The Future of Medicine: Thinking Small

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The use of nanobiotechnology in medicine is termed “nanomedicine.” Dr. Maysinger will discuss current advances in nanomedicine research, including targeted cancer therapies, localized drug delivery, and improved cell-material interactions for imaging of brain cells.

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July 30, 2010 at 11:05 am


The Genetics of Analgesia: Will We Have Customized Pain-Killers?

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People differ in their responses to commonly prescribed pain medications because of environmental and genetic factors. Dr. Mogil will look at the possibilities and challenges of achieving individualized therapies for chronic pain.

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July 30, 2010 at 11:02 am


Are Chemicals in Our Environment Affecting Reproductive Health?

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Over the past 50 years, our quality of life has improved thanks, in part, to a wide range of new chemicals. Some of these are now suspected of impairing fertility. Dr. Bernard Robaire will discuss the existing evidence and whether there are steps we should take to protect the next generation.

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July 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm


Cigarette Smoking: The Uncertain Role of Nicotine

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Twenty years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General resoundingly concluded that nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction. Dr. Paul Clarke will present a more nuanced view, highlighting different effects of cigarette smoking and cigarette smoke that may encourage the tobacco habit.

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July 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm


Drug Development: Where We Are and How We Got Here

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Dr. Timothy Geary discusses the history of drug development. How has the search for chemicals that usefully affect human biology developed, what factors were crucial in advancing the science behind drug discovery, and where do we stand today?

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July 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm