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Dr. Phil Stieg, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and founder and Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, introduces his new podcast, which will explore different aspects of our most important and complex organ – the brain. In each episode, this world-renowned neurosurgeon will present a view into how the brain works, what can go wrong, and what we know about how to fix it. Get life-saving information and timely advice on how to live a brain-healthy life.

This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stie‪g‬ Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center

    • Life Sciences
    • 4.7 • 89 Ratings

Dr. Phil Stieg, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and founder and Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, introduces his new podcast, which will explore different aspects of our most important and complex organ – the brain. In each episode, this world-renowned neurosurgeon will present a view into how the brain works, what can go wrong, and what we know about how to fix it. Get life-saving information and timely advice on how to live a brain-healthy life.

    What's So Funny?

    What's So Funny?

    Delve into a comedian's brain to discover what makes people laugh -- and when the comic is also a neuroscientist, it's no joke. Dr. Ori Amir studies what goes on in the brain as jokes are born, and he's learned how to “get out of his head” to write some pretty funny stuff. Be afraid: He is working on using artificial intelligence to come up with new puns to make us groan.

    • 16 min
    Are You Smarter Than a Teenage Neuroscientist?

    Are You Smarter Than a Teenage Neuroscientist?

    Welcome to the International Brain Bee, where the innovators of tomorrow — most of them still too young to drive — are spending their days memorizing brain parts, studying neurons, and even dissecting cadaver brains. Meet Norbert Mylinski, who founded the worldwide competition, and Julianne McCall, a Brain Bee alum who is now ‎co-director of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine. Plus... How many Brain Bee questions could YOU answer?  

    • 23 min
    The Change Is Gonna Come: Menopause and the Brain

    The Change Is Gonna Come: Menopause and the Brain

    Menopause can wreak havoc on mood and body temperature as it signals the end of fertility, but some of the biggest changes it causes are in the brain. Emily Jacobs, assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at UC Santa Barbara, explains how the precipitous decline in estrogen during the "change of life" disrupts the endocrine system, and why menopause makes some women feel like they're going crazy while others sail through unscathed. 

    • 19 min
    How Gabby Giffords Found Her Voice

    How Gabby Giffords Found Her Voice

    After the shocking 2011 shooting that sent a would-be assassin’s bullet through her brain, former U.S. Rep. Giffords had to re-learn how to breathe, walk, and talk. In the Season 2 premiere episode of This Is Your Brain, Dr. Stieg talks with neurologic music therapist Maegan Morrow, whose innovative techniques helped Giffords “rewire” her brain and regain her voice. Bonus: Special appearance by Ms. Giffords herself.

    • 33 min
    Genetics, Metabolism, and Alzheimer's Disease

    Genetics, Metabolism, and Alzheimer's Disease

    One in three cases of Alzheimer's disease may be preventable, and some cases are even predictable. Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine, explains how scientists look at genetics, lifestyle, and medical history to evaluate an individual's risk of developing the disease. Plus... how your belly size affects your memory center

    • 14 min
    When Children Have Seizures

    When Children Have Seizures

    What happens in a child's brain to cause seizures, and why have children with epilepsy been so stigmatized? In this encore presentation, Dr. Stieg talks with pediatric neurosurgeon Caitlin Hoffman, MD, and neuropsychologist Heidi Bender, PhD, to provide a primer for parents, classmates, and teachers. Plus... How best to help if you see someone having a seizure.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

hHelennn ,

Finally !

I was so happy to hear the recent episode on menopause and brain health. As I get closer to menopause, I really appreciate hearing about what the medical and scientific communities are learning about menopause . More research is clearly needed on this very important topic!

NYC mom_Tribeca ,

Marijuana to treat alcohol abuse

Would like to hear an episode on this topic. Now that we know cannabinoids treat ailments because of their interaction with receptors in the human endocannabinoid system, maybe marijuana can treat alcoholism?

Marcus Aaron ,

Informative and Engaging

I thought Dr. Laura Kolbe on the “COVID’s Invisible Bullet” episode was great.

My favorite quote from her: “I thought it would be helpful if my patients could see what my whole face looks like since they really only see this narrow bit between my mask and bouffant, so I started wearing a picture of myself on the outside of my PPE and leaving a little photo of myself so they have a feeling of who their doctor actually is.”

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