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Top 5 1:2:1 podcasts of 2013

Every few weeks, Paul Costello, chief communications officer for the medical school, talks with innovators in modern medicine and health policy for our 1:2:1 podcast series. The most popular podcasts in 2013 were:

The whats, whys and hows of sleep: According to Stanford sleep specialist Rafael Pelayo, MD, the most common sleep disorder in America is insufficient sleep. Here, Pelayo discussed the ever-popular and mystifying topic of sleep and the latest research and treatment options coming out of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.

Laura Roberts on building a career in academic medicine: In addition to her expertise in her field, Laura Roberts, MD, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, is recognized for her success as a mentor and teacher. In this podcast she discussed her latest book, which is aimed at young physicians, clinicians and scientists and serves as a guide for building more creative, effective and inspiring careers.

Kimberly Allison on seeing cancer from both sides: In 2008, breast-cancer pathologist Kimberly Allison, MD, received the shocking news that she had stage-3 breast cancer. She chronicles her personal experience in the book Red Sunshine and shared in this interview what it's like to experience cancer as a patient and as a doctor.

Alan Alda on communicating science effectively: The Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda is a visiting professor in journalism at Stony Brook University in New York and a co-founder of the school's Center for Communicating Science. Here, he discussed his passion for science and why communicating science effectively is critical.

Lochlann Jain on the confusion surrounding cancer: An expert in medical and legal anthropology, the research of Lochlann Jain, PhD, focuses on the ways in which stories about injuries and illness get told. Jain was 36 when she was diagnosed with cancer, and her new book, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us, sets out to change the conversation about the disease and its effects on all aspects of society.

And still going strong - the most popular podcast from the past:

Marius Wernig on the future of stem cell therapy: In 2010, scientists here succeeded in the ultimate switch: transforming mouse skin cells in a laboratory dish directly into functional nerve cells with the application of just three genes. The research was led by Marius Wernig, MD, assistant professor of pathology, who discussed his findings, and their implications, during this interview.

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