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Have You Seen … What NIH is doing with their videocasts?

Yes, I’ve been away for a long time. I have so much to share, and so many lovely blogposts and concepts parked in “draft” mode. It’s been a rough few years culminating in a really rough year. More on that later. For now, I want to dip my toes back in with something short and easy that I can do quickly.

If I had infinite time, or several dozen of me connected to a shared massive brain, one of the things I’d like to do is lurk in various lecture series and soak up all kind of cutting edge info, philosophies, science, research discoveries, and so forth. Recently, I’ve been closely tracking the NIH Videocasts. So much wonderful information being presented, and lucky for us, most of it ends up on Youtube as NIHVcast!

Here are a few highlights from the Youtube channel, mostly from the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series and the Demystifying Medicine series, but with a few also from the Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) program.


Demystifying Medicine 2017: Mitochondria, Aging, and Chronic Disease

Germs, genes, and host defense

TRACO 2016: Precision Medicine and Nanotechnology

Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past

Democratizing discovery science with n=Me

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee – July 2016

Decoding the human genome: getting to 20/20

MicroRNAs and their regulatory effects

The epigenetic clock, biological age, and chronic diseases

Genome regulation by long noncoding RNAs

Demystifying Medicine 2016: How Long Can and Should We Live & What Centenarians Teach Us about Aging

Bacteria as master regulators and aphrodisiacs

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Robotic Planetary Exploration and Thoughts about Human Spaceflight

Age, genes, sex, and smell: predicting Parkinson disease

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Cholesterol: Too Much and Too Little Are Bad for Your Health

Biomedical research: increasing value, reducing waste

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Trauma in the Modern Age: Injury and Stem Cells

On My Own: An Afternoon with Diane Rehm

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Mechanisms and Imaging the Process

Innate molecules in the inflammation and cancer

Using human stem cells to understand and treat diabetes

Adventures in brain plasticity: from memory palaces to soulcycle


CDC Grand Rounds on Autism & the DSM5 — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 28, 2014)

Pic of the day - Puzzles

I had a half page long list of hashtags I was thinking about using for this week. And then I stumbled into the end of the #CDCGrandRounds on autism and the new DSM. I had read about the NIH seeking public comments on the impact of the DSM5 on autism diagnosis. This is because of concerns that the shift in how to diagnosis is resulting in a decrease in diagnoses resulting in people not getting needed services. That derives from the DHHS IACC report: IACC Statement Regarding Scientific, Practice and Policy Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder. That’s pretty intense. So when I saw the CDC was having a Grand Rounds on the topic, live streaming it, with an active Twitter back channel, and then a followup Twitter chat the next day also sponsored by the CDC (#AutismPHGR – Autism Public Health Grand Rounds), well, how very interesting! If you look at WHO was tweeting, it reads like some sort of Who’s Who on the topic. Very interesting indeed. I hope you think so, too.

First posted at THL Blog: http://thlibrary.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/cdc-grand-rounds-on-autism-the-dsm5-hashtags-of-the-week-hotw-week-of-april-14-2014/

White House w00t! Support for Innovative Neuroscience Research

In case you missed it, the White House announced this week their new initiative to fund research focusing on neuroscience innovation.

“The BRAIN Initiative — short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — builds on the President’s State of the Union call for historic investments in research and development to fuel the innovation, job creation, and economic growth that together create a thriving middle class.” BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-challenges-researchers-unlock-mysteries-human-mind

Here is a brief introduction to the project from NIH Director, Francis Crick.

On The Clock: The BRAIN Initiative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slQ8ELULNP0

President Obama Speaks on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJuxLDRsSQc

“So there is this enormous mystery waiting to be unlocked, and the BRAIN Initiative will change that by giving scientists the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action and better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember. And that knowledge could be — will be — transformative.” Remarks by the President on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/02/remarks-president-brain-initiative-and-american-innovation

Here are a few useful resources.

BRAIN Initiative Infographic: http://www.whitehouse.gov/infographics/brain-initiative (PDF)

White House Blog: BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-challenges-researchers-unlock-mysteries-human-mind

White House Blog: President Obama Launches the “BRAIN” Initiative (all the links in one place) http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/president-obama-launches-brain-initiative

I was particularly impressed by the dialog on Twitter that fed into the live streamed question and answer session. Unfortunately, many on Twitter didn’t realize the answers to the questions were in the video stream and were not on Twitter. I have to agree that the process of utilizing Twitter was not well managed for this event.

That said, I will post here some of the questions which most intrigued me, with the video for the Q&A below.

For more information, please see:

NIH: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative: http://www.nih.gov/science/brain/

Open for Questions: The BRAIN Initiative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNLjJi7ZSl4

And ….. closing with a gag. Gotta read the credits, folks!