The Office of Institutional Planning and Communications produces short videos about topics that are of interest to the medical school community and that highlight advances in research, patient care, and education. We also work with members of the YSM community to assist them in creating self-produced videos and to connect them with resources across the university including the services of the Yale Broadcast and Media Center. We cover a wide array of topics, covering recent advances in the biomedical sciences, clinical innovation, developments in medical education, and the activities of faculty, students, and staff. We also highlight exhibits and events, such as “Medicine in Shakespeare’s London” at the Medical Historical Library, Match Day, Student Research Day, and the White Coat Ceremony. For information contact Noah Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Class of 2016, a welcome to medicine
On August 16, 2012, Yale School of Medicine welcomed 100 first-year students to a life in medicine during the White Coat Ceremony. Five students speak about their reasons for entering the profession. A Yale netcast of the ceremony (audio only) with remarks by Dean Robert J. Alpern, MD. and keybnote address by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is available at http://tinyurl.com/9v8x759
Growing new lungs in the lab
Laura Niklason, MD, PhD is a tissue engineer and an anesthesiologist who cares for patients with severe disease. Her research is focused on creating engineered blood vessels and lung tissue using bioreactors, with the eventual goal of providing new therapies for patients who have few other options. More on Laura Niklason's work: medicineatyale.org.
A new cellular clue to leukemia
Megakaryocytes are cells in the bone marrow responsible for making platelets, which are necessary for blood clotting. One mystery regarding megakaryocytes is how they achieve their enormous size and large number of nuclei. Instead of the single nucleus that a normal cell possesses, a megakaryocyte may contain 64 or more nuclei. This results from a process known as endomitosis, in which the DNA divides but the cell doesn't. Megakaryocytes do not undergo cytokinesis—the separation of the dividing cell into two distinct cells—after the DNA divides.
Looking below the surface: stem cell behavior in real time
Scientists have for the first time watched and manipulated stem cells as they regenerate tissue in an uninjured mammal, Yale researchers report July 1, 2012, online in the journal Nature. Using a sophisticated imaging technique, the researchers also demonstrated that mice lacking a certain type of cell do not regrow hair. The same technique could shed light on how stem cells interact with other cells and trigger repairs in a variety of other organs, including lung and heart tissue.
Medicine in Shakespeare's London: A portrait of the era from Yale's Medical Historical Library
The outbreaks of plague that devastated London in the 1500s and 1600s were but one of many threats to life and health during the era of William Shakespeare. Medical historical librarian Melissa Grafe of Yale School of Medicine talks about what doctors and scholars believed at that time, drawing on an extensive exhibit of English medical works from Shakespeare's lifetime. Works in the exhibit, part of a semester-long celebration of Shakespeare at Yale, describe medical topics that appeared in Shakespeare's plays, highlighting the interplay between medicine and drama. This exhibit will highlight themes from Shakespeare's works, such as plague, midwifery, domestic medicine, herbals, astrological medicine, surgery, and other medical topics from the time period.
Tom Lynch, MD / What it means to discover: A researcher's perspective
Thomas Lynch, MD is a thoracic oncologist and director of the Yale Cancer Center. His research is focused on personalized medicine using molecular testing for mutations in tumor genes so that patients can benefit from targeted lung cancer therapies. More on Thomas Lynch's work: yalemedicalgroup.org.
Setting the clock for school
Yale sleep expert Meir Kryger, MD, talks about school start times, and the impact of sleep or lack of sleep on the academic performance of children and teenagers.