Distinguished Speaker Series Launches at the La Jolla Community Center

August 13, 2019 @ 6:29 pm – December 10, 2019 @ 7:29 pm

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher; Psychiatrist and Author Tom Patterson; A Climatologist; Physicians Focused on Cancer Prevention and Detection & Senior Care Featured in the Line-up during the next 5 Months

  We’re happy to present a cadre of exciting and informative presenters to discuss topics related to community issues, science, medicine, climate change and cancer prevention and detection.  We invite you to consider these issues and bring your questions for these distinguished speakers who will be presenting monthly from August through December.

Events are free and open to the public and will feature a reception from 5-6pm, followed by the lecture and Q&A from 7-8pm. Presentations will be on the second Tuesday of each month (with the exception of October, where it will be held on the third Tuesday).

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher kicks off the series on Tuesday August 13 with his vision for tackling issues such as improving transit accessibility and utilizing alternative means of transportation, climate change, affordable housing, improving services for the homeless population, and other issues.

Psychiatrist and author Tom Patterson discusses his first-hand story of surviving a deadly superbug on September 10, and how his wife (infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Steffanie Strathdee), in a race against time, saved his life and discovered a forgotten treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  The recent book about this incredible story, The Perfect Predator, will be on sale during the event.

Climate Expert Dr. David Pierce will help us learn more about climate change and what we can do to address this critical issue on October 15. He’ll outline the current findings in climate change studies during the past few years and will tell us how climate change will affect us and our region.

Epidemiologist Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy shares his insight on research he has conducted on dietary implications related to cancer prevention, specifically breast cancer on November 12. Dr. Al-Delaimy’s extensive body of research also addresses how the environment and the use of tobacco play a role in the development of chronic diseases, including cancer.

Director of Moore’s Cancer Center Dr. Scott Lippman will help us unpack how to look at our genetic disposition to cancer and will address  familial predispositions to cancer of the colon, uterus, ovaries and a few other organs—also known as the Lynch Syndrome on November 12. Although 1 out of every 300 people in the US population has the Lynch syndrome, fewer than 5 percent know they have it.

Dr. Vaishal Tolia, medical director of UC San Diego Health’s Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit will tell us about the new 8,500 square-foot, 11-bed emergency care unit for seniors –one of eight similar units in the country on December 10. The Unit opened its doors on January 2, 2019 and features interior design elements to address safety (e.g., non-slip floors, side chairs with high backs and sturdy arms); lighting (e.g., increased light levels) and lighting that is adjusted according to circadian rhythm), tunable LED lights and use of daylight; acoustics (e.g., sound-absorbing walls, full height walls to reduce noise levels to other patients) and more.