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Breakthroughs is a podcast about groundbreaking research and the scientists leading these discoveries at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. We are driven by our mission to transform the practice of medicine and profoundly impact human health beyond the individual patient. We believe better answers only come from discovery.

Breakthroughs Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

Breakthroughs is a podcast about groundbreaking research and the scientists leading these discoveries at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. We are driven by our mission to transform the practice of medicine and profoundly impact human health beyond the individual patient. We believe better answers only come from discovery.

    Identifying How Genes Function to Better Understand Cancer with Mazhar Adli, PhD

    Identifying How Genes Function to Better Understand Cancer with Mazhar Adli, PhD

    Understanding how genes function is a vital part of understanding how to better treat cancer. Research led by Mazhar Adli, PhD, is grounded in the development of a systematic approach to identify the function of each gene in the human body. His team aims to discover novel therapeutic drug combinations to prevent cancer development and chemotherapy resistance. 

    • 23 min
    The Long-term Impact of Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents with Thomas Inge, MD, PhD

    The Long-term Impact of Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents with Thomas Inge, MD, PhD

    Bariatric surgery is proving to be an effective tool to help teenagers with severe obesity lose weight and reverse the progression of weight-related conditions, according to findings from the Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study (Teen-LABS). Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, principal investigator of Teen-LABS, shares results of the study, which is the only multicenter National Institute of Health sponsored research on adolescent bariatric surgery. 

    • 22 min
    The Role of Dopamine in Habit Formation and Compulsive Behavior with Talia Lerner, PhD

    The Role of Dopamine in Habit Formation and Compulsive Behavior with Talia Lerner, PhD

    How are habits – both good and bad – formed in the brain, and what role do habits play in diseases of the brain? These are some of the questions neuroscientist, Talia Lerner, PhD, is investigating in her lab. Her recent study, published in Cell Reports, may change the overall understanding of how habits are formed and could be broken.

    • 23 min
    Understanding the Immune System with Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, PhD

    Understanding the Immune System with Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, PhD

    Uniting scientists and harnessing the power of the immune system to fight disease is at the heart of the new Center for Human Immunobiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
    Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, PhD is leading the new center, she is also the new chief of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Medicine.  
    She discusses the variety of immunology research taking place within the new center and its goal of bringing a community of immunologists together to discover and translate innovative science into cures for immune-related diseases. 

    • 20 min
    Improving Health Outcomes Through Big Data with Theresa Walunas, PhD

    Improving Health Outcomes Through Big Data with Theresa Walunas, PhD

    In recent years, Feinberg has launched several initiatives to augment human expertise with computational methods and advance the science of human health. Theresa Walunas, PhD, explains how she is using big data from electronic medical records in a variety of projects at Feinberg, from improving quality of care to identifying patients who could develop debilitating autoimmune diseases. 

    • 20 min
    Identifying the Mechanisms of Seeing Color with Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD

    Identifying the Mechanisms of Seeing Color with Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD

    A celebrated molecular neuroscientist, Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD, is responsible for landmark discoveries that have changed our understanding of how humans see the world. He is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Baba138780 ,

Unique perspective & access

Topics are varied and interesting! Host Erin does an excellent job of including informative background knowledge and asking the right questions of guests. Episode length is just right. As someone in the research/medicine world, this gives me new insights and exposure to topics I would otherwise ignore. Thanks and keep the episodes coming!

NicoleMarie_123%++ ,

Thoroughly captivating!

I look forward to each new episode - this podcast really provides great insight into new medical discoveries and I love meeting the people behind the science.

Johnny304 ,

One of my favorites!

Excellent podcast involving some great minds in medicine. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in medical/educational podcasts.

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