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The Science of Mental Health: Journey Inside Your Brain


Mental health is a commonly used term referred to in news headlines, social media, and in everyday conversation. But what does it really mean? These two words represent a broad array of conditions that are every bit as common as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Join AHW as we present MCW experts in mental and behavioral health.

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Past Programs

Since 2016, AHW has hosted Conversations with Scientists – our free, public learning series – to bring the research of MCW experts to the public.

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Biomedical Engineering: Designing tools for a healthy future

April 2, 2019 - April 23, 2019

The Spring 2019 Conversations with Scientists learning series featured experts from the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering for four nights exploring how experts are designing tools to protect us in our daily lives, changing how medical procedures are performed, and transforming health and health care.

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Precision Medicine: Own your own genome

April 11, 2018 – May 2, 2018

The Spring 2018 Conversations with Scientists learning series featured experts from the MCW Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center for four nights of engaging exploration of precision medicine and the human genome.  

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Immunology: The best defense is a good offense

October 16, 2018 - October 30, 2018

The Fall 2018 Conversations with Scientists learning series partners with the MCW Center for Immunology to explore the study of the immune system, what happens when immune responses go wrong, and how scientists and physicians are using people's own immune systems to fight diseases like cancer.

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Neuroscience: Your Amazing Brain

March 15, 2017 – April 5, 2017

The Spring 2017 Conversations with Scientists series focused on the spinal cord, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and chronic pain and addiction, exploring the basics of our internal command center and how it controls our every move and thought, and how diseases can take control.

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The Life Force Within: Your Heart and Blood Vessels

October 25, 2017 – November 15, 2017

The Fall 2017 Conversations with Scientists series highlighted “The Life Force Within.” Presented in partnership with the MCW Cardiovascular Center, the series explored the health of your heart and blood vessels.

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Cancer: Past, present and future

April 20, 2016 – May 11, 2016

In Spring 2016, Conversations with Scientists partnered with the MCW Cancer Center to explore how cancer development, discovery and treatment. 

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Infectious Disease: It’s contagious – the world of infectious disease

October 5, 2016 – October 26, 2016

Our Fall 2016 Conversations with Scientists series brought together MCW basic science researchers and clinical faculty to explore infectious agents – from emerging viruses like Ebola and Zika to the organisms that live on and in us – and how they make us sick.

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