Outdoor Health Talks

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Stanford Medicine physicians and health care experts present their latest research and practical tips for improving health and well-being, overcoming disease, and extending years of health.

10:00 a.m.
How 21st Century Science Is Improving How We Age
Deborah Kado, MD, MS,
Professor of Medicine–Primary Care and Population Health, Co-Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and Chief of Geriatrics Research in the Department of Medicine

We’re now living decades longer than even a few generations ago, yet aging is still often considered a disease. Dr. Kado, a geriatrician and longevity specialist, will share some of the groundbreaking work occurring at the Stanford Center on Longevity to help people stay mentally sharp, physically fit, and thrive well into their later years. Learn what steps you can take now to remain mobile and active, reduce stress, improve sleep, and enhance nutrition—all factors essential to healthy aging. Discover how Stanford researchers are accelerating and implementing scientific discoveries, technological advances, and behavioral practices to helping people live healthy, productive, and purpose-driven lives that may span a century.

11:00 a.m.
Food as Medicine | Eat Well for Longevity and Health
Christopher Gardner, PhD, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine and Research Professor at the Stanford Prevention Research Center
Michelle Hauser, MD, MS, MPA, FACP, FACLM, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery–General Surgery and Director of Obesity Medicine at the Stanford Lifestyle and Weight Management Center
Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

How do your food choices affect your health and longevity? Learn about the growing body of scientific evidence on how the diversity of your gut microbiome directly impacts your physical health. Hear about Stanford-led food studies that demonstrate the restorative power of plant-based diets to reduce your biological age. And discover the power of culinary medicine—a growing field that brings together nutrition and culinary knowledge to treat food-related diseases and help people move away from lifestyles that lead to chronic disease and toward those that promote health and well-being.

12:00 p.m.
Novel Therapies Offer New Hope for Patients with Mental Health Disorders
Nolan Williams, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab

The United States is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis—one in six people suffer from a mood or anxiety disorder, yet current treatments fail many. Join Dr. Williams for a discussion of SAINT, the revolutionary neuromodulation therapy developed at Stanford that led to remission in 80% of clinical trial patients with severe depression within days. He will also share an inside look at Stanford’s new Experimental Therapeutics Hub, where physician-scientists are expanding avenues of research into non-traditional therapeutics, including the use of psychedelics and novel drug treatments to tackle the most pervasive disorders of the brain, and to bring relief to the millions of people suffering from life-threatening and life-limiting mental health issues.