Harvard Medical School's The Longwood Seminars

Video Lectures

Displaying all 11 video lectures.
Lecture 1
Beyond Belief
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Beyond Belief
Exploring the connection between personal beliefs and physical health. (April 23, 2013)
Lecture 2
It's All In Your Head
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It's All In Your Head
Building better brains through neuroengineering. (April 2, 2013)
Lecture 3
The Power of Zzzzs
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The Power of Zzzzs
Uncovering why sleep is essential to our well-being and how to get more. (March 19, 2013)
Lecture 4
Demystifying Nutrition
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Demystifying Nutrition
The value of food, vitamins and supplements. (March 5, 2013)
Lecture 5
Living Long, Living Well: Aging With Flourish
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Living Long, Living Well: Aging With Flourish
Harvard Medical School Office of Communications & External Relations

As life expectancy continues to rise throughout the US, many of us can look forward to a longer life. In this Longwood Seminar, you will learn about the biology of aging to help explain the changes that take place in the body as people age, as well as hear practical advice from a physician about how to live a long and healthy life.
Lecture 6
Food for Thought: Genetically Modified Nourishment
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Food for Thought: Genetically Modified Nourishment
Harvard Medical School Office of Communications & External Relations

Since the early 90's when it was first produced in the US, the value of genetically modified (GM) food has been challenged and debated. In this Longwood Seminar, you will learn about how GM foods are produced and how the process may change in the future. The relative benefits and controversies surrounding GM foods as well as policy issues associated with their production are discussed. Faculty members knowledgeable about GM goods share what is known about the technology and how it may in time be used to address worldwide problems, such as hunger and disease.
Lecture 7
From Vision to Touch: Exploring the Five Senses
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From Vision to Touch: Exploring the Five Senses
Harvard Medical School Office of Communications & External Relations

The senses make it possible to explore our surroundings and communicate in the world, but do you understand their role in the body? At this Longwood Seminar, a panel of Harvard faculty members who specialize in each of the five senses share their expertise on touch, vision, hearing, smell and taste, and discuss ways the senses can be leveraged to affect our health.
Lecture 8
The Race to Grace: Surviving Stress
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The Race to Grace: Surviving Stress
Harvard Medical School Office of Communications & External Relations

In today's 24-7 world, it's common to feel anxious, overburdened and stressed periodically. At this Longwood Seminar, doctors explain how the body responds to stressful situations and describe how stress affects psychological and physiological well-being. Faculty members share insight about how stress can be effectively managed.
Lecture 9
Patience and Patients: Understanding the Spectrum of Alzheimer's Disease
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Patience and Patients: Understanding the Spectrum of Alzheimer's Disease
As human life expectancy increases, so does the possibility that a family member or friend will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Fortunately, researchers are continually learning more about what causes this debilitating condition and discovering new ways to help patients cope with symptoms. At this March 6, 2012, seminar, you will hear from faculty members who will share insight about the disease and tips for caring for a loved one. Learn more about the Longwood Seminars by visiting hms.harvard.edu/public/longwood.
Lecture 10
Singing in the Shower to Shaking in Your Boots: The Science of Emotion
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Singing in the Shower to Shaking in Your Boots: The Science of Emotion
As the childhood song goes, "If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it," but do you ever truly wonder why you're happy? Have you thought about where our emotions come from and why they make us feel the way we do? A panel of Harvard faculty members whose research sheds light on the range of human emotion will explore the science behind the smiles and tears during this March 20, 2012, seminar. Learn more about the Longwood Seminars by visiting hms.harvard.edu/public/longwood.
Lecture 11
Panning for Therapeutic Gold: Cancer Genetics
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Panning for Therapeutic Gold: Cancer Genetics
The end of 2011 marked the 40-year anniversary of President Nixon declaring the War on Cancer. Though a cure has not yet been discovered, the understanding of genetics is revolutionizing cancer research and improving the ways in which we can battle one of medicine's most challenging diseases. At this April 3, 2012, seminar, Harvard researchers will discuss how far we have come and where the field is heading in revealing the causes of cancer and our potential to develop transformative therapies. Learn more about the Longwood Seminars by visiting hms.harvard.edu/public/longwood.