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Stanford Medicine to open its doors to community during Health Matters event

Health Matters - smallOn Saturday, May 10, Stanford Medicine will host a free community day at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on the Stanford campus. During Health Matters, members of the communities surrounding the Stanford campus will have the opportunity to interact with School of Medicine faculty leaders while exploring the latest advances in medicine and learning about health topics that matter most to families. The event will feature presentations from Stanford Hospitals and Clinics physicians and other health experts, an interactive Health Pavilion and a med school morning for teenagers interested in a career in medicine.

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the New York Time’s bestseller The Emperor of All Maladies, will be there to discuss the human genome, new medicine, and his perspectives on the future of cancer. Attendees will also hear presentations from other noted speakers, including:

  • Neurosurgeon Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD, and former San Francisco 49er Steve Young discussing “Sports, Brain Injury, and Neuroscience”
  • Rafael Pelayo, MD, on “Should “Sleeping like a Baby” Really be Our Goal?”
  • Euan Ashley, MD, PhD, presenting “Big Data. Big Deal.”
  • James Brooks, MD, and Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD, co-presenting “Cancer Risk Factors: Revolutionary Genomic Techniques for Early Cancer Detection and Monitoring”
  • Frank Longo, MD, PhD, on “Strategies for Maintaining Cognitive Health and Preventing Dementia”
  • Laura Roberts, MD, MA, leading a panel discussion on “Well-being, Resilience, and Mental Health: Every Family’s Concern”

The sessions will run from 10 AM- 1 PM, and the Health Pavilion will be open from 9 AM - 2 PM. Among the features at the interactive pavilion: exhibits and booths highlighting the work of Manu Prakash, MD, PhD, creator of the revolutionary Foldscope; nutrition and wellness expert Christopher Gardner, PhD; and Stanford’s Life Flight helicopter crew.

Registration is strongly encouraged and available at the Health Matters website; the site also features detailed information on the day’s agenda, speakers and topics. For updates on content and related topics or to send in your questions to speakers on the day of the event, follow @StanfordHealth on Twitter.

Eileen DiFranco is director of communications and media in the Office of Medical Center Development at Stanford.

Previously: Registration opens for Big Data in Biomedicine conference at Stanford and Cancer’s Pulitzer Prize winner: Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD

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