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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
Tuesday, June 12th, 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 9th, 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.
Thursday, May 23rd, 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.


Tuesday, November 12th, 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.


Tuesday, January 14th, 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, July 22nd, 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. 


Wednesday, November 12th, 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.
Wednesday, January 28th, 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, March 18th, 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.

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.