Chronic Disease Seminars

This seminar series focus on one of today's greatest public health challenges: the global epidemic of chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and the pandemic of obesity. To foster discussion and innovation across the Mailman community on key questions such as the role of prevention and health preservation, how to reduce disparities, determining which policies and interventions will be most impactful and at what points in the life-course, and how to set goals and measure progress, the School offers talks by thought leaders outside of and among the Mailman School faculty.

Faculty and doctoral students are also invited to meet with the speakers. To RSVP or to arrange to meet with a speaker, contact km2884 [at] columbia.edu (Kim Milian).

See below for the upcoming schedule. For information on past seminars, including links to readings and video, view the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 recaps.

Previous Lectures
 

Death and Money

September 18, 2017
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Allan Rosenfield Building
722 West 168th St., Hess Commons

Sir Angus Deaton, PhD [BIO]
Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus
Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Emeritus
Senior Scholar, Princeton University
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Peter Muennig, MD, MPH
Professor of Health Policy and Management

  

Tinkering with Evolution: CRISPR-Cas, Gene Editing, Health and the Future of the Genome

October 9, 2017
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Allan Rosenfield Building
722 West 168th St., Hess Commons

Barry S. Coller, MD [BIO]
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Physician in Chief and David Rockefeller Professor
The Rockefeller University

Nathaniel Comfort, PhD [BIO]
Professor, Department of the History of Medicine
Director of Graduate Studies, History of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

 

Not Your Grandfather’s Clock: Circadian Rhythms, Fitness and Disease

November 13, 2017
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Allan Rosenfield Building
722 West 168th St., Room 532 A/B

Joseph T. Bass, MD, PhD [BIO]
Director of the Center for Diabetes and Metabolism
Charles F. Kettering Professorship of Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Olga Cecilia Castro-Diehl, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Medicine (College of Physicians and Surgeons)

 

Firearm Injury: An Intractable Problem?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Allan Rosenfield Building
722 West 168th St., Hess Commons

Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH [BIO]
Professor of Health Policy and Management 
Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research 
Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Charles Branas, PhD
Chair and Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor
Department of Epidemiology

 

The Emerging Epidemic of Neurological Disease

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Allan Rosenfield Building
722 West 168th St., Hess Commons

Justin C. McArthur, MBBS, MPH, FAAN, FANA [BIO]
John W. Griffin Professor of Neurology and Professor of Pathology, Medicine, and Epidemiology
Director, Department of Neurology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Mitchell S. V. Elkind, MD, MS, FAAN, FAHA
Professor of Epidemiology and Neurology
Head of the Division of Neurology Clinical Outcomes Research and Population Sciences (NeuroCORPS)
Fellowships Director, Department of Neurology
Columbia University

 

Gene-Environment Interactions and Beyond: How Genetics and Social Environment Shape Health

Monday, March 5, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Allan Rosenfield Building
722 West 168th St., Hess Commons

Dalton Conley, PhD [BIO]
Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology
Office of Population Research
The Center for Health and Wellbeing
Princeton University

Ruth Ottman, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology in Neurology and the Sergievsky Center
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

 

Social Media and the Epidemiology of Risk

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Allan Rosenfield Building
722 West 168th St., Hess Commons

Damon Centola, PhD [BIO]
Associate Professor of Communication
Director of the Network Dynamics Group
Annenberg School of Communications
University of Pennsylvania

Magdalena Cerdá, DrPH [BIO]
Visiting Faculty
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of California-Davis