Health picks from the Boston Science and Engineering Calendar

The Boston Science and Engineering Lectures website offers a comprehensive list of many such events happening in the Boston area. Nothing fancy, just super comprehensive.

by Nora Valdez. Click for more.

Here’s a sample of health-related posts from this week. Always double check before attending. Trends toward science but includes policy events. And, thanks to editor Fred Hapgood, who would “appreciate your mentioning this list to people with compatible interests.”

Here’s a sample:

Monday March 27

Noon.  “Folding Tissues: cell-based origami.”   Adam Martin.   target=_”new”> Lab of Morphogenesis.   Northeastern:  333 Curry Student Center.   Details.

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“Mining the Human Gut Microbiota for Immunomodulatory Organisms.”   Naama Geva-Zatorsky.   HMS:  NRB 1031.   Details.

5:15p.  “Poverty and Inequality: Societal and Psychological Costs.”   Presentations and a Panel Discussion.   HLS:  Austin Hall 100, 1515 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, March 28

11a.  “Brain Circuits Regulating Fear.”   Stephen Maren.   McLean Hospital:  deMarneffe 132, 115 Mill St.   Details.

2 – 5p.  “The Myths of Testosterone.”   A forum. .   BU:  Photonics Center 906, 8 St. Mary’s St.   Details.

6 – 8p.  “Rosalind Franklin: DNA’s Shadow Figure.”   A screening of NOVA’s “Secret of Photo 51,” which examines Franklin’s largely unsung role in the discovery of DNA.   Introduced by Tracey L. Petryshen, of the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine.   MGH:  Museum of Medical History, 12 North Grove St.   Details. To register, please email or call 617-724-2755.

Wednesday, March 29

11a.  “Toward a Therapy for Central Nervous System Injuries: simple solutions for studying neuroregeneration.”   Khalid Shah.   Northeastern:  333 Curry Student Center.  Details, Abstract.

Noon.  “Nature’s Gift: How the Discovery of Structural Principles in a Microbial Protein Helped Illuminate the Pathophysiology of Psychiatry.”   Karl Deisseroth.   Boston Children’s Hospital:  Folkman Auditorium, 300 Longwood Ave.   Details.*   This Event will be webcast.

1p.  “Motor Skill Learning and Execution in a Distributed Brain Network.”   Steffen Wolff.   Harvard:  Northwest 243.   Details.

4p.  “How Do Patents Affect Innovation?”   Heidi Williams.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details.

t party buttons5:30 – 8p.  “Connected Health: Emerging Technologies Poised to Make our Lives Better.”   A forum.   MIT:  32-144.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  “Examining America’s Opioid Crisis.”   A forum.   HKS:  JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK St.  Details.

March 30 – 31.  “2017 MassBio Annual Meeting.”   Royal Sonesta, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday 3/30

Noon.  “Biological Design for Health and the Environment.”   Pamela Silver.   Harvard:  Northwest B103.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  “Diagnosis of Hereditary Hearing Loss in the Genomic Era.”   Jun Shen.   Mass Eye & Ear, Meltzer Auditorium, 243 Charles St.   Details.

2:30p.  “CRISPR and What’s Next.”   2017 MassBio Annual Meeting.   Royal Sonesta, Cambridge.   Details.

4:30p.  “How Many Patients does It — and should It — Take to Develop a New Cancer Drug?”   Jonathan Kimmelman.   HMS:  1st Floor Conference Room, 641 Huntington Ave.  Details, Registration.

6:30p.  “Consciousness Hacking: Meditation, Neuroscience, and Technology.”   A forum.   Harvard Divinity School:  Sperry Room and Various Classrooms, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave.  Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  “What Brain Connectivity Reveals about Music, Language, and Creativity.”  Psyche Loui.   Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St, Somerville.   Details.

Friday March 31

9 – Noon.  “A Mini-Symposium on Cancer Stem Cells.”   Dana-Farber Institute, Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.

12:45p.  “Incorporating Climate Projections in Health Impact Studies.”   Pat Kinney.   BUSM:  L210.   Details.

April 1 – 2.   “Investing in Discovery: Food Tank Summit.”   A conference.   Tufts:  Friedman School, 150 Harrison Avenue.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tonight! Meet the #STATnews team at The Burren pub in Somerville #science

Science in the News was started by Harvard students who wanted to help explain complex issues to the public. The group has expanded beyond that to events like:

Tonight! Science by the Pint with The STAT Team

The (sometimes messy) science of communicating sciencesbtp_spring2017_1pg

Monday, January 9, 6:30-8:30pm at The Burren (247 Elm Street, Somerville) (directions)

Are you interested in learning more about what the field of science journalism looks like from the inside? Panelists from the Boston-based publication STAT will discuss what led them to a career in health and science journalism, as well as the challenges and value of investigating and reporting in this field. Small group discussions will follow the panel, so you’ll have a chance to ask questions and bring up topics you want to discuss. Members of the panel will represent a broad range of careers within science journalism, including reporting, editing, social media, marketing, multimedia, and graphic design.

About STAT (from STAT is a new national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery. We produce daily news, investigative articles, and narrative projects in addition to multimedia features. We tell our stories from the places that matter to our readers – research labs, hospitals, executive suites, and political campaigns.


Video: Harvard School of Public Health: The Chronic #Pain Epidemic

Live streaming right now: “How does where you live affect your health.”#BUSPH40 #BUSPHSymposia #environment #public health

Lots of health news in Boston this week, but at the moment, check out the live stream of this event.capture

Can the physical and social aspects of your neighborhood influence your health? The symposium will explore the roles of the built environment and housing and will evaluate the science on how interventions can improve the health of vulnerable populations.



8:30–9 a.m.
Breakfast and Informal Greetings

9–9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Jonathan Levy, Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

9:15–10 a.m.

Howard Frumkin, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington

10–11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Separating Neighborhood-Level from Individual-Level Risk Factors

Mariana Arcaya, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yvette Cozier, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

Theresa Osypuk, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Shakira Suglia, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Monica L. Wang (Moderator), Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m

Ron Sims, Former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

12:30–2 p.m.

Panel Discussion:  The Influence of Housing on Health

Carlos Dora, Coordinator, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization

Patricia Fabian, Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

David Jacobs, Chief Scientist, National Center for Healthy Housing

Megan Sandel, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

John Spengler (Moderator), Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2–2:10 p.m.


2:10–3:40 p.m

Panel Discussion: High-Risk Populations and Strategies to Improve Health

Kalila Barnett, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment

JoHanna Flacks, Legal Director, Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston (MLPB)

Hector Olvera, Associate Professor and Director of Research, University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing

Madeleine Scammell, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Carey Goldberg (Moderator),  Health and Science Reporter, WBUR

3:40–3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Jonathan Levy, Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

April 26: Boston health news round up

Health writers on both ends of 135 Morrissey Boulevard have been busy — main Globe newsrofenway__1282224095_4483 (2)om to STAT down the hall:  From Stat;  from the Globe business desk. 

Stat shared this story with the print edition of Globe today: Lam, a 22-year-old aspiring doctor, is part of the fast-growing industry of medical scribes working in hospitals and clinics across the country. These scribes, often premed college students, help doctors with a dreaded task — checking boxes and typing words into electronic health records.

And both outlet covered yesterday’s disturbing FDA meeting. This is an ongoing story — desperate patients insist on FDA approval treatments despite lack of solid evidence of efficacy.

Video up soon: What are the public health implications of terrorism? This (Harvard School of Public Health) Forum — which took place a week after the 3rd anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings — asked what makes a society resilient in the face of attacks or perceived threats. Experts in homeland security, psychological resiliency, crisis leadership, and disaster preparedness and response participated. 

 Dumb question award: Boston Magazine: Should the Media Report on Health Research?  A good topic, but a bit too much to bite off in a blog post. For a more thorough analysis, see Health News Review, which this week looks at what happens when the media doesn’t report on Research

Health Wonk Review: Lots of blog commentary and an invitation you to this afternoon’s “blab” on health policy.

AT #ACEP15, emergency docs get serious, have fun, collect swag and visit Boston

The exhibit halls at medical conferences offer the usual swag — pens, hand sanitizer, and bowl after bowl of bite-sized candy bars.  To avoid conflicts of interest, your correspondent usually grabs no more than a Hershey bar. Today: a report on some of the wares.

Doctors try to get it right by listening and more #RCAW

If your doctor, nurse or anyone tending to your health seems to be giving you a little extra attention this week, he or she might be part of “RightCare Action Week.”

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The RightCare Alliance, … has representation from virtually all medical specialties as well as patients, patient advocates, consumer groups, community groups, business groups, and public health. The Alliance also has a specific focus on the critical evaluation of the medical evidence and promotion of evidence-based care.

A project of the Boston-based Lown Institute, the group is promoting a week-long effort that calls on providers to “take action to show patients that we have not forgotten what good medical care is. Actions can be as simple as taking a deeper social history or doing a house call.”

A bit more on the project from Health Leaders Media.

On the Brookline (Mass.) Tab website, Lown president Vikas Saini describes how that will roll out in Boston:

Everyone is fed up with the business climate in medicine that cheats patients out of the right health care and does little but bolster institutional bottom lines — all while health outcomes are poor compared to many other countries.

What can we all do about it?

The event is “a time for patients and clinicians to stand up and voice what they’d like to see their health care system become. More of the same? Or something better?…

A transformed healthcare system must be, before anything, a system that truly connects with patient needs. And we cannot make this connection if we do not listen. A listening booth is a way to publicly draw attention to the need to listen, by listening.

This week, as a part of RightCare Action Week, Lown Institute physicians will be heading out around the Boston area to set up listening booths. Tell them what you think about our healthcare delivery. They will listen.

Here is a list of their locations:


10 am to 12 pm – Davis Square,  park across from T station (Somerville)
2- 4 pm – Cambridge City Hall or Central Square TBA (Cambridge)
Contact person on site: Aaron Stupple, MD



10 am – 12 pm –Andrew Square, park across from T station (South Boston)
2-4pm    Boston Common (can you list across from ….?)
Contact person on site: Vikas Saini, MD



10 am – 12pm 510 Broadway Chelsea – park across from City Hall (Chelsea)
2- 4pm –    421 Broadway, Everett – park in front of library (Everett)
Contact person on site: Aaron Stupple, MD


10 am – 12pm – Jamaica Plain (TBD) Check back for updates
2-4pm Dorchester/Mattapan – location TBD
Contact person on site: Vikas Saini, MD

Or, go online to Tell your story .