Natural Sciences

Injustice has a Cure: Paul Farmer & Duke Global Health Projects in Latin America & the Caribbean

We welcome Duke Trustee and co-founder of Partners In Health, Dr. Paul Farmer '82, P'19, who has been recognized internationally for his impactful work at the intersection of public health and human rights.

For this exclusive discussion, Dr. Farmer will be joined by top faculty from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), who are re-imagining solutions to the most pressing medical challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.

https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/wjq4g3/

The Unjamming Transition (UJT) is Fundamental to Wound Healing, Embryonic Development, and Cancer Invasion

Dr. Jeffrey Fredberg's laboratory investigates physical processes expressed by the eukaryotic cell, such as its deformability, contractility, malleability, and motility. His team turned attention more recently from the single cell in isolation to the cellular collective as it might pertain, for example, to disruption of the bronchial epithelial layer in asthma or tumor invasion in breast cancer.

Innovative Product Design in a Regulated Market

As scientists and engineers, it is tempting to think that the key to making a successful product is just a great idea. In reality, that is only one small step on the way to a successful product. This is particularly true in regulated industries like medical devices where even great products can fail to see the light of day because a disciplined design process was not followed AND documented. Fixing an undisciplined development process can be prohibitively expensive and cause unacceptably long delays in getting a product to market.

"Cancer Genetics in Populations: from the electronic health record to large scale studies"

Katherine Nathanson, MD

Pearl Basser Professor for BRCA-Related Research at the Abramson Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania

"Cancer Genetics in Populations: from the electronic health record to large scale studies"

Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Registration Required: https://tinyurl.com/KNCAGPMForum

The Power of Deserts: Climate Change, the Middle East, and the Promise of a Post-Oil Era

Register now: https://bit.ly/mar25event

The oil-rich countries of the Arabian/Persian Gulf currently face a dual challenge. As climate predictions for their region suggest conditions could become intolerable later this century, renewable energy stands to eclipse demand for oil. What if these countries decide it's in their best interest to turn away from oil, harness their immense solar potential, and emerge as vanguards of global climate action?

SRH Research Symposium

The Working Group for Sexual and Reproductive Health is hosting a research symposium to highlight the important work being done in the Triangle area and connect students to potential opportunities for engagement. The SRH Research Symposium will take place via Zoom on Friday, March 19th from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. EST. Twelve speakers will be grouped by theme in breakout rooms, where they will give 15-minute informal presentations on current or recent research.

Contraceptive Product Development and Introduction

Join us on March 10th at 11 am EST as the Center for Global Reproductive Health's kicks off our Spring Speaker series during the week of International Women's Day! Kate Rademacher and Rebecca Callahan join us from FHI 360 to discuss contraceptive healthcare and development. This panel will cover topics from contraceptive research and development to global efforts to expand levonorgestrel IUD availability in low-income countries.

Exploring the Foundations: Basics of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy

Our future will be in significant part determined by public policy decisions by companies and government about science and technology, yet few know how this system works-it is truly a "black box" for most. Meanwhile, we increasingly understand that science- and technology-based innovation is deeply connected to society's economic growth and its corresponding ability to generate societal wellbeing and to solve big societal challenges like climate change or the need for quality jobs. So the public importance of science is growing.

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