mcgeachy3 Dr. Mandy McGeachy is assistant professor of medicine at University of Pittsburgh.  In this episode, she discusses autoimmune diseases. The immune system is designed to protect us from invading microbes and in most of us it does a fantastic job of preventing us from getting sick for most of our lives. However, sometimes this protective shield can turn against us, and when this happens it is referred to as autoimmune disease.  Dr. McGeachy discusses autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis: what causes the good guys (our immune system) to go bad?   She talks about one particular component of the immune system that is the focus of her research, Th17 cells, and how these cells play an important role in autoimmune disease. Dr. McGeachy also shares her thoughts about how to balance work and life as a professional woman.

Discussants (in alphabetical order):
Dr. Thomas Forsthuber (Professor, STCEID, UTSA)
Dr. Karl Klose (Professor and Director of STCEID,  UTSA)
Dr. Julie Schwartz (Postdoctoral Fellow, STCEID, UTSA)

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jason-rosenfeld_headshotMr. Jason Rosenfeld, assistant director of global health at University of Texas Heath Science Center at San Antonio is the first speaker of Microtalk. He is a public health professional with over 10 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating international health and development programs, with a specific focus on community based water, sanitation and hygiene education and behavior change.

In this episode, Jason shares his global health experiences in Africa, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and how local health clubs can combat global health problems. He also discusses Zika virus, the crisis of antibiotic resistance, and how his family ended up with a Zimbabwean dog.

Discussants (in alphabetical order):
Dr. Karl Klose (Professor and director of STCEID, UTSA)
Dr. Janakiram Seshu (Associate professor, STCEID,  UTSA)
Dr. Floyd Wormley (Professor, STCEID, UTSA)

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Mr. Jason Rosenfeld working in South Africa