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Science Café 360°

Science Café 360 is a casual space for open dialogue between researchers, community members, and social scientists. Researchers demystify what they do, how they do it, and why they think it will help local residents. Community members - anyone from the casually interested to health activists, from citizen patients to street scholars - will probe, debate, and share ideas that come from living the experience. The cafes are hosted in DC’s Busboys and Poets (Brookland) coffee shop on weekday evenings.             

The Science Café 360 series is sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Childrens National (CTSI-CN): The CTSI-CN offers unique resources in translating discovery to improved health. 


Science Cafe 360o Events

Date/Time Speaker Event Topic Event Description
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM  Kavita Parikh, MD, MSHS
Pediatric Hospitalist Faculty at Children's National Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University Medical Center

Janet A. Phoenix, MD, MPH
Manager of the Breathe Easy Asthma Home Visiting Program at BreatheDC 
H2H Pilot Project:
Hospital to Home Transition for Children with Asthma
Drs. Parikh and Phoenix will discuss optimizing the transition to home for children who are hospitalized with an asthma exacerbation through better care coordination with schools and primary care providers. A community member will join Drs. Parikh and Phoenix to discuss the importance of this research to those impacted by asthma. 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

Lanre O. Falusi, MD 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs at the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National Hospital  

Kathleen M. Roche, PhD, MSW 
Associate Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University 

From Policy to Psychology: How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-being of Latino Families  Drs. Falusi and Roche will discuss the latest research on how immigration news and actions impact the health and well-being of Latina/o youth and families. Ms. Damaris Encarnacion, community member, will join Drs. Falusi and Roche to discuss the importance of this research to the immigrant community. 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

Qing Zeng, PhD
Director, Biomedical Informatics Center and Professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at George Washington University

Linda Zanin, EdD, RDMS
Director of Strategic Partnerships at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Screen Time:
Engaging Youth to Develop Video Games that Increase Healthy Behaviors and Reduce Health Disparities
Dr. Zeng will discuss her research that co-creates video games with teenagers to disseminate health information and promote healthy behavior among teens.  Dr. Zanin will share her work in developing mutually beneficial community partnerships that expand knowledge in the field of health sciences while also forming a highly trained workforce. 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Daniel Lewin, Ph.D., DABSM
Associate Director of Sleep Medicine at Children’s National Health System
Lt. Colonel Scott Williams, MD
Chief Sleep Disorders Clinic, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
The Cutting Edge of Sleep and Circadian Science:
Your Health and Public Health
Drs. Lewin and Williams will discuss the latest research in sleep science, and the impact of optimal sleep health on child and adolescent physical health, mental health and well-being.  Come learn about how communities can improve sleep health and address disparities in sleep health.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM 

Dr. Olga Acosta Price
Director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, Associate Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University  

Dr. Michael Long
Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken School of Public Health at the George Washington University  

Marisa Parella
School-Based Mental Health Program Manager at Mary’s Center 

Dr. Chioma Oruh
Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet for DC Public Schools and the DCPS Early Childhood Education Policy Council

Coordination, Strength, and Flexibility, They’re Not Just for PE:
Using Data to Build Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Health Systems

Dr. Acosta Price will discuss her research in care coordination and optimal partnerships between schools and health systems to improve physical and mental health for students and promote academic success. Dr. Long will share his research on preventing childhood obesity through improvements to the food and physical activity environments for children in schools. Ms. Parella will offer her experiences as a community provider and the importance of designing programs that respond to the community needs. Dr. Oruh will share her experiences as a parent navigating the health and education systems to advocate for her children. 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM 

Dr. Anna Penn
Neonatologist and developmental neuroscientist at Children’s National Hospital

Dr. Lee Beers
Director of the DC Mental Health Access in Pediatrics (DC MAP) program and Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN) 

Gail Avent
Executive Director and founder of Total Family Care Coalition (TFCC)

From Placenta to PreSchool:  
The Developing Brain and What Communities Can Do to Support It

Dr. Penn will discuss her research in neuroplacentology and how placental function shapes the developing brain. Dr. Beers will provide information on the Early Childhood Innovation Network, with a specific focus on her research on early childhood mental health and toxic stress. Ms. Avent will discuss the work of her grassroots peer-to-peer family and youth support program that she founded after experiencing stumbling blocks in accessing mental health services for her son.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM 

Dr. Kevin Pelphrey
Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) at George Washington University & Children's National Hospital and parent of an autistic daughter

Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney
Director of Infant Research in ANDI and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at GW

Dr. Jennifer Frey 
Director of the Early Childhood Research Program in ANDI and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at GW

Molly Whalen
Executive Director of the DC Association for Special Education and parent of two autistic children

Envisioning Comprehensive Education, Clinical Care, and Transformative Research for People Living with Autism

This expert panel will discuss the latest research on autism, the vision of the new Institute, and the importance of cross-sector collaboration with education and clinical care to deliver the best possible supports and services for children with autism and those who care for them.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM 

Dr. Lisa Tuchman
Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's National Hospital 

TjaMeika Davenport
Parent Navigator at Children’s National Hospital

Dr. Jalan Burton
Interim Chief Medical Officer at Health Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs

We're Moving on Up: 
Changing from Pediatric to Adult Health Care for Adolescents and Young Adults with Special Needs

This expert panel will offer the perspectives of provider, parent and payer in addressing the needs of children with complex health care conditions as they grow and mature, and move up into the adult health care system.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Goulda Downer, PhD, RD, LN, CNS, 
Howard University College of Medicine

Sex in the City:
Strategies for Safer Behaviors for At-Risk Youth

Dr. Goulda Downer of Howard University College of Medicine discussed her research on risk behaviors of youth relating to HIV/STD prevention. Dr. Downer was joined by representatives from the Mautner Project and Metro TeenAIDS of Whitman Walker Health for a panel discussion about the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of sexual health services in the District of Columbia. 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Adrienne Corder
Corder Pounder Youth Fitness Program

Honeybuns & Greens: 
Childhood Obesity and What To Do About It 
Dr. Adrienne Corder – a community advocate, health guru, geneticist and founder of Corder Pounder Youth Fitness Program  – discussed the importance of understanding and addressing childhood obesity from multiple perspectives. Adrienne also discussed current research initiatives related to obesity and the role young people can play in this research. Youth shared their experiences of overcoming stigma and setbacks on their journey toward personal change and attendees learned about local childhood obesity programs that are making a difference!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thomas Mellman, MD
Howard University

Sleep, Stress, and Health Dr. Mellman discussed how stress impacts sleep and sleep impact health. We also heard from community residents on the impact of stress on their sleep. Researchers and advocates also discussed ways to build resilience to the effects of traumatic and neighborhood stress on sleep.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Susan Perrine, MD
Howard University 

Sickle Cell Disease:  
Painful and Prevalent

Dr. Perrine discussed research pertaining to sickle cell disease (SCD) with a focus on adults living with SCD. SCD is a hereditary blood disorder that is painful and prevalent in DC. This cafe was a follow-up to the earlier SCD cafe that focused on pediatric care for SCD. Joining Dr. Perrine will be adults sharing their experience living with SCD and other scientists working in the SCD research space. 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Allistair Abraham, MD
Children's National 
Sickle Cell Disease Dr. Abraham discussed sickle cell disease from his experience performing bone marrow transplants - the only known cure for sickle cell disease - at Children's National. Sickle cell disease is a hereditary blood disorder that is particularly prevalent in DC. Learn what you can do to help advance care, research, and support for people living with sickle cell disease.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Lisa Cullins, MD
Children's National

Mental Health Dr. Cullins discussed mental health from her experience as a pediatric psychiatrist at Children’s National. 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:00 - 7:00 pm


Stephen Teach, MD, MPH
Children's National

Breathe Easy! Let's Talk Asthma! Dr. Teach discussed asthma from his experience as a pediatric emergency department doctor and researcher for two decades. 

Breathe Easy! Let's Talk Asthma!

Image 1: Rates of asthma in the District are higher than the national average – 16% of residents report being diagnosed with
asthma. Washington, DC, has the highest rate of pediatric asthma in the country.

Image 2: Dr. Teach talks about children's access to primary care.

Image 3: Community members came to ask questions, debate, and share ideas about their own experiences.

Mental Health
Image 1: Dr. Cullins discussed mental health from her experience as a pediatric psychiatrist
Image 2: Community members listen intently to Dr. Cullins.
Image 3: Dr. Cullins is helping to change the conversation about mental health.

Sleep, Stress and Health

Image 1: Dr. Mellman discussed how sleep impacts health

Image 2: Dr. Mark Batshaw, Chief Academic Officer at Children's National,  comments on research efforts focused on the impact of stress on sleep.