What is Global Health? (WiGH?)
Summary: WiGH? brings together the voices of prominent scientists, activists, and student leaders from diverse fields to conceptualize interdisciplinary solutions to major problems in scientific research and public health. We also explore the philosophical underbelly of these provocative issues; our guests share stories and anecdotes, and we ask them to reflect on their moral convictions. We try to personalize science and public health through intimate conversation and by asking: “What is Global Health?” Hosted and produced by The Journal of Global Health team at Columbia University.
In WiGH? Episode #32, Andre speaks with Dr. Levine about what sports medicine is and how it is different compared to other specialties of medicine.
In Episode #31 of WiGH? “Complexity, Change, and Hope: The Fight Against Childhood Cancer in the US and Abroad,” Lizzie Cochran speaks with Dr. Daniel Bowers, pediatric oncologist at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, faculty member at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and director of Children’s childhood cancer survivorship program. Dr. Bowers discusses the changing nature of the field of pediatric oncology, his hope for the future of childhood cancer treatment, and the impact that future could have on childhood cancer survival rates in the developing world.
In Episode #30, part 1 of WiGH?, “Disaster Medicine and Relief: Moving Forward from Tohoku“, Mariko Kanai speaks with Dr. Shunichi Homma, Associate Chief of Cardiology at Columbia University and president of JAMSNET (Japanese Medical Support Network), and Kenny Nakazawa, a 2013 Nishimiya Fellow and student at Columbia University.
In Episode #29 of WiGH?, “Why We Should Care,” Margaret Chou speaks to Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento, a founding member of Hands Up for Haiti. In this episode, she speaks about the organization, describes their interesting and effective approaches to improving and raising awareness for global health, and shows her dedication to figuring out sustainable health care for children in Haiti. Also, there is a video interview component to this audio podcast.
In Episode #28 of WiGH?, “A Conversation with Samson Njolomole from Partners in Global Health,” Margaret Chou speaks to Samson Njolomole. As a human rights activist, he has worked towards improving the health care and treatment of HIV in his home district of Neno, Malawi. Here, Mr. Njolomole discusses how to inspire people and raise awareness towards global health issues.
In Episode #27 of WiGH?, “A Look Into Sports Medicine,” Margaret Chou speaks to Dr. Answorth Allen. As a leader of sports medicine, performing on athletes such as Jeremy Lin, Dr. Allen discusses his experiences in this field as well as provides inspiring advice to hopeful future physicians.
In Episode 26 of WiGH? Shua Bhattacharya speaks with Dr. Christopher Dawes about genopolitics, or how genetics may affect our political attitudes. They explore ways in which both genes and the environment potentially influence political behavior.
In Episode 24, part 3 of WiGH?, "The Global Good of Palliative Care: Looking Beyond the Curative Model," Emma Cheng speaks with Dr. Victoria Raveis, a Research Professor and Director of the Psychosocial Research Unit on Health, Aging and Community. In this episode, Dr. Raveis discusses her experiences and stresses the global need to increase international awareness of palliative cure as a complement to curative care, as we continue to address issues such as HIV/AIDS and our world’s aging population.
In Episode 24, part 2 of WiGH?, "Caring for the Dying: Perpetuating Terence Cardinal Cooke's Legacy," Emma Cheng speaks with Dr. Anthony Lechich, the medical director of Terence Cardinal Cooke Center, who contemplates the personal rewards and challenges of working in palliative care.
Episode 25 of WiGH? features Paul Thurman, Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, Professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and Researcher at the National Cancer Institute. Professor Thurman discusses the structural challenges of the United States’ healthcare system and effective incentives to improve the quality of health.
In Episode 24, part 1 of WiGH?, "Caring for the Young: A Look into Pediatric Palliative Care," Dr. Penelope Buschman discusses her personal experience working in pediatric palliative care and ponders larger questions and challenges within the field of geriatrics and end-of-life care.
In Episode 23 of WiGH? Eric Wei speaks with Dr. Cori Bargmann, winner of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor at Rockefeller University. Dr. Bargmann discusses the role of genetics and the role of the environment in animal behavior. Continue reading →
In 2004, Frances Champagne found evidence suggesting that maternal nurture among rats leads to the irreversible chemical modification of offspring DNA. After her paper was published in Nature Neuroscience, it became one of the most-cited scientific papers of all time and has contributed to an enormous game changer in the age-old biological debate on nature vs. nurture. In this episode of WiGH?, Champagne discusses her landmark 2004 paper and shares with us some of the most recent advances in the field of behavioral epigenetics. Continue reading →
In Episode 21, "The Spiritual Seeds of Science: The Cultural Link Between Science and Religion," Dr. George Saliba discusses his view of both science and theology as coexisting facets of culture, addresses atheism, and examines how religion can actually plant the seeds of science in the context of Islamic history. Saliba Continue reading →
In Episode #20 of WiGH?, Sneha Subramaniam speaks with Joanne Loewy, director and founder of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine of the Department of Music Therapy at Beth Israel Hospital. Dr. Lowey discusses both her personal and professional experience with music therapy and working with patients of all ages and backgrounds. They explore the role of music in human development starting as early as conception. Continue reading →