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Past Partners in Medicine luncheons

“No Pain, Yes Gain”
June 7, 2017

Neel D. Mehta, M.D.
Director of the Weill Cornell Pain Medicine Center
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Co-Director of the Multi-Disciplinary Spine Center
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Pain is often thought as a response to an injury or sign of illness. It is a very complex problem because it involves not only physical, but also emotional and social components. It is the way the body tells us that something is wrong.

For most people, pain comes and goes due to an injury or surgery. However many people suffer from persistent daily pain – and the science of how to treat and cope with this type of pain is rapidly developing. In the last ten years, a wealth of information has been uncovered through research and patient experience, leading to greater scientific understanding and better treatments for pain. Partners in Medicine supporters are invited to join us as Dr. Mehta guides us through scientific investigation about how pain originates, how it progresses, how to relieve it.

“How to Keep Your Brain Healthy and Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer’s”
November 16, 2016

Richard S. Isaacson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medicine

Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic
Director, Neurology Residency Training Program
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

As we age, our brains ordinarily undergo certain physical and chemical changes. The extent of these changes may depend on a variety of genetic and environmental risk factors over our lifespans. Yet, when it comes to brain aging and certain common conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, what is and what is not in our control? Dr. Richard Isaacson reviewed the most recent evidence on how people can best keep the brain healthy and reduce Alzheimer’s risk over time.

“You Are What You Eat: Nutrition, Microbes, and Human Health”
June 21, 2016

David Artis, Ph.D
Director, Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Michael Kors Professor of Immunology

Robert Brown, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Chair, Transitions of Care, Weill Department of Medicine
Interim Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor of Medicine

In contrast to conventional wisdom, we now know that not all microbes are bad for us.  In just the last ten years, there has been a biomedical revolution in defining the beneficial microbes that colonize our bodies and are essential for human health and well-being.  The wrong bacteria or viruses in the wrong places, as well as excess food and drink, can lead to human disease.  The intestine and liver, two of our largest organs, are among the first lines of defense against these challenges.

Ground-breaking research at Weill Cornell Medicine has identified how our diets influence the types of beneficial microbes we harbor and defined their roles in regulating diverse processes from our growth and aging, to influencing susceptibility to diseases as diverse as asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, obesity, and cancers.  Please join Dr. Artis and Dr. Brown to hear more about these rapidly developing areas of biomedical research and how they could change the practice of modern medicine.

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Lorelei Schroeter
Director of Annual & Special Giving Programs
(646) 962-9531