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Inside Medicine – A Beautiful Scientific Marriage | Weill Cornell Season 1 Episode 2

December 31, 2019


It Takes an Exceptional Person to become a great Physician Or scientist but Excellence in Medicine Requires Relationships That Connect and That’s why at Weill cornell We place A special Focus on mentoring it’s the Foundation of the Best Patient Care and the next big Discoveries That Emphasis Starts Here in The dean’s Office and I am very Proud of the results I Have Many Mornings Wrapped Up in A blanket when it is called drinking my coffee, my terrace Waiting for the sun to come up When I can get Writing done is about four to six Or seven my students find this Annoying because Usually They’ll Work On a paper and They’ll email it to me Thinking That They’ll Have a day or two of a Break Because They Usually send it at 11 Or 12 Or two, or three in the Morning and i Usually get up Around Four It’s Usually sitting Back in Their Inbox When they come Into the lab the next Morning? When I’m I’m Coming into Work I’m? Either Thinking About A new Research Idea Or i’m Thinking About a question a student is asking and how We Can Frame that in Such a way that? He or she Can Really get Traction and Telling that story We also know of Course There that Exercise Is very good for your Brain so it’s Probably? Fluffing Up my Hippocampus so that i Can Think more Broadly I direct The Secular Institute and our Work Really Focuses on the adolescent brain Adolescence is a time when, we’re Seeing so many Changes that are Occurring in The Brain but it’s, also a time When We’re Seeing a, peak Incidence in Mental illnesses Particularly Anxiety and Depression Computer Game With Visas While you’re in the Scanner the Jackpot Looks Like This Our Research is Focusing on? IDentifying Risk Factors for These Disorders If We can’t Make the lives of Young People Healthier we’re not going to be able to Make Society Healthier in the Future I’ve Had the wonderful Opportunity to Mentor so many great scientists at weill cornell One of the most Amazing is Connor Listed Connectivity Between This Orbital Region Cortex and Subcortical Structures We Hope that We might Be able to develop These tools so they Could actually Make a clinical Impact in Cases Like that When Connor Came Through the door he was Already an Accomplished Young scientist from Harvard but with a high profile Paper Many Times when You get A lot of Attention Early in your Career You Can Kind of Coast on that but Never in my life Seen Connor Coast It was a beautiful Scientific marriage? While Cornell Is A Wonderful Home Because it’s Such an Incredibly collaborative Environment and It Takes A very Strong and Patient leader to allow that type of Environment you I think it’s a fabulous Environment for Connor Because he Is for most Interested in The Question and the Discovery no one is There to Prove a hypothesis They’re There to test hypotheses and That’s When Discoveries are made I Grew up on This very Small Farm Neither of my Parents Had Gone To College Beyond Four Years I think Where I began to be Interested in Science was? Growing Up on the Farm Because everything you, do on the farm Is a little Experiment The Fabulous Thing About my mother Is She was Really Someone who always Let Us Make our Own Decisions and? Always Encouraged Us and Said She Knew Whatever Decision We made She knew it Would be the right Decision that, We Would Make the right Decision for Us I? Think it’s Part of my Mentoring Style to Try to Help These Students Make Their Own Decisions but to try to Help them Make the Best Decisions They Can by being a sounding board for them I Think What Connor and I have in Common is we like the Tension of? Always Having To Change our Scientific ideas and Change who, we are and how, We Explore Those Ideas and Questions? Now he is training the next Generation of scientists Every Single Year I feel like I have Just the Best Group of People that I’m working With and then There’s always This Sort of Vulnerable Point I get Into Where I realized They’re They’re Growing Up and They’re Leaving or they’re Moving on and then the next Year They? Just Kind of Regroup and Form Another Fabulous Group One of our Mottos is you Can Take the science as serious as you want to but you Can’t Take Yourself too seriously? Because It’ll get in Your Way I’d like to Say that i take great Pride and Who he Is and who he Continues to become But the pride Should all be Really Connors Pride it’s A blowout

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