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NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures

Deep and Wide: The Voyage to Discover Local and Global Health Equity

October 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Lisa A. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Cooper’s research program examines the effectiveness of multilevel strategies for advancing health equity in the United States and Sub Saharan Africa. She has conducted observational studies to describe attitudinal barriers to equitable health status and health care among patients from diverse racial and ethnic groups, and to elucidate mechanisms, such as the quality of social relationships, for racial and socioeconomic disparities in health status and healthcare.

Gaucher Disease: How a Rare Disease Provides a Window into Common Neurodegenerative Disorders

November 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ellen Sidransky, M.D., National Human Genome Research Institute

Dr. Ellen Sidransky is the Branch Chief of the Medical Genetics Branch and is a pediatrician and geneticist in the National Human Genome Research Institute at National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research interests include both clinical and basic aspects of Gaucher disease and Parkinson disease, studies of genotype/phenotype correlation and genetic modifiers, insights from mouse models, and novel treatment strategies. She played a lead role in establishing the association between glucocerebrosidase and parkinsonism.

Rethinking General Anesthesia

November 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

We have established a systems neuroscience (conceptual, experimental, data analysis and modeling) paradigm for studying the mechanisms of general anesthesia-induced loss of consciousness.


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