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BIO 08 — Health and Wellness Through the Life Journey

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jun 28—Aug 16
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 11
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Philip Pizzo, Kathryn Gillam
Status: Open
Summer
On-campus course
Wednesdays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Jun 28—Aug 16
8 weeks
Drop By
Jul 11
1 Unit
Fees
$355
Instructor(s):
Philip Pizzo, Kathryn Gillam
Open
With life expectancy having increased by thirty years in the past century, it is increasingly important to seek ways to optimize the quality of our lives through the life journey. How we renew our sense of purpose, sustain and build our social networks and communities, and enhance our health and well-being has the potential to keep us healthier longer. While aging is inevitable, how we age is a balance between our unique biology and the choices we make to improve our health and wellness. This includes not just focusing on our physical health but also our emotional and spiritual well-being. In this course, each week a Stanford faculty member will discuss a topic that addresses how to rethink longevity and how to prepare for a healthier life journey that benefits our family as well as our community and ourselves. While we are each endowed with a biological program for life, the choices we make and the directions we take can have an even greater impact on how our lives unfold. We will explore some of these choices, options, and opportunities for enhancing the life journey with the hope that they will provide knowledge to keep us healthier, happier, and more engaged in the world in which we live.

Tentative Schedule, List of Topics, and Guest Speakers:

Week 1:
Nurturing the Inner Self: Our Microbiome and Nutrition
  • Justin L. Sonnenburg, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Christopher D. Gardner, Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Week 2:
Longevity: A Long Bright Future and the Biology of Aging
  • Laura Carstensen, Director, Stanford Center on Longevity and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Professor in Public Policy
  • Thomas A. Rando, Professor of Neurology
Week 3:
Improving Our Musculoskeletal Health and Endurance
  • Anne Friedlander, Adjunct Professor in Human Biology
Week 4:
Finding Illness Early: The Emerging Field of Molecular Imaging and Early Detection
  • Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research and Professor, by courtesy, of Bioengineering and of Materials Science and Engineering
Week 5:
Cancer Through the Life Cycle and What Can Be Done to Prevent It
  • Beverly S. Mitchell, George E. Becker Professor in Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Chemical and Systems Biology
Week 6:
Our Genes, Behavior, and Cardiovascular Health
  • Euan Ashley, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular), of Genetics, of Biomedical Data Science, and, by courtesy, of Pathology
Week 7:
Thinking About Our Emotional and Spiritual Health and Well-Being
  • Jane Alison Shaw, Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies
  • Mickey Todd Trockel, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Week 8:
Dementia and Its Prevention
  • Frank Longo, George E. and Lucy Becker Professor in Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Philip Pizzo, David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford School of Medicine; Founding Director, Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute

Philip Pizzo served as dean of the Stanford School of Medicine from 2001 to 2012, where he was also the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology. He received an MD from the University of Rochester.

Kathryn Gillam, Executive Director, Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute

Kathryn Gillam works closely with the founding director and others to develop the vision of the Stanford DCI. She received a PhD from the University of South Florida and an MLA from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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