Precision Nutrition and Wellness Initiative Symposia Series

Heather Patrick, PhD

UPCOMING LECTURE

From Human Genome to Behavioral Phenome: Using Digital Technology for Precision Behavioral Medicine

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Recent developments in digital health technology, including wearable sensors, mobile applications, electronic health records, and social media have created a wealth of data. These data can be used to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of sophisticated, precision behavioral interventions that are better designed to address behavioral deficits in diet, physical activity, stress management, and tobacco use and exposure. Such precision behavioral medicine approaches are critical to preventing and managing the chronic conditions that have the greatest impact on length and quality of life. This talk will include an overview of behavioral phenotyping — and the types of data that may be best suited for designing behavioral interventions — and a discussion of important ethical considerations when using data captured through technology.

Dr. Patrick is an internationally renowned expert in human motivation, behavior change, and health technology. She has more than 15 years of experience developing interventions — both in person and via technology — across behaviors including physical activity, healthy eating, weight management, stress management, and smoking cessation. She has worked in academia, federal funding agencies, and in the private sector including employee wellness, health insurance, and both start-up and established health tech companies. She splits her time between Silicon Valley and DC, where she lives with her partner Stephen, two step kids, and her 18 year old cat, Kozmo. 

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Rasika Mathias, PhD

Upcoming Lecture

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Dr. Mathias is an Associate Professor of Medicine with a primary appointment in the Divisions of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University where she leads a large integrative research program. Her research focuses on the application of the next frontier of sequencing approaches and the genetic basis of complex diseases with an emphasis on those diseases with established health disparities. 

Rasmus Nielsen, PhD

WE’RE ONE—BUT WE’RE NOT THE SAME: THE GENETIC BASIS OF DIFFERENTIAL HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

While we tend to be genetically similar to each other, there are important differences among humans caused by natural selection as our ancestors adapted to their local environments in different regions of the world. In this talk, Dr. Nielsen gives three examples of human physiological adaptation to the local environment. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Herman Pontzer, PhD

HEALTHY AS A HUNTER GATHERER: PALEOFACT AND PALEOFICTION IN MODERN METABOLIC MEDICINE

How do our modern lifestyles promote obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disease? In this talk, Dr. Pontzer discusses recent work from living hunter-gatherer populations, exploring the ways in which their diet and daily physical activity lead to their remarkable metabolic and cardiovascular health.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm 

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Randy Nesse, PhD

WHAT EVOLUTION OFFERS TO MEDICINE...AND VICE VERSA

Using the basic science of evolutionary biology to improve human health is a fast-growing enterprise. It expands the view from that of a mechanic to that of an engineer who asks why natural selection left us vulnerable to so many diseases.

Friday, May 3, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Other Lectures

Floyd (Ski) Chilton, PhD

Escape from Inflammation Nation: The five scientifically-proven and mindful steps to health and joy.

(part of the Living Healthy with Arthritis Lecture Series, 2019. Arizona Arthritis Center.)

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