SftP Videos: Medical Research

Discoveries in genetics, cell biology and virology are clarifying the roles of heredity and environment in health and the defenses of cells against disease and infection. Innovations in bio-engineering suggest very hopeful developments for prostheses and regeneration. But scientists are also warning about pollutants, climate change, food production practices, certain medications, and stress. This collection addresses the great advances in medical research.

A Wearable Brain-Stimulation Device

Designing a wearable device to study brain function and dysfunction, with a goal of precise therapeutic interventions to treat neurodegenerative diseases Shawn Kelly

Beyond the Gene: Epigenetics Revealed

New understanding of the complex relationship between genes and the epigenome. Mary Gehring

Bionic Being: The New Prosthetics

In this extraordinary era almost any limb, organ or tissue can be replaced. Shawn Kelly

Brain Map: How the Brain Orchestrates Motion

The awesome brain work necessary for picking up a pencil. Tamar Flash

Breakthrough in Antibiotics Resistance

An ingenious solution to the crisis of ineffective antibiotics is making headlines. Kim Lewis

Breakthroughs in Nanotechnology

Advances in nanotechnology are revolutionizing medicine. A leader in the field describes recent developments and his commitment to making them available to a wide public. Sameer Sonkusale

Climate Change Brings Changes to Medical Training

Because of climate change, many regions are experiencing diseases introduced by unfamiliar insects, microbes, and other sources. This situation requires a new approach to training medical students. Gaurab Basu, M.D., MPH

Conflicting Science on the Safety of Genetically Modified Food

Many nations prohibit GMO foods, but the US doesn't even require labeling. What can science tell us about GMOs? Sheldon Krimsky

Cracking the Neural Code for Speech

The Neural Prosthesis Lab at Boston University demonstrates the Brain-Computer-Interface: a communication device for the severely impaired. Frank Guenther

Creating and Testing Vaccines

The amazing mechanisms by which viruses infect cells and the challenge of developing effective vaccines. Forian Douam

Environmental Contaminants and Autism

Determining the relationship between environmental contaminants and the global increase in autism. Marc Weisskopf

Environmental Toxins and the Brain

Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain. Philippe Grandjean

Evolution of the Y Chromosome: Males Will Survive

The scientist who led the sequencing of the Y chromosome explains its evolution, its survival, and possible relationship to conditions and diseases that affect mostly males. David Page

From The Cell to Cancer

What causes cancer, and how do the current different theories influence the research? A internationally prominent research team provides a unique view. Ana Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein

Genetics and Social Responsibility

A distinguished leader in genetic research discusses his dual commitment to science and ethics. Jon Beckwith

Good Diet, Good Health

The typical American diet, heavy on processed food and excess sugar, is associated with high levels of diabetes 2, heart disease and other conditions. What is a genuinely good diet and how does it promote health? Walter Willett

Harnessing the Bioelectric Potential of Cells for Regeneration

Can bioelectric signals in cells be exploited for regeneration of limbs and tissue? This is an important area of medical research. Michael Levin

Herbal Medicines Decoded: How Plants That Soothe and Cure Do It

From ancient traditions to modern pharmaceutical labs, certain plants have been valued for their therapeutic qualities. The Weng Lab analyzes the unique chemistry --and evolution-- of such plants. Jing-Ke Weng

How Delayed Release of Industry Data on Chemical Toxicity Impacts Health

Producers of perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFAS) withheld for decades the facts about the health and environmental threats of these ubiquitous toxins. Philippe Grandjean

How Environmental Pollutants Impair Brain Development

A world authority on how environmental toxins affect brain development brings the evidence to the general public. Philippe Grandjean

How Nanotechnology is Revolutionizing Medicine

The unique features of the nano-scale are revolutionizing medical research and medical care. Here is the why and the how of that revolution. Sameer Sonkusale

How TB Bacteria Evade Treatment

TB cells do not all respond to antibiotics. Discovering why is the key to effective treatment. Bree Aldridge

Innovative Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance

New approaches and technologies offer fresh insights to antibiotic resistance, and real solutions. Gautam Dantas

Long-Term Health Threats of BPA and Other Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors such as BPA cause developmental problems and disease. How does this damage occur? Ana Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein

Medicating ADHD: Diagnosis and the Long-Term Effects of the Medications

The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs. Robert Whitaker

Nanotechnology Advances for Healthcare and Environment

Truly innovative research: nano-tech devices for medicine and environment. Sameer Sonkusale

Nanotechnology in Medicine

A tour of some innovative medical nano-devices at the Tufts University Nano Lab. Sameer Sonkusale

Neural Disruption and Motor Dysfunctions

How neuroscientists probe the neural mechanisms behind disorders such as Parkinson's disease and other motor dysfunctions.. Jill Crittenden.

New Ways of Imaging the Brain

A visit to the Alan Jasanoff Lab at MIT to learn how brain scientists are developing new techniques and devices to improve brain imaging.

Probing the Causes of Cancer

The dual role of socioeconomic background and a family of (BET) proteins in the disproportionate occurrence of certain cancers. Gerald V. Denis

Probing the Health Molecules of Plants: The Weng Lab at Whitehead Institute

A visit to the Weng Lab at Whitehead Institute to learn how researchers exploit the mechanisms and molecules of plants contributing to medical innovations. Jing-Ke Weng

Psychiatric Drugs: Why They Often Fail Us Over Long Term

More than one in five Americans now takes a psychiatric medication. But long-term results are poor. Robert Whitaker, author of several books on this subject, discusses the problems of these meds and describes more effective initiatives.

Psychotropic Drugs and Children

The real dangers of psychotropic drugs that are routinely prescribed for children. Robert Whitaker

Public Health: A Deeper Perspective

An explanation of how environment, community, class, and other factors must be included in public health. Sandro Galea

Revealing the Brain through States of Unconsciousness

Important insights into the brain from research on anesthesia, coma and sleep. Emery N. Brown

Scientists Raise the Alarm: Endocrine Disruptors Affect Brain Development

An important update on the impact of common toxins in the environment that permanently affect the brain -starting in the womb. The evidence of damage is far ahead of the regulation of these chemicals. Thomas Zoeller

See What I Mean? Visualizing in Science

Visual representation is essential for the communication of science concepts and data. Bang Wong

Spillover! Virus Transmission from Animals-to-Humans

Many viruses, including coronaviruses such as covid-19, originate in wild animals. Understanding the transfer and infection process is a major concern in medical science today. Jonathan Runstadler

The Advent of Personalized Genomic Medicine

Genomic medicine will revolutionize health care, but it also introduces a challenge for data management. John Quackenbush

The Electric Eye: A Visual Prosthesis

A major breakthrough in the restoration of vision. Shawn Kelly

The Impact of Air Pollution on Health

Jonathan Levy of Boston University School of Public Health describes how urban air pollutants such as vehicle exhaust affect our health.

The Issue of Psychiatric Drugs

Medications that are effective initially can cause very serious problems later. Robert Whitaker

The Widespread Resistance to Antibiotics: Stuart B. Levy, M.D.

Exploring the "antibiotic paradox" and the decades-long efforts of Dr. Stuart Levy to avert the danger we have created

The World Health Organization: Lifeline for the World's Children

A distinguished physician-researcher explains the many threats to children's health all over the world, and how millions of young lives are saved by the W.H.O. Davidson Hamer, M.D.

The Youth Pill

What are the possibilities of extending human life and good health? David Stipp

They Didn't Believe It! The Germ Theory of Disease

Despite great medical accomplishments in ancient civilizations, then medical advances from the 17th century on, the connection between germs and disease was unknown.

Traffic Pollution and Child Cognition

The effects of vehicle pollutants on the developing brain. Shakira Franco Suglia

Understanding Viruses: The Connor Lab

The Connor Lab at Boston University is a leader in the effort to understand how viruses infect and how cells learn how to block infection. John Connor

Unraveling the Secrets of Viruses

Why are viruses so successful, and can we manage the bad ones? John Connor

Viruses: Threats in a Tiny Package

Viral infections that were once obscure are potentially global threats in a highly linked world. New tools are being deployed to identify and block these diseases. John Connor

What Should We Talk about When We Talk about Health?

A comprehensive approach to public health: the body, the environment, the culture, the conditions. Sandro Galea

What's Your DNA Profile Doing on a Federal Database?

The public should be more familiar with the broad implications of forensic DNA. Sheldon Krimsky.