With: Judy Silberg (Virginia Commonwealth University)
The key to understanding the genes behind diseases is in studying thousands of pairs of twins. Judy Silberg is the director of the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry, which has been tracking twins on behalf of researchers for decades.
With: Dr. Boris Kovatchev & Dr. Sue Brown (University of Virginia)
Living with Type 1 diabetes often means painful testing and complicated calculations about blood sugar levels. But now, a new artificial pancreas is promising relief — if parents can get their hands on it. Dr. Boris Kovatchev and Dr. Sue Brown are part of a team behind the device.
With: Don Johnson (Northern Virginia Community College)
“Virtual cadavers” and body fluid simulators are having big impacts on the way medicine is taught – and on patient safety. Don Johnson oversees new hi-tech simulators offering nursing students a chance to get messy with no consequences.
With: Kenneth Brayman (University of Virginia)
In 30 years, organ transplants may be taking a back seat to a serum grown from the patient’s own cells and administered to heal the damaged organ. And those who need new organs will be getting new biological parts from 3-D printers. That’s the vision of Kenneth Brayman, who heads Transplant Surgery at the University of Virginia. Brayman discusses recent advances in organ transplantation.
With: Lawrence Schwartz (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts are making life miserable for millions. Lawrence Schwartz explains why our bodies over-react to these seemingly benign substances. Schwartz was named Outstanding Faculty of 2016 by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.