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Expand understanding of vital health topics with cutting-edge research

URBANA, Ill. – Evolving advancements in health sciences require a connection to focused research to help communities and professionals stay informed on emerging health topics, disease prevention practices, and diagnoses.

Dive deeper into specific health conditions, such as tinnitus and traumatic brain injuries, engaging with health science researchers in a free, online webinar series offered in partnership between University of Illinois Extension and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute. Learn how brain waves function, what genetic screening is, how to protect your health data, and more.

The Autumn Health Picks series begins online at noon (CT) Oct. 6, as presenter Rafay Khan, a neuroscience researcher from University of Illinois, explores tinnitus and its effects on the brain and shares ways to reduce tinnitus-related distress.

“While there might not be a cure for tinnitus, there are ways to reduce tinnitus-related distress,” says Chelsey Byers, Extension family life educator and co-founder of the Community Seminar Series. “I am personally looking forward to hearing the latest research on this topic as I too suffer from tinnitus.”

Khan will also discuss the challenges that come with having tinnitus and different ways to support people diagnosed with this condition.

Weekly sessions held at noon (CT) on Wednesdays are eligible for continuing education credits:

  • Oct. 6: Tinnitus and the Brain
  • Oct. 13: Sugar and Fat: Friend or Foe?
  • Oct. 20: TBI Prevention and Recovery: What Everyone Should Know
  • Oct. 27: Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence in Research and Law
  • Nov. 3: Brain Waves: What can they tell us?
  • Nov. 10: Understanding Genetic Screens
  • Nov. 17: Data Health: What does HIPPA protect?


Online registration is required at

If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, or for more information, contact Chelsey Byers at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

SOURCE: Chelsey Byers, Family Life Educator, University of Illinois Extension
WRITER: Erin Wunderlich, Writer, University of Illinois Extension

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.