Jewish-Catholic relations, Jewish Studies

Adam Gregerman, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Associate Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph’s University. His research focuses on the complex relationship between Jews and Christians from antiquity to the present. He published Building on the Ruins of the Temple: Apologetics and Polemics in Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism (Mohr Siebeck, 2016). His articles on biblical interpretation, mission and conversion, rabbinic theology, religious polemics, and theologies of the land of Israel have appeared in journals such as Theological Studies, Modern Theology, Interpretation, Cross Currents, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. Dr. Gregerman has presented lectures in diverse settings, including academic conferences, synagogues, churches, and community centers, and taught in seminaries and universities.

He is a member of the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Vice-Chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, and Academic Advisor to the National Council of Synagogues.

Urban Principals, Faculty careers, Women Faculty Advancement, K-12 Teaching and Learning, Higher Education Teaching and Learning

Aimee LaPointe Terosky, Ed.D., is an associate professor of educational leadership at Saint Joseph's University and the Director of the IDEPEL Doctoral Program. Dr. Terosky teaches courses in K-12 and Higher Education leadership at the doctoral and masters levels. Prior to her arriving at Saint Joseph's in January 2011, Dr. Terosky was an adjunct assistant professor of higher and postsecondary education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she taught courses on teaching and learning and faculty development in postsecondary education settings. From 2006-2011, she also served as the assistant principal of Public School #334, The Anderson School in New York City, which received the 2007 New York City Blackboard Award for Outstanding Public Middle School. Areas of expertise: urban principals, faculty careers, women faculty advancement, K-12 and higher education teaching and learning

Appetite, Obesity, Parkinson's Disease, Brain Imaging, music and the mind

Dr. Alain Dagher is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders and functional brain imaging. His research aims at understanding the function of the basal ganglia, with a particular emphasis on appetitive behaviours. This involves studying how we learn about rewards and punishments, and become motivated to engage in reward-seeking behaviour. The two main techniques used are positron emission tomography (PET) targeting the dopamine system, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The research focusses on Parkinson's Disease, stress, drug addiction (notably cigarette smoking), pathological gambling, and obesity. Dr. Dagher is funded by CIHR, FRSQ, NIDA, the Parkinson Society of Canada, the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, and Unilever PLC.

Ali Tabrizchi

Interventional cardiologist

LifeBridge Health

Cardiovascular Disease, Lifebridge Health, Sinai Hospital, Cardiovascular Institute, Angiograms, Coronary Artery Disease, nuclear stress tests, Echocardiogram, Heart Failure, Heart Disease

Dr. Tabrizchi is a clinical interventional cardiologist at the LifeBridge Health Cardiovascular Institute in Maryland. He completed his fellowship at Winthrop-University Hospital. He did his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center and National Institutes of Health (NIH). He completed medical school at Nova Southeastern University of College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Tabrizchi is published in national and international medical journals.

Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, PTSD, Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Psychology

Dr. Amit Shahane, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who serves as the director of the Behavioral Medicine Center at the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Shahane specializes in treating psychological disorders, including PTSD, that impact medical illness. His research interests include examining the effectiveness of cognitive and behavioral treatments for insomnia, as well as healthcare utilization research, such as the effect of HIV stigma.

UVA's Behavioral Medicine Center diagnoses, treats and prevents medical problems either caused or aggravated by lifestyle or stress, including:
•	Depression and anxiety
•	Migraine and tension headaches
•	Nervous stomach and irritable bowel syndrome
•	Sleep problems
•	Eating disorders

Listen to Shahane discuss sleep problems:

Shahane discusses PTSD:

Amr Moursi

Professor and Chair of Pediatric Dentistry

New York University

Pediatric Dentistry, Dentistry, Dentistry and children, Oral Health

Amr M. Moursi, DDS, PhD, is a professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry. His research focuses on early childhood oral health, including the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to fight cavities, birth defects of the head and skull, nutrition and oral health, and developing the pediatric dentistry workforce.

Dr. Moursi is the author or co-author of more than 100 published articles, book chapters, and policy briefs, and is the editor of the textbook "Clinical Cases in Pediatric Dentistry" (Wiley-Blackwell). He is also a contributor for the 2020 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health. 

Dr. Moursi is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  He serves on the Executive Committee and as a National Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). He has extensive experience with print and broadcast media and is host of "The Dental Health Show" on Doctor Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio. 

Watch Dr. Moursi on ABC 7 discussing how to keep baby teeth healthy:

PTSD, Brain Function, Attention Training, National Science Foundation, NSF, MEG

Dr. Badura Brack teaches Abnormal, Health, and Introductory Psychology, and she supervises the psychology internship program at Creighton University. Dr. Badura Brack is developing and testing a version of Attention Training Treatment that appears efficacious in treating combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as using magnetoencephalography (MEG) to identify regions where the brain functions abnormally in PTSD and determine if more normal neural functioning can be restored after attention training treatment.

Amy McMichael

Professor, Dermatology

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Hair and Scalp Disease, Ethnic and Pigmented Skin Disease, Epidemiology of Skin Disease, Skin Care, Dermatology, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Dermatology

McMichael has published numerous articles and book chapters on the subjects of scalp and hair disorders and quality of life issues surrounding disorders of pigmentation. She is listed in Best Doctors in America and is a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology. McMichael has served on several editorial review boards and is a contributing editor for Cosmetic Dermatology as well as a contributing editor for reviews in The Dermatologist.

Power, Energy, Smart Grid

Andrei Gudkov

Senior Vice President of Basic Science and the Gar

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Genetics, Cancer Therapies, Drug Discovery, Radiation effects

Senior Vice President of Basic Science and the Garman Family Chair in Cell Stress Biology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise: Cancer genetics, new cancer therapies, drug discovery, effects of radiation

Tobacco, Tobacco Control, tobacco policy, Epidemiologic, Public Health, e-cigarretes, vaping

Chair of Health Behavior, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise:  Tobacco, tobacco control, tobacco policy, epidemiology, public health, e-cigarettes, vaping

Prescription Drug Cost, video game industry, Banking, behavior analysis, peer-to-peer, Lending, Economics, Marketing, Management Science, Nursing Home, Econometrics

Andrew Ching is a professor in the Carey Business School at the Johns Hopkins University, where he is jointly appointed to the Department of Economics and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Management Science, and a member of editorial boards for Marketing Science and Journal of Marketing Research.  His research focuses on developing new empirical structural models and estimation methods to understand the forward-looking, strategic, learning and bounded rational behavior of consumers and firms.  He has applied these methods to several industries including prescription drugs, nursing homes, payment methods, retail banking, peer-to-peer lending, and video games. He has published in Econometrica, Mangement Science, Marketing Science, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Applied Econometrics, and others. He has received Young Economist Award from the European Economic Association, Honorable Mention of Dick Wittink Prize Award, and several major research grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada.

Climate Change, Social Policy, Human Rights, Gender, Poverty, urban social change, natural resource governance, social inclusion, social analysis

Anees Chagpar

Associate Professor; Director, Assistant Director

Yale Cancer Center

Breast Cancer, Yale Cancer Center, breast surgeon, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome breast cancer, Breast Neoplasms, Global affairs, Healthcare

Anees is the Director of The Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, and the Assistant Director for Global Oncology at Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center. Born and

Angela Alistar

Medical Director, GI Medical Oncology, Morristown Medical Center

Atlantic Health System

Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Clinical Trials, gi medical oncology researcher, Precision Oncology, Immunotherapy, inmmuno-oncology, cancer metabolism

Dr. Angela Alistar is a board-certified medical oncologist with Atlantic Hematology Oncology, Atlantic Medical Group.  Dr. Alistar is Medical Director of GI Medical Oncology at Morristown Medical Center where she is also Medical Director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center.  Her research focus is related to immuno-oncology and cancer metabolism in gastrointestinal cancer such as: pancreatic tumors, cholangiocarcinoma, colorectal, esophageal, gastric cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma. Her clinical research projects involved active collaborative efforts with other medical departments, such as radiation oncology and surgical oncology, as well as genomics and cancer biology.

Recently, she has published in Lancet Oncology the results of a Phase 1 clinical study in pancreatic cancer that are very promising for advancing the field for this disease. This study has shown impressive synergy of a novel agent, CPI -613 in combination with chemotherapy. She is co-leading the national multi-site, randomized study of this promising combination, as well as many other phase 1-3 clinical trials.

Dr. Alistar comes to Atlantic Health System from Wake Forest School of Medicine where she had a heavy emphasis on clinical trials and clinical research. At Wake Forest, she led the GI oncology disease oriented team as a gastrointestinal medical oncology physician and researcher, bringing cutting-edge treatments to patients. She designed, secured funding for and conducted five investigator-initiated therapeutic clinical trials, with four of them being phase one. Her work involved maintenance of a sponsor-investigator investigational new drug. She is passionate about Precision Oncology and Immunotherapies and seeks to identify novel treatment strategies for her patients.

Past positions at Wake Forest include being a member of the Translational Cancer Genomics Committee, the GI Tumor Board, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, and the Hepatobiliary Oncology Committee. She is a member of several health care organizations, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, and the American Society of Hematology, among many others. As well, she is a member and advisor for several other health care institutions. She was recently awarded the "Danny Danielson Translational Innovation Award" by Hoosier Cancer Research Network for her commitment to clinical research. 

She received her medical degree from University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj Napoca, Romania and her residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, NJ, where she was chief resident. After her residency, she completed a hematology oncology fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Tisch Cancer Institute. She is affiliated with Atlantic Medical Group, and is a participating provider of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, and sees patients at Morristown Medical Center.

Ann Morning

Associate Professor, Sociology

New York University


Ann Morning, author of The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference (University of California), is an associate professor of sociology at New York University. She is a member of the U.S. Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations and has served as a statistician for the bureau. Morning has also authored reports for the National Research Council’s Committee on the Use of Social Science Knowledge in Public Policy and the United Nations’ Statistics Division. Morning is also the academic director of 19 Washington Square North, NYU Abu Dhabi’s home in New York.

Morning previously worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. From 1995 to 1997, she was an Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Morning received her B.A. magna cum laude from Yale, her Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton. She also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

African-American History, African Diaspora, History and Memory, African History, Civil Rights, Oral History, Race, Slavery, Immigration, Refugees, Human Rights

Bailey’s research interests include African-American history; African and African Diaspora studies; history and memory; oral history; and civil rights.   She writes and speaks about a variety of topics related to these research areas, including race, slavery, immigration, refugees, diasporas, faith and history and human rights.
 In her work, Bailey combines the elements of travel, adventure, history and an understanding of contemporary issues with an accessible style. Her works range from adult non-fiction to children’s historical fiction, and includes African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame (Beacon Press, 2005) and You Can Make A Difference: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. (Bantam/Doubleday/Dell). Her newest book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2017 and has received very wide coverage.

Weigh Control, Physical Activity, Cancer Prevention, Chemoprevention, Cancer Risk, Women's Health, WHI, Overweight, Post Menopause, Colon Cancer, Estrogen, Testosterone, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Anne McTiernan is an internist and epidemiologist who studies ways to prevent new or recurrent cancer through lifestyle factors such as weight control and physical activity. She also studies chemoprevention — the use of medications, vitamins or supplements — to reduce obesity, inflammation and other markers of cancer risk. In addition, she studies ways to improve prognosis in cancer patients through lifestyle changes. 
Dr. McTiernan has led several National Cancer Institute-funded studies that have found weight loss and exercise reduce biomarkers of breast and colorectal cancer risk. As a co-investigator in the Women’s Health Initiative, she led an analysis of physical activity and breast cancer incidence in a study involving more than 90,000 women, and she led an analysis of diet effects on osteoporotic fractures. 
Dr. McTiernan has served on many national and international health advisory boards and working groups, including the Physical Activity Guidelines and Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This group provided recommendations regarding the amount and types of physical activity Americans need to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases.
As a researcher in Fred Hutch's Public Health Sciences Division she designs studies with the aim of reducing the 25 percent of cancers caused by excess weight and sedentary lifestyles. Dr. McTiernan's group is the first to specifically look at the effects increased physical activity and weight loss have on reducing the chance of getting cancer. Such risk reduction has been difficult to quantify in the past, but she has been able to definitely gauge impacts by measuring so-called biomarkers in research participants.
Among her most important findings, overweight post-menopausal women who exercised for 45 minutes five days a week, whittled away unhealthy belly fat and lowered their estrogen and testosterone levels, hormones that in excess can contribute to cancer. Another study showed that exercise six days a week brought both sexes significant fat loss and a lowered risk of colon cancer in men.
Her groundbreaking work earned her an invitation to join a federal scientific advisory committee to develop the nation's first guidelines to focus on physical activity-and the first to recognize the impact of exercise on cancer-risk reduction.
"Nothing is guaranteed, but exercise and weight control are like wearing a seat belt," McTiernan said. "It reduces your risk."
Dr. McTiernan is an epidemiologist in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch. She is also a full professor (Research) of Epidemiology and Geriatrics at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine.

Entreprenership, business strategy, Innovation

Knott's research examines the optimal environment and policies (economic, industrial and firm) for innovation, and is best summarized in her book, How Innovation Really Works (March 2017). This interest stems from issues arising during an earlier career in defense electronics at Hughes Aircraft Company. 

Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Genetics, biomolecular chemistry, Oncology

€4 Million Grant to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing of Health Professionals and Patient Safety

Medicine, Media & Patients: A New Professional Language

New Natural Therapeutic Agent to Fight Diabetic Nephropathy

Exploiting RB1 Predictive Value for Cancer Therapy in the Clinical Setting: Lost in Translation

Cervical Cancer During Pregnancy, Though Serious, is Highly Treatable According to New Research Review

Brain Cancer Drug Reactivates Body's Natural Defenses

Enzyme Inhibition May Lead to New Melanoma Therapy, Say Researchers at Fox Chase with Support from Sbarro Institute

Decoy Damaged DNA Discovers New Gene Repair Protein

Understanding Cancer Heterogeneity Could Further Reduce Chemo Use, Says Expert

Repurposed Parasite Drug New Weapon Against Mesothelioma

Diverse Role of CDK9 Gene in Cell Regulation Continues to Reveal Cancer Treatment Targets 25 Years After Discovery

Fluctuations of Sex Steroid Hormone Could be Culprit in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Detecting Pompe Disease with More Accuracy Key to Urgent Intervention

Xylella: a conscience, not a science problem

From Medical Discovery to Food and Fine Arts, Italian-American Contributions Celebrated at Annual Foundation Conference

New Cancer Therapies Earn Sbarro Health Research Organization President Antonio Giordano 2017 CORE Prize for Oncology

Italian-American Researchers Present Mediterranean Diet, Health, and Longevity at Annual Medical Conference

Research Reveals Gene Differences in Mouse Model Versus Humans

Adding Radiation Treatments to Inoperable Lung Cancer Increases Survival by up to One Year

Targeting Cell Cycle Reactivation Caused by Inflammation May Provide the Way to Prevent Neuron Death in Alzheimer’s Disease

Does Radiology Contrast Medium Matter? To Fragile Cancer Patients, Yes

Clinical Data Confirms Efficacy of Pre-Surgery Chemo in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Tomato Extract Fights Stomach Cancer, Ripe for Further Study

Thorough Genotyping and Repurposed Drugs Key to Treating Small-Cell Lung Cancer, says Cancer Expert

Sbarro Health Research Organization President Re-Elected to Board of Italian American Foundation

Economic Disparities a Growing Concern for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Every Diagnosis of Cancer Should Come with One of These, Says Cancer Expert

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