April, 2017

Cerebrum Podcast: The Four Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention - With Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.


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In our Cerebrum article, “The Four Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention,” co-author Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., president/medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and the author of Brain Longevity, writes that “while a pharmaceutical approach to preventing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has proved elusive, practical lifestyle choices to reduce AD are based on good science and good sense.” In this podcast, Khalsa explains the reasons that diet, exercise, medication, and psychological well-being offer the best chance for aging AD-free and nourishing a sharp mind. He also explains why drug development has proved so elusive and how advances in imaging are changing the research landscape.
March, 2017

Cerebrum Podcast: Next Generation House Call - With E. Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A.


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In this podcast, you’ll hear why telemedicine lends itself to psychological counseling, stroke, Parkinson’s, and a host of other neurological disorders. You’ll hear about how it is being adapted in other countries and the proliferation of venture capitalist money in companies that aim to manage home health care, as well as the many obstacles still in its path. This month we feature E. Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A., director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics and Levy Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In our most recent Cerebrum article, “Next Generation House Call,” he and two colleagues write that “for different reasons, psychiatry and neurology have been early adopters of telehealth” and “as the burden of neuropsychiatric conditions rises along with the demand for convenient, patient-centered care, telehealth is poised to deliver care where it has always been needed most—at home.”
March, 2017

Cerebrum Podcast: Examining The Causes Of Autism - With David G. Amaral, Ph.D.


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In our Cerebrum article, “Examining the Causes of Autism,” David G. Amaral, Ph.D., founding research director of the MIND Institute at UC Davis and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, writes that autism has both a genetic and environmental component, and that it’s very likely that someone who is autistic is born that way. In this podcast, Amaral explains his reasoning behind those conclusions and explores a whole range of other issues: the challenges of autism research, what inspired him to focus on the disorder, his thoughts on gene modification, environmental factors pregnant mothers may wish to avoid, why it is important for autistic adults to find their place in communities, and more.
February, 2017

Cerebrum Podcast: Finding the Hurt in Pain - With Irene Tracey, Ph.D.


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In our Cerebrum article, “Finding the Hurt in Pain,” Irene Tracey, head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, writes that pain is unique to every person, and difficult to quantify and treat. Whether it is delivered as a jolt or a persistent, dull ache, pain is guaranteed to affect one’s quality of life. Our podcast examines how brain imaging is opening our eyes to the richness and complexity of the pain experience, giving us extraordinary insight into the neurochemistry, network activity, wiring, and structures relevant to producing and modulating painful experiences in all their various guises. Tracey also discusses how imaging pain is having an increasing impact in the judiciary and in resolving end-of-life issues.
December, 2016

Cerebrum Podcast: Understanding the Terrorist Mind - With Emile Bruneau, Ph.D.


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In our Cerebrum article, “Understanding the Terrorist Mind,” Emile Bruneau writes about working to bring the tools of science to bear on the problem of intergroup conflict by characterizing cognitive biases. Bruneau, Ph.D., is a researcher and lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In this podcast, he addresses issues such as what constitutes terrorism, the role of social media, the link between brain imaging and behavior, and conflict resolution programs.
October, 2016

Cerebrum Podcast: The Evolving View of Astrocytes - With Philip G. Haydon, Ph.D.


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In our October Cerebrum article, “The Evolving View of Astrocytes,” Philip G. Haydon writes about a type of glial cell that is prevalent in the cortex—the astrocyte. Haydon, Ph.D., is the Annetta and Gustav Grisard Professor and chair of the neuroscience department at Tufts University School of Medicine. In this podcast, he discusses the role of astrocytes in brain function and their potential to effect sleep, learning, and memory.
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