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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Leonardo Bonilha about how the human brain processes, stores and retrieves memories.  Dr. Bonilha is a Neurologist, epilepsy specialist and brain and language researcher at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stacey Maurer about the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor. Dr. Maurer is a Clinical Psychologist and she is the Psychosocial Services Coordinator at Hollings Cancer center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Anton about the dangers of mixing alcohol with certain common medications.  Dr. Anton holds the Thurmond Wellness Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he is the Scientific Director of the Alcohol Research Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Candi Jump about essential nutrition needed for a baby’s brain development. Dr. Jump is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and she runs the Premature Infant Nutrition-Follow-Up Program at MUSC Children’s Hospital.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about the benefits and also precautions of exercise during pregnancy. Dr. Sullivan is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Book about treatment for people who have developed an opioid use disorder.  Dr. Book is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Division of Addiction Sciences at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Turner about new approaches to treating acute stroke.   Dr. Turner is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Neuroscience at MUSC.

Teen Depression

Jul 9, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Wallis about teen depression. Dr.  Wallis is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Tracy Stecker about suicide prevention and related resources for veterans.  Dr. Stecker is a psychologist and Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Wrangle about immunotherapy research underway, involving patients with non-small cell lung cancer.  Dr. Wrangle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology and he’s an Oncologist at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC. 

Cesarean Delivery

Jun 26, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Krista Wagoner about cesarean delivery and efforts to reduce the number of unnecessary C-section deliveries.  Dr. Wagoner is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine and she is an OB/GYN at MUSC Women’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alan Diehl about research and recent discoveries related to biomedicine and cancer. Dr. Diehl is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Associate Director of Basic Sciences at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Leonardo Bonilha about how the human brain processes language and produces speech. Dr. Bonilha is a neurologist, epilepsy specialist and brain and language researcher at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Mae Millicent Peterseim about research and new treatment for one type of inherited childhood retinal disease.  Dr. Peterseim is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and she is the Pratt Chair for International Ophthalmology at Storm Eye Institute at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lee Lewis about anxiety in childhood and anxiety disorders.   Dr. Lewis is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Chrystal Paulos about cancer research related to adoptive cell transfer immunotherapy. Dr. Paulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and she is the Endowed Peng Chair in the Department of Dermatology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Tim Lyons about important discoveries related to diabetes from the past thirty years of research.  Dr. Lyons holds the John A Colwell Endowed Chair of Diabetes Research and he’s the Director of the Division of Endocrinology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kevin Gray about the potential misuse and diversion of ADHD prescription medicine during the teenage years. Dr. Gray is a Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gretchen Seif about routines, exercise and therapy to help manage arthritis on a daily basis.  Dr. Seif is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Professions at MUSC.

Alcohol Cravings

May 28, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Anton about dealing with alcohol craving, when trying to quit or reduce alcohol consumption. Dr. Anton holds the Thurmond Wellness Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he is the Scientific Director of the Alcohol Research Center at MUSC.

Rare Diseases

May 22, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Charlie Strange about rare diseases and also research underway related to rare diseases. Dr. Strange is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert about lifestyle behaviors that can help address some health disparities.  Dr. Hughes-Halbert is the Smart-State Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity at MUSC and she was recently elected into the National Academy of Medicine.

Research about Viruses

May 15, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Paula Traktman about research related to viruses, and how research helps design new therapies.   Dr. Traktman is the Hirschmann Endowed Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Immunology. She is also the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Turner about research related to Advanced Glycation End Products (or AGEs) and diseases that often develop in the older adult years. Dr. Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Book about treatment for two problems related to opioids: physical dependence on opioids and opioid use disorder.  Dr. Book is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Division of Addiction Sciences at MUSC.

Cancer Research

May 7, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gustavo Leone about noteworthy developments in cancer research in recent years.  Dr. Leone holds the DeWolff Endowed Chair in Medical Oncology and he is the Director of Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nicolas Milano about preserving and protecting our memory as we get older.   Dr. Milano is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and a Cognitive and Behavioral Neurologist at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Amy Martin about the connection between oral health and general health.  Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor in the College of Dental Medicine and Director of the Division of Population Oral Health at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Marian Dale about specific exercise routines that can help patients who have Parkinson’s disease.   Dr. Dale is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and a Neurologist in the Movement Disorders Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Koch about the diagnosis and treatment of concussion and post-concussion syndrome during childhood. Dr. Koch is a Professor and the Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology at MUSC Children’s Health.

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