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Posted on: January 2, 2019

High Definition Precision Healthcare is Coming


Hal Slavkin, Professor and Dean Emeritus from USC, returns to Crowell Library January 8th, with a new class about the recent advances in healthcare based on new understanding of the human genome.  In six sessions, participants will explore healthcare and biotechnology, with a focus on the new personalized healthcare options.

The lectures will provide an historical view of healthcare in the United States from 1900 to the present, highlighting major healthcare reforms. Throughout this period of time, cost, access, and quality have each served as drivers for various types off health policies and federal, state, and local legislation. Considering cost, the USA now spends $3.2 trillion on healthcare yet ranks 9th out of the 9 major industrial nations of the world in health outcomes. Considering access, we do not as yet provide healthcare access to all Americans whereas other industrial nations provide 100% of their populations with healthcare. We have 10,000 people per day turning 65 years of age and this cohort also contains the vast majority of chronic diseases and disorders. Meanwhile, profoundly significant discoveries have and are being made that can provide innovation and transformation for USA healthcare. This lecture series will highlight what is and what might be.

Today healthcare providers consider factors such as genotype (an inventory of all that person’s genes), phenotype (the sum of observable characteristics from hair color to cardiac function) and the environment (epigenetics) in which the individual exists.  This course will demonstrate how phenotype connects with genotype; the principles underlying the development and evolutionary process of how an organism grows; and how novel and innovative gene editing techniques can address major human diseases and disorders such as birth defects, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary disorders, periodontal diseases, cancers, mental diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases and disorders.

Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Hal Slavkin has served as Chair of Biochemistry, and as the Director for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  No reservations are required.

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