YJBM is a PubMed-indexed, quarterly journal edited by Yale medical, graduate, and professional students and is peer-reviewed by experts in the fields of biology and medicine. All YJBM issues are open access on Pubmed. Each issue of the Journal is devoted to an exciting focus topic and through three episodes of this podcast, we will take you through the past, present, and future of the issue’s focus topic and interview experts in the field.
Rare Diseases: Interview with Carrie Flynn
In this episode, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine Podcast hosts Emma and Elizabeth interview Carrie Flynn, a MD/PhD candidate in Yale’s Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, on her perspective on rare diseases both as a physician scientist studying rare amoeba born-diseases and as a rare disease patient.
YJBM Preventative Medicine Issue: Interview with Dr. Emma Pierson
To kick off our content following YJBM’s March 2021 Issue on Preventative Medicine, Wes interviews Dr. Emma Pierson. Dr. Pierson is a computationalist and multidisciplinary scientist pairing novel methodologies with equally novel datasets to understand human health disparity and racial and economic inequality. Dr. Pierson is also a repeat contributor to science in the news, writing for outlets such as The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post, among others. Alongside these contributions, Dr. Pierson frequently posts to her personal blog (linked below) and has been recognized in Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Science. While seeking to understand the trajectory and aims of Dr. Pierson’s science and various contributions, our conversation moves across a number of topics. Highlights include a discussion on transitions between research fields, Dr. Pierson’s personal and familial inspirations for studying human health, traits of good scientific mentors, and cross pollination between academia and industry. Although some of her work is described here in brief, its impact can be seen more clearly in the journal articles themselves and the many associated pieces she has written for a general audience. To those who’ve kept up with empirical research on racial inequality in America over the past year, the Open Policing dataset that Dr. Pierson published will undoubtedly ring a bell. For others, it’s a great place to start. Her research has also included social policy recommendations in response to COVID-19 and a large-scale analysis in the historically overlooked area of Women’s health across temporal cycles of varied length. This expansive work fosters a discussion on the immense challenges and successes of data science, as applied to preventative medicine.
Sources and Related Material:
Pierson, E., Simoiu, C., Overgoor, J. et al. A large-scale analysis of racial disparities in police stops across the United States. Nat Hum Behav 4, 736–745 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0858-1
On the Web: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B58Os2Hb2v__YQ8whdWRULY9mgxxsHoO/view
Dr. Emma Pierson:
Wes Lewis (Host):
YJBM Does Sex Ed: What Makes a Good Mother
In this episode, co-hosts Kelsie and Victoria Harries discuss “what makes a good mom” from pregnancy to birthing choices. They cover how the definition of a good mom has changed over the past century and how the standards for moms has only increased, along with the number of choices a mother/soon-to-be mother has to make. … Continue reading YJBM Does Sex Ed: What Makes a Good Mother →
Six Steps to Fertilization
In this episode, co-hosts Carrie Ann and Emma discuss six steps in the basic biology of fertilization. They also discuss the history of fertilization research and the often overlooked active role of the egg in the process.
YJBM Sex Ed- Episode 1: Sex for Pleasure
In this installment of our YJBM Sex Education series, hosts Felicia and Chelsea bust some myths surrounding sex for pleasure and go into why humans have sex, the biology and evolution behind orgasms, sex differences in experiencing pleasure, the biochemistry behind pleasure, and the importance of conversations around pleasure in sexual health research and sex … Continue reading YJBM Sex Ed- Episode 1: Sex for Pleasure →
Skin Episode 1: Non-Human Skin
How do animals use their skin? Why can their skin be so weird? And why can lizards regrow their tails? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine Podcast, where hosts Elizabeth Nand, Kelsie Cassell, Carrie Ann Davison, and Devon Wasche discuss the skin … Continue reading Skin Episode 1: Non-Human Skin →