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Stanford Medicine physicians and health-care experts presented their latest research and practical tips for improving health and overcoming disease. Video replays will soon be available for all three presentations.

Personalized Nutrition: Eating Well for Yourself and the Planet
Christopher Gardner, PhD, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and Research Professor at Stanford Prevention Research Center

Moderated by: Cassy Christianson, Stanford Medicine Community Council Member

Vegan, low-fat, low-carb, keto, Mediterranean: Is there one type of diet that’s best for your personal health based on your unique genetic or metabolic makeup? How can you make your food choices more sustainable and less damaging to the planet without sacrificing flavor? Stanford professor and nutrition scientist Christopher Gardner, PhD, discusses the personalized nutrition trend—and whether the explosion of companies promising to help you find your optimal DNA- or microbiome-based diet are really onto something. Relaying his trials and tribulations in investigating optimal nutrition with an engaging blend of science and humor, Dr. Gardner explores whether we should ultimately, and more optimally, simply be choosing to eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

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Using the Immune System to Treat Cancer
Ronald Levy, MD, the Robert K. and Helen K. Summy Professor and Associate Director of Translational Science at the Stanford Cancer Institute

Moderated by: Melissa Bondy, PhD, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health and the Stanford Medicine Discovery Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine 

Immunotherapy is revolutionizing the treatment of lymphoma and many other cancers. Cancer researcher and immunotherapy pioneer Dr. Ronald Levy discusses how scientists today are engaging the immune system to treat cancer. Learn about his groundbreaking early work on using antibodies as personalized anti-cancer drugs and the development of the first monoclonal antibody therapy for cancer, rituximab, which is widely used to treat and often cure lymphoma. And discover what’s to come: developing antibodies that take the brakes off the immune system, engineering specially targeted cells to attack cancer cells, and developing in situ therapeutic vaccination of cancer.

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Pain, Pleasure, and the Addictive Chase for Dopamine
Anna Lembke, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic 

Moderated by: Sandra Rodrigues Ben-Efraim, Stanford Medicine Community Council Member

Author of the best-selling book Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, Stanford Psychiatry Professor Anna Lembke decodes complex neuroscience into applicable strategies that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure can lead to pain. An expert in treating addictions of all kinds, Dr. Lembke discusses the biology and psychology of why people become addicted to certain substances and behaviors and the key role that our dopamine levels play in creating addiction. Learn how conducting a dopamine fast can help curb our innate desire to overindulge, be it with drugs, alcohol, food, work, the Internet, or sex, and find contentment and connectedness by keeping dopamine in check.

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