My tour of Yale biotech facilities

I had the good fortune of touring Yale University’s biotech facilities today, including the 2007-built Yale Stem Cell Center, with its director as our guide: cell biology professor Haifan Lin, PhD. Walking through a high-tech stem cell facility with Lin was nothing like I expected. Lin was incredibly personable, and he and his staff tookContinue reading “My tour of Yale biotech facilities”

New Paradigms and the Future of Medicine

What is the future of medicine and how will we get there? On Monday morning, as part of New Horizons of Science at Yale, Director of Institutes of Systems Biology Lee Hood discussed the advent of 21st-century medicine: p4 medicine. What are paradigm changes in biology leading to p4, or proactive medicine? There are severalContinue reading “New Paradigms and the Future of Medicine”

Why do we make bad decisions? It’s evolution, stupid.

In the afternoon session of New Horizons in Science at Yale, psychology professor Laurie Santos delivered a compelling talk on the origins of human irrationality. Santos studies comparative cognition in primates including humans, chimps, various monkeys, and (my favorite animal) lemurs! There isn’t too much about rationality that we don’t share with the rest ofContinue reading “Why do we make bad decisions? It’s evolution, stupid.”

What microbes in our soil (not dirt!) mean to us

Most people have no idea just how large the role of microbes play as a part in our world, in our soil, in our bodies. That was the introduction we received on the subject from Yale professor Jo Handelsman at New Horizons in Science (as part of #sciwri10). As a molecular, cellular and developmental biologist,Continue reading “What microbes in our soil (not dirt!) mean to us”

On the Hunt for Neuropsychiatric Disorder Genes

Next speaker up at New Horizons in Science is co-director of Yale’s Neurogenetics Program Matthew State, a child psychiatrist who describes himself as a gene hunter. The genes he seeks out are those that may be linked to child neuropsychiatric disorders including autism, Tourette, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. What he and other researchers use as aContinue reading “On the Hunt for Neuropsychiatric Disorder Genes”

Aleviating aging with chromium

Now, as the Award Lecture at American College of Nutrition Conference in New York City, we are treated to Harry G Preuss, MD, discussing an overview of how to alleviate the manifestations of aging. These manifestations are hypertension, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemias. But it’s complicated. “If there is anything that’s important for your life itContinue reading “Aleviating aging with chromium”

How homocysteine relate to cardiovascular disease

Homocysteine, an sulfur amino acid, has been used over and over again marker for cardiovascular events. However, it is complicated so Jacob Selhub is going to talk about its particulars this morning at American College of Nutrition conference in New York City. He starts by going through all the metabolic pathways that homocysteine is involvedContinue reading “How homocysteine relate to cardiovascular disease”

Why vitamin D is vital in the elderly

What’s the latest on vitamin D and the elderly? Most don’t get enough, says Jeri Nieves, Ph.D., who addresed us on the topic today at the American College of Nutrition conference in New York City. There has been a “burst” of new studies on vitamin D, so she will only covef a few. The prevalenceContinue reading “Why vitamin D is vital in the elderly”

Are Humans Aging at Different Rates?

Do we age at different rates? At the American College of Nutrition conference today, we are being treated on this subject entitled “Nutritional and Hormonal Influences on Aging” by Nir Barzilai, MD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Aging is the major risk factor for death from all chronic diseases,” Dr. Barzilai says, so we shouldContinue reading “Are Humans Aging at Different Rates?”