Conversation with Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr to be webcast as part of Health Matters

Stanford Medicine's free community event, which runs May 10-15, will include talks and Q&As that explore the latest advances in medicine, health and wellness.

A conversation between Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, will be streamed online May 11 as part of Health Matters 2021.

The eight-time NBA champion will share how his ideals were tested by the COVID-19 pandemic, an interrupted season and the loss of Black lives in confrontations with police. He and Minor also will discuss their shared passion for inspiring high-performance teams and keeping their organizations, their communities and themselves healthy.

Registration for Health Matters, which is free and runs May 10-15, is now open. Events this year will be online and include talks and Q&As that explore the latest advances in medicine, health and wellness, as well as an hourlong webinar for high schoolers interested in careers in medicine or medical research. (Registration for the webinar, Med School Morning, is separate.)

The virtual Health Hub will feature on-demand classes, demonstrations and community resources.

In addition, Stanford Medicine Community Councilwoman Kori Shaw will interview Stanford health psychologist and author Kelly McGonigal, PhD, on May 14 about life after the pandemic in a conversation titled “Moving past COVID with courage, hope, and self-compassion.” Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Health Matters lineup also will feature the following talks, each of which will be followed by a live Q&A: 

·       Health risks and prevention strategies for Asians: Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS, professor of primary care and population health, will discuss diseases that affect Asians at higher rates than racial groups. 

·       Harnessing the microbiome to prevent and treat disease: Michael Fischbach, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering and of microbiology and immunology, will explore what the unique collection of bacteria living in our body’s digestive systems say about our health.

·       Diabetes debunked: fact vs. fiction: Sun Kim, MD, MS, associate professor of endocrinology and a group leader at the Stanford Diabetes Research Center, will dispel rumors and answer questions about the most effective ways to manage glucose levels. 

·       What’s really happening with migrant kids at the border: Paul Wise, MD, MPH, the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society, and a court-appointed special adviser on the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, will share recent developments, images and stories from his experience there and on other global humanitarian missions.

·       The genome odyssey: Euan Ashley, MB ChB, DPhil, professor of medicine, of genetics and of biomedical data science, will address how genomics is expanding the boundaries of our medical capabilities. The first 100 guests to log in for this talk will receive a free copy of his new book, The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them.

Registrants for Health Matters, which is hosted by Stanford Medicine, will have opportunities to win an Apple Watch Series 6, Farm Fresh to You gift cards and yearly Headspace subscriptions.

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