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Bringing together extraordinary people to drive innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy.




Dementia Decoded: Moving Forward

In the final episode of our Dementia Decoded series, we look at some of the innovative approaches that are being taken, and how they hold out new hope for the future. The prospects for a cure for neurodegenerative dementia might seem bleak - there's still so much we don't know about these conditions and about the brain itself, and research funding for it has traditionally been much lower than for other conditions that effect a similar number of people. But there's a new wave of international...


Dementia Decoded: Fighting Forgetting

In this episode of the Dementia Decoded series, we'll look at new and innovative ways people around the world are addressing this problem, and offer some tools and strategies for people dealing with dementia in their own families and communities. As the research community continues to work to find new and better medical treatments for neurodegenerative dementia, it's affecting millions more people every year, at a staggering cost to not only these people and their families, but also the...


Dementia Decoded: Decisions, Negotiations, and Choices

In the third episode of our Dementia Decoded series, we look at the current slate of treatment options available to people living with neurodegenerative dementia, and the road toward new and better ones. Dementia isn't like other diseases - the fear and stigma surrounding it often make it difficult to even get someone who may be living with it to get a proper diagnosis, and the perceived lack of options lead many to wonder if a diagnosis can do more harm than good. But while there's no cure...


Dementia Decoded: Plaques and Tangles

In the second episode of our Dementia Decoded series, we look at the current state of knowledge about the basic physiology of Alzheimer's, and how scientists are working to unlock its secrets. We've known about the basic pathological signatures of Alzheimer's disease for more than 100 years, but there's still a very great deal we don’t know about how the disease works and how to prevent it's devastating effects.


Dementia Decoded: A Special Illness

The first episode of our new five-part Dementia Decoded podcast series looks at what Alzheimer's is, how it differs from other forms of Dementia, and whether is it an inevitable part of aging. Polls show that Americans fear Alzheimer's disease more than any other illness. And little wonder - it's debilitating, fatal, incurable, and currently afflicts hundreds of millions worldwide, a number that's going to continue increasing as the world’s population both grows and grows older. But what is...


Curing Human Diseases: Targeting the Lysosome

Leading scientists discuss the latest breakthroughs in lysosome biology and what they mean for treating Batten disease, and more common conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and cancer. This podcast is generously supported by the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation and brings you excerpted coverage from a recent event organized by the Academy in partnership with the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. Visit Beyond Batten Disease Foundation's website for more information.


Food as Medicine: Nutrition and Global Health

In the second of a two-part series, experts look at the links between health and nutrition. They examine everything from how nutrition impacts hospital stays, to cancer and aging, to developing food science innovations, and improving diet. In this second podcast, experts from The Sackler Institute of Nutrition Science discuss how proper nutrition is a crucial piece of global health, highlighting the key role of scientific discovery in optimizing health. This podcast includes interviews with...


Micronutrients: Supplementation, Fortification, and Beyond

In this first of a two-part series, experts from various sectors explore the available options to reduce "hidden hunger" micronutrient deficiencies in a population. In this podcast series, the many partners of The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science offer perspective on their work to better understand human nutrition, and to find new and better ways of feeding the world. For this episode, experts from DSM, DuPont, Pepsico, Nestl , Pfizer, the Food Fortification Initiative, the Mathile...


Clean Energy Inspired by Nature: Artificial Leaves

A young chemist discusses his goal of producing usable clean energy by artificially mimicking the process of photosynthesis. As a Ph.D. student at SUNY Stonybrook, Huafeng Huang (aka Wolf) is using chemistry to create an artificial leaf. His goal is to chemically imitate and adapt the process of photosynthesis to create clean energy. Science and the City thanks the Brotherton Foundation for its generous support of this podcast.


Making Connections with Conservation Biology

Three budding biologists and their teacher discuss the vital work of conservation biology and how students are making important contributions to the field. Biologist Oscar Pineda and students Ines Muravin, Maya Drzewicki, and Arden Feil discuss their research and conservation work with the American Museum of Natural History's Science Research Mentoring Program. Dr. Pineda explains how students can get involved in professional field work to contribute to our understanding of local...


Fighting Food Waste with Creativity

Designer Josh Treuhaft discusses the issue of food waste and his creative approach to combating the problem. A whopping 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten, which means we're literally throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion per year. This waste becomes an environmental problem as it decomposes and emits methane. To raise awareness about this issue and teach people how to individually make a difference, designer Josh Treuhaft started the Salvage Supperclub....


Bronx River Alliance: Restoring Nature in the City

By inviting the public to enjoy the Bronx River, the Bronx River Alliance is creating sustainability enthusiasts and improving the local ecosystem for both humans and wildlife.


The Synapse Project: Inspiring the Future of Neuroscience

High school student Grace Greenwald connects her peers with world class neuroscientists and mentorship. At the age of 15, Grace came up against a lack of resources to help high school students explore the field of neuroscience. Undaunted, she designed her own neuroscience curriculum and founded The Synapse Project, a virtual learning platform that connects professionals in brain research to high school students, especially young women, offering the next generation of neuroscientists a head...


Alzheimer's Disease: Prospects for a Cure

A diverse panel of leading experts discusses innovative efforts to develop an effective treatment for Alzheimer's Disease. The search for a treatment for Alzheimer's Disease becomes increasingly urgent as global populations grow and age. In the United States alone, 16 million people are projected to suffer from AD by 2050. In this podcast, leading experts from different sections of the R D pipeline discuss cutting-edge approaches to developing a cure. This podcast is generously supported by...


Nutrition and Early Childhood Development

Experts discuss the merits of integrating nutrition and early childhood development interventions to nurture the physical and psychological health of underprivileged children. Almost a quarter of children under the age of five do not reach their full developmental potential as a result of chronic undernutrition, a lack of developmental and educational opportunities, and high social and environmental risks. Children everywhere need access to healthy food to develop their bodies and...


The Problem with Protein

Protein is one of the most important nutrients in our diet, but providing an adequate and equitable supply of it to people around the world remains a vexing problem. Population growth and changes in dietary practices globally have led to a tremendous rise in the demand for animal-source foods. While consuming the required amount of protein is fundamental to human health, supplying protein to meet increasing worldwide needs can lead to environmental and health problems. This podcast is...


A Research Agenda for Nutrition Science: Activating the Agenda

The third podcast in our series on the Research Agenda for Nutrition Science focuses on implementation. Creating the agenda was a great first step, but effectively activating it is just as complex and important. A cross-section of experts from around the world discusses this process and their hopes and plans for the future of the field. This podcast is brought to you by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.


A Research Agenda for Nutrition Science: Mobilizing the Community

Part two of our podcast series on the nutrition research agenda addresses the importance, as well as the challenge, of tackling global nutrition needs in a coordinated, multisectoral way. Experts from all aspects of the nutrition community, from food science to food production and beyond, gather at the Academy to discuss the nutrition science agenda, and how it can best be developed and used to move the field forward. This podcast is brought to you by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition...


A Research Agenda for Nutrition Science: Why and How?

The first of two podcasts on the development of a global agenda for nutrition research. What, how and why we eat is a broad and complex issue touching on almost every discipline of the sciences, so how does a scientist know what questions have the potential to make the greatest impact? The Academy's own Mandana Arabi discusses the creation of a roadmap for the study of human nutrition, brought to you by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.


Engineering Sustainable Futures

Engineering students in the Projects for Underserved Communities program at UT Austin are proving you're never too young to make a difference by putting science to good use. Emily Lamon and Ashwin Ramaswami, respectively a college senior and junior, are putting their academic backgrounds in engineering to good use. In this podcast, they describe the challenges and rewards of planning and implementing sustainable water storage and distribution systems with important health and social impacts...