Join us for the continuation of this popular series featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting edge technology in their various fields of expertise.
Lectures scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month beginning September 2017 through May 2018.
Precision Medicine & Neurodegenerative Diseases
Leslie Thompson, PhD
Leslie Thompson, PhD, is a professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Biological Chemistry in the UC Irvine School of Medicine and is a professor of Neurobiology & Behavior in the UCI Ayala School of Biological Sciences.
Dr. Thompson is an expert in neurodegenerative disorders and is a leading researcher into the cause and treatment of Huntington’s Disease, an inherited, incurable and fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Her research, including the potential use of stem cells for treatment, has received funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the National Institutes for Health.
Dr. Thompson is also a leader in UCI’s precision medicine initiatives.
Love the Liver, Heal the Gut: An Integrative Doctor's Secret to Healthy Aging
Arvin Jenab, ND
Director of Naturopathic Medicine
UC Irvine Health Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Arvin Jenab is a naturopathic doctor at the UC Irvine Health Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. Jenab practices integrative medicine as whole-body, system-based medicine that utilizes a range of effective and appropriate conventional and alternative methods to treat illness and promote wellness. He treats patients with a wide range of chronic illnesses including digestive issues, mood disorders, cancer, chronic fatigue, and stress-related disorders.
Customizing Cataract Surgery—Choosing the Right Technology for You
Sumit Garg, MD
Medical Director, UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
Dr. Sumit Garg is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He is a highly-skilled clinician, surgeon and teacher and has particular expertise in cataract surgery and complication management, corneal, conjunctival and refractive surgery. He is actively participating in research related to the use of lasers in corneal transplantation, collagen cross-linking for keratoconus and using intraoperative aberrometry to improve outcomes in cataract surgery.
What You Need to Know Before Cataract Surgery
Marjan Farid, MD
Director, Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Ocular Surface Disease Program
UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
Dr. Marjan Farid is a board-certified ophthalmologist. Farid performs all forms of corneal transplantation, femtosecond enabled and lamellar keratoplasty (DSEK and DALK), with her research interests focusing on corneal surgery, specifically in the use of the Femtosecond laser for corneal transplantation. She is the founder of the Severe Ocular Surface Disease Center at UC Irvine Health. Farid is director of the cornea fellowship program at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.
Shalini Shah, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Dr. Shah is a fellowship-trained physician who specializes in the management and treatment of adult and pediatric pain. She has extensive training in chronic pain disorders in children, specifically in oncologic pain, head and neck pain, abdominal pain, scoliosis and spasticity disorders. Shah started and developed the Pediatric Pain Program, Cancer Pain Program and the Women’s Pain Program with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UC Irvine Health.
Amer Khalil, MD
Director, Comprehensive Spine Neurosurgery Program
Dr. Amer Khalil is a fellowship-trained UC Irvine Health neurosurgeon who specializes in spine surgery. As director of the neurosurgery spine program, he seeks to provide innovative therapies and technologies that will improve the health of his patients. Khalil is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the AOSpine Foundation and the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Khalil also received the Top Gun Award at the AANS meeting.
Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?
Daniela A. Bota, MD, PhD
Medical Director, UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program
Dr. Daniela A. Bota is a board-certified neuro-oncologist who specializes in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as in the neurological complications of cancers. Bota is a lead investigator on several clinical trials, including novel treatments using brain tumor vaccines and the use of electrical fields to inhibit the growth of gliomas.
Using Stem Cells to Cure Blindness
Henry John Klassen, MD, PhD
Director, Stem Cell & Retinal Regeneration Program
UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
Dr. Henry Klassen serves as research director for the Retinal Regeneration Program at the UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and is affiliated with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. He has focused on regenerating damaged retinal tissue to restore sight to people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. In addition to his medical degree, Klassen holds a doctorate in neurobiology and has delved into the retina’s unique architecture to understand how to repair the neural system.