Coffee Conversations with Scientists

About the Series

AHW’s popular Conversations with Scientists series is back with a brand new virtual experience!

In partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, each month we’ll dig into the science behind a health topic making news today. Think of it as a virtual coffee break, with a science twist. 

You bring the coffee. We’ll bring a scientist. And together we’ll explore what science tells us about the health topics that matter to you!

Recent episode

The Science Behind Seasonal Allergies

May 16 2022 

Dr. Asriani Chiu, Professor of Allergy and Immunology, and the interim section chief of Allergy at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Medial Director of Asthma and Allergy at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin chatted with host, Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, about the science behind seasonal allergies including understanding the difference between allergies and illnesses such as the respiratory flu or COVID-19.

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Previous Episodes

The Science Behind Hearing Loss

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Join Dr. Chris Runge, professor in the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin and director of the Koss Cochlear Implant Program, as she chats with host, Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, about the science behind hearing loss, the most common types of hearing loss, and what you can do if you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of hearing loss.

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Understanding the Science Behind Sleep Health

Wednesday, March 23  

Dr. B. Tucker Woodson, otolaryngologist and professor and chief of sleep medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, discussed the science behind sleep health.

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The Science of Cardiovascular Health: Understanding Your Risk and Tips for Prevention

Friday, February 25

Dr. Nicole Lohr, cardiologist and chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, chats with host, Julia Schmitt, about the science behind cardiovascular health, understanding your risk factors, and tips for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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The Science of Health: Transitioning to a Plant-based Lifestyle

Wednesday, January 19

Dr. Stuart Wong, medical oncologist and director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Disease Prevention Research Center, chats with Dr. Rania Dempsey, lifestyle medicine physician and mom, about the science behind plant-based nutrition and tips on how to get started with some simple lifestyle modifications to improve your overall health. 

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2021: The Year in Review

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Join us as we take a look back at the most talked about coffee conversations from 2021. From COVID and vaccines to violence prevention and gender inclusivity, we talked to MCW’s leading
scientists to learn more about the public health topics that mattered most to you.

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Managing Mental Wellness: The Science Behind Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘Tis the season for … stress? Join Medical College of Wisconsin Associate Professor of Psychiatry Dr. David Cipriano to explore the science behind how stress, burnout, and anxiety can impact our overall well-being, and what we can do to support our mental wellness during the holiday season and beyond

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Kids & COVID-19: Vaccine Edition

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Join as Children's Wisconsin Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Gutzeit explores the science behind COVID-19 vaccines for kids and what the data says about safety and effictiveness, and the steps we can all take to keep our families healthy today

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The Science of Healthy Eating: How to Eat to Prevent Disease & Promote Health

September 15, 2021

Join Stuart Wong, MD, medical oncologist and director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Disease Prevention Research Center, and Ken Jacobsohn, MD, associate professor, as they explore the science-driven nutrition plan that can prevent disease, promote good health, and change our bodies and our communities for the better.   

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Kids & COVID-19: A Conversation for Parents & Caregivers

August 3, 2021

Medical College of Wisconsin pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Zhu talks with Calie Herbst, founder of Milwaukee with Kids, on the science behind COVID-19 in kids, and what parents and caregivers need to know about variants, vaccines, and the latest guidelines for keeping your family healthy this fall.

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Preventing Violence, Promoting Safe & Healthy Communities

July 13, 2021

As cities around the country reimagine public safety, Reggie Moore, director of violence prevention in the MCW Comprehensive Injury Center, and host Dr. Marc de Moya, Chief of Trauma Surgery at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin explore the science behind violence prevention

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Let's Talk About Sex, Gender & Health

June 2, 2021

Join nationally recognized LGBTQ health specialist Dr. Jessica Francis and host Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld for a discussion on sex, gender identity, and health, as they explore what science tells us about how exclusion in health disparities and inequities, and why inclusion in medicine, science, and society matters to health.

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Tired & Overwhelmed During COVID-19

May 4, 2021

Why do so many of us feel tired and overwhelmed more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began? Health psychologist Dr. Terri deRoon-Cassini explores the science behind how our experiences today are shaping how we feel, and what we can do to give ourselves the break we need.

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A Conversation on COVID-19

April 8, 2021

Join us as nationally recognized infectious disease expert Dr. Joyce Sanchez explores the science behind what we know now about COVID-19 vaccines, variants, and being vigilant so that we can get back to the things we love and miss most.

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