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Have you ever wondered how our genes affect our behavior? How the outside world affects our health? Or even how the internal environment of our bodies affects our health? To explain this web of relationships, we will be hearing from professors from NYU School of Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Columbia University. Get ready for a night of exploring the role of our bodies’ internal and external environments on health and behavior!
Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone- Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future . . . and What We Can Do About It
Leo Trasande (Jim Hendrick, MD Professor, Division of Environmental Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine)
Lurking in our homes and polluting the air we breathe is something sinister. Our everyday surroundings are making us sicker, fatter, and poorer. Science is now telling us that synthetic chemicals disrupt our hormonal systems and damage our health in irreparable ways. These chemicals hide in places we can’t control. Drawing on extensive research and expertise, I’ll outline studies about chemicals that we are exposed to every day. This seems scary but there’s hope – there are safe and simple steps we can all take to limit exposure and they neither require a PhD in Chemistry not hit the budget!
How Genes Shape Behavior
Prof. Andrés Bendesky (Principal Investigator of the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute)
The diversity of behavior in nature, including humans, is truly remarkable, and we know that genetic variation makes a strong contribution to such diversity. In his talk, Dr. Bendesky will explain how genes interact with the environment to shape our behavior and what modern studies in humans and other animals—including his own work with exploratory worms, monogamous mice and fighting fish—have taught us.
One Rogue Cell: The Molecular Basis of Cancer
Dr. Christine Lomiguen (Director of General Pathology in the Department of Anatomy at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine)
This talk provides an overview of cancer and its causes, from genetics to lifestyle and environmental factors, emphasizing the impact on cancer development. This interactive session aims to engage the participating audience to reflect on their viewpoints on cancer. Recent research will be presented relating to health education and preventive medicine.