Rice University – Medicine in the Digital Age

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RiceX: MedDigX – Medicine in the Digital Age

Kirsten Ostherr, Professor of English, Co-Founder and Director of Medical Futures Lab
Rice University
Bryan Vartabedian, MD, Co-Founder of Medical Futures Lab, Founder 33 Charts
Rice University and Baylor College
“Medicine is in the midst of a shift never before seen. Information and technology are advancing at rates faster than our ability to adapt. These changes, along with social forces such as the health 2.0 movement, are redefining the role of the doctor and patient. This course offers participants an engaging, never-before-seen view of medicine and healthcare…Medicine in the Digital Age” features in-depth interviews with thought leaders in digital health…The course is intended for a general audience and is relevant to anyone working or interested in the emerging healthcare environment. At the end of the course, participants will have the knowledge to successfully engage with the future of digital medicine.
Medicine in the Digital Age maps out the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare in the networked age… explore the role of social media in healthcare communication, the uses of wearable technologies, the potential for big data to reshape health behaviors, the ethics of personalized medicine, and the impact of these new developments on the doctor-patient relationship. Participants will gain an understanding of the connected health revolution and tools to critically analyze this evolving ecosystem. Medicine in the Digital Age will launch a fresh conversation about what the future of medicine should be…
No specific background is required for this course, but it is aimed at professionals who have (or would like to have) some amount of decision-making capability in their organization. This course is for leaders and aspiring leaders in healthcare and allied sectors including telecommunications, health insurance, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, device manufacturing, policy and government, investment, consulting and innovation…
… you’ll learn:
How to identify the core areas of growth and disruption in digital health.
How to distinguish between hype and real opportunity in digital health.
How to identify major challenges facing doctors and patients as medicine transitions from analog to digital.
How digital health is re-defining the physician.
How to recognize the emerging role of the e-patient in health care.
How to critically analyze the risks and opportunities facing individuals and health organizations as they transition to the digital health space.
How to use Twitter like an expert to leverage public dialogue, both personally and professionally… “

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Introduction to Human Behavioral Genetics

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Introduction to Human Behavioral Genetics

Matt McGue, Regents Professor, Department of Psychology (and co-directs Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research)
University of Minnesota
“One of psychology’s defining issues concerns the origins of individual differences in behaviour… At the core to answering these questions is the ages-old “nature-nurture” debate: Are the behavioral differences among us due predominantly to inborn natural differences or the cumulative impact of our experiences? The nature-nurture debate generated much controversy and acrimony within psychology, although today most are willing to retire the debate and declare both sides victorious.
This course provides an introduction to behavioral genetics, the field within psychology that demonstrated that Nature and Nurture both play a fundamental role in the development of psychological traits. We will explore how early behavioral genetic research radically changed how psychologists conceptualized human behavior and how the mapping of the human genome is fundamentally altering current research approaches to a wide range of behavioral characteristics. The course will cover the traditional behavioral genetic methodologies of twin and adoption studies as well as modern approaches based on molecular genetic techniques.
… a basic understanding of… how behavioral genetic research has changed psychology’s view of human behavior… strengths and limitations of traditional behavioral genetic methodologies such as twin and adoption studies… the behavioral genetic approach to psychiatric phenotypes (to be illustrated by schizophrenia) and psychological phenotypes (to be illustrated by intelligence)… and the structure and function of the human genome and the prospects for identifying the specific genetic variants underlying individual differences in behavior…”

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