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The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts

Session 3 of 4-Session Evening Series

Inside Science program

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1B0283
From top to bottom, Kevin D. Hall, Yasmine Belkaid, David Leopold, John Tisdale (All photos courtesy of NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the U.S. government’s medical research agency and the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. NIH invests more than $30 billion of taxpayer dollars to support cutting-edge research that is helping people live longer and healthier lives, driving the discovery of new ideas, and combating major health challenges. NIH has the pulse on modern medicine.

The four-part series provides a unique opportunity to bring the efforts of NIH into public view. Join NIH scientific and medical experts to learn about what is currently “hot” in biomedical research and discuss what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future.

Topics such as metabolism, the brain, an diet; the role of microbiota in immunity to infection; brain activity and visual perception; and gene therapies for sickle cell anemia will be discussed.


David Leopold, Chief, Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging, National Institute of Mental Health

Leopold explores how the human brain is strongly invested in visual perception,with a sizeable fraction of the cerebral cortex devoted to reading social signals. He explains how researchers have recently come to understand how faces—one of the brain’s most important social cues—are encoded in specialized circuits to support our recognition of individual identity.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) does not receive any revenue from this program series.

Inside Science

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