Summer Self Care Series

Join the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute and University of Illinois Extension for a series on a variety of health topics. Pick and choose programs based on interest.

All sessions are offered via Zoom on Wednesdays at noon (CT) from June 23 - August 25, 2021.

Registrants must create and sign in to a personal or work Zoom account to access the webinar sessions.

Register here!


*Webinars will be posted within seven to ten days following delivery date

June 23 | Understanding How Memory Works

Our memories are one of the most formative components of what makes you, you! But have you ever wondered how our brain creates and stores memories? Join Corinne Cannavale, BS, as she talks about the complexities of human memory. We will talk about case studies, interesting theories and break down what scientists understand about human memory.


June 30 | Our Chemical Environment: How to Read Product Labels and Understand Marketing Terms

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are all around us, so how can we reduce exposure to them? Is replacing products in our homes with "natural" products an effective way to reduce exposure? Join Megan Woodbury, BA, BS, to learn what common terms related to EDCs that are used on product labels mean and how to determine which options are the best for you and your family.


July 7 | The Pros and Cons of Probiotics

Probiotics are in many drinks and "health-conscious" foods, but what do the current facts say? Are they the cure-all they're talked up to be? Join Breanna Metras, BS, as she discusses how to read a probiotic label, the current state of pro and prebiotic research, how probiotics impact the gut microbiome, and what dubious health claims look like.


July 14 | How Does Biological Sex Manifest in the Brain

A person's sex plays into many parts of their lives: identity, behavior, expectations of others, physical health.  But how does biological sex actually work?  And how does it affect the brain?  Join Coltan Parker, BA, as he explores some of the ways we (mis)understand the biology of sex and discusses how sex can affect brain health and function throughout life.


July 21 | Healthy Arteries, Healthy Brain: Understanding Cerebrovascular Health

Did you know that the brain is enveloped by a vast network of blood vessels that supply it with the energy it needs so you can breathe, move, feel, and think? These vessels are susceptible to changes with age, and these changes may affect cognition. Join Grace Clements, MS, to learn how blood is supplied to the brain, how this process changes with age, relates to cognition, and some ways to keep your cerebrovasculature healthy.


July 28 | No Sugarcoating It: The Ins and Outs of Diabetes

Do you know someone that has diabetes? Is it preventable? Does it mean you have to quit sugar cold turkey? Join Ru Liu, MS, RD, to learn how diabetes affects our body. You will learn about dietary and other lifestyle modifications for diabetes prevention and management.


Aug 4 | Harnessing Technology to Improve Healthcare Communications with Patients

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are revolutionizing health care, potentially improving patient/provider collaboration and patient self-care. A barrier to realizing this potential is that information in EHRs can be too technical and not patient-specific. Patients may misunderstand this information, especially numeric information presented without context. Join Renato Azevedo to learn about why providers rarely have enough time to consistently use patient-centered communication when talking to their patients (especially now during pandemic!). Can Conversational Agents (CAs) help patients learn health information? Can technology step in to provide support for busy providers? 


Aug 18 | Science of Stem Cells: Fact versus Fictions

What are stem cells? Why are researchers so interested in them? Is all stem cell research illegal? Join Apurva Godbole to learn more about what stem cells are, where they come from, and why the scientific community is investing billions in stem cell research. We will bust some prevalent myths surrounding stem cell research and their therapeutic applications.


Aug 25 | How Bias and Racism Impact Health Systems and the Patient Experience 

Every day patients receive care from organizations shaped by adverse influences resulting in workplace trauma and second-rate care. Join Erica Noel, MA, as she discusses the origin of these influences, how to recognize them in staff, and how to turn them into growth opportunities in both the professional and patient populations.