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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

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    • 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.

    Uncovering Insights into Cancer and Alzheimer's with Marcus Peter, PhD

    Uncovering Insights into Cancer and Alzheimer's with Marcus Peter, PhD

    For decades, Marcus Peter, PhD, has drilled into an area of research focused on cell death and the roles of toxic and protective short RNAs, with the goal of developing a novel form of cancer treatment. Now, this same line of research has led Peter’s team to uncover new insights into the cause of Alzheimer's disease. In this episode, Peter explains his pioneering work in investigating RNA interference in diseases and explains how his lab’s latest novel discovery may have relevance to an array of neurodegenerative diseases beyond Alzheimer’s.

    • 27 min
    The Evolution of Digital Pathology with Lee Cooper, PhD

    The Evolution of Digital Pathology with Lee Cooper, PhD

    New advances in digital pathology are revolutionizing the analysis of disease, paving the way for greater accuracy and efficiency when it comes to diagnostics, predicting outcomes and treatment. In this episode, Lee Cooper, PhD, discusses the future of digital and computational pathology and his research on machine learning and pathology, including a recent study published in Nature Medicine on using AI in predicting clinical outcomes for breast cancer patients.

    • 20 min
    Driving Innovations in Biostatistics with Denise Scholtens, PhD

    Driving Innovations in Biostatistics with Denise Scholtens, PhD

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is home to a team of premier faculty and staff biostatisticians who are a driving force of data analytic innovation and excellence. In this episode, Denise Scholtens, PhD, a leader in biostatistics at Feinberg, discusses the growing importance of the field of biostatistics and how she leverages her skills to collaborate on several projects in Maternal and Fetal Health.

    • 23 min
    Leading Pediatric Obesity Research with Justin Ryder, PhD

    Leading Pediatric Obesity Research with Justin Ryder, PhD

    Northwestern Medicine scientists are at the forefront of research investigating the most effective ways of treating obesity in children and teens and improving their access to care.
    In this episode, Justin Ryder, PhD, a clinical and translational obesity scientist at Feinberg, talks about the use of new GLP-1–based medications for childhood obesity and his work on several NIH-funded projects focused on understanding how pediatric obesity impacts chronic disease risk and how biology drives weight regain. 

    • 22 min
    Discovering New ALS Therapeutic Avenues with Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD

    Discovering New ALS Therapeutic Avenues with Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD

    An estimated 32,000 Americans are currently living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord.

    Northwestern investigators have uncovered novel cellular mechanisms involved in two types of genetic ALS that might lead to future targeted therapies. Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD, shares insights on these findings recently published in Science Advances and Cell Reports. 

    • 25 min
    Pursuing Deeper Understanding of Inflammation with Murali Prakriya, PhD

    Pursuing Deeper Understanding of Inflammation with Murali Prakriya, PhD

    Inflammation is a common feature of many diseases and Northwestern Medicine investigators have identified how a calcium channel contributes to inflammation in the brain and lungs. This could aid in finding new types of therapeutics for inflammation-related diseases and conditions. In this episode, Murali Prakriya, PhD, discusses the evolution of this groundbreaking research in ion channels as well as his latest findings published in Nature Communications.

    • 23 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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