinberg

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Peter Steinberg, MD, is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director of Endourology and Stone Management at BIDMC. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Steinberg completed a residency in urology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and a fellowship in robotics, laparoscopy, and endourology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Board certified in urology, Dr. Steinberg's clinical interests include laparoscopy, robotics, and endourology, kidney stones, and general urology.

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December 7, 2016: Bio-inspiration: From nature to medical breakthrough with Dr. Jeff Karp

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Jeff Karp, PhD, is a world leader in drug delivery, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He is an Associate Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.



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Zika Virus: Understanding the Global Crisis with Dr. Laura Riley

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Bio: Laura Riley, MD, a Boston native, received her undergraduate education at Harvard University; her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh-Magee Women's Hospital. She completed subspecialty training in maternal-fetal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and in infectious disease at Boston University Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Riley joined the obstetrical service at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1995, where she focuses on high-risk pregnancy with an emphasis on infectious disease complications of obstetrics and she is the Vice Chair for Obstetrics. Nationally, serves as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control on H1N1, Ebola virus, and Zika virus guidelines; she is the first ob/gyn member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice.

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Reaching Clinical Mass: A Career in Community Based Research with Dr. Charles Deutsch

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Bio: Charles Deutsch, ScD is Director of the Harvard Catalyst Population Health Research Program (PHRP). Dr. Deutsch is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and operations of PHRP, which is the focal point for Harvard Catalyst's community engagement and population health research translation activities. Throughout his career he has worked to demonstrate coordinated and results-oriented engagement of academic health centers in applying what we know to what we do in health programs and policies.

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Diabetes: Advancing Research, Improving Treatment with Dr. Enrico Cagliero

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Bio: Enrico Cagliero, MD, completed his internship and residency at the University of California, San Diego, and his fellowship in Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then became an independent investigator at Harvard Medical School in 1990 and worked on the cellular mechanisms responsible for the vascular complications of diabetes. Cagliero joined the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1995, where he is now dividing his time between a busy clinical practice and his clinical research efforts. His major research interests include islet cell transplant for the treatment of type 1 diabetic patients and the development of new interventions for the prevention and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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Cows to Coumadin with Dr. Elliott Antman

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Bio: Elliott Antman, MD, is professor of medicine and an associate dean for Clinical/Translational Research at Harvard Medical School, a senior investigator in the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) Study Group, and a senior physician in the Cardiovascular Division of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He was president of the American Heart Association (2014-2015) and is now the immediate past president. The American Heart Association honored him with the 2016 Paul Dudley White Award.

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