Inspiring research through clinical Innovation, Discovery, Engineering, and Applied Science
A lecture series sponsored by IHSI

Health IDEAS - Inspiring Research Through Clinical Innovation, Discovery, Engineering, & Applied Science

Health IDEAS (clinical Innovation, Discovery, Engineering and Applied Science) will help ignite new interdisciplinary research ideas and collaborations. This lecture series will engage health sciences researchers, faculty, and students from various units as well as clinical partners with the ultimate goal of inspiring new innovations in health. 


IHSI Health IDEAS 2019 Lectures

Dr. Willard J. and Priscilla F. Visek Lecture 
Topic: Modulating molecular pathways through diet to impact chronic disease risk
Valter Longo, PhD, University of Southern California
April 11, 2018 | Time TBA
Location TBA

The Willard J. and Priscilla F. Visek lecture is hosted in partnership with the University of Illinois College of Medicine, with additional sponsorship by the Division of Nutritional Sciences and Center on Health, Aging, and Disability.


Past Lectures

The First 1,000 Days: The Foundation for Health and Brain Development
Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD, Yale University
September 4, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. (reception to follow)
I Hotel, Chancellor's Ballroom

This keynote lecture was held in partnership with The First 1,000 Days Symposium. The first 1000 days of life – the time spanning roughly between conception and a child’s second birthday – is a unique period of opportunity when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established. Environmental exposures, including nutrition, stress, and environmental toxins, can interact with the child’s genetics during the first 1000 days of a child’s life to have lifelong implications on their physical, mental and emotional health. Learn more about basic and applied transdisciplinary research being conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that is addressing this critical window of development using a cells-to-society framework.

Imaging Function and Connectivity in the Human Brain with High Magnetic Fields: Spanning Scales from Cortical Columns to Whole Brain 
Kamil Ugurbil, PhD, University of Minnesota
October 24, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (reception to follow)
Beckman Institute Auditorium

This lecture was held in partnership with the Beckman InstituteCarle Illinois College of Medicine, Center for Brain Plasticity, and Neuroscience Program at the University of Illinois, and with Carle Health System

Bridging and spanning the multiple scales of organization is an essential but daunting task necessary for understanding brain function and ultimately dysfunction. Our ability to map human brain function and connectivity is transforming with recent changes, including rapid developments in instrumentation for radio frequency (RF) transmission and signal detection, a push to achieve higher magnetic fields (currently at 10.5T for human imaging) despite challenges of imaging at the correspondingly high RF frequencies, and a plethora of novel imaging acquisition techniques that increase spatiotemporal sampling.

These developments, complemented by other non-MR imaging methods, hold promise that it will be feasible in the near future to integrate information from the single synapse level to whole brain networks that define behavior.