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Science Café 360°

Science Café 360° is a casual forum for community members, medical researchers, and social scientists - anyone who is interested in health or medicine to street scholars. Each Café will feature a different health topic and a clinical researcher who will demystify what they do, how they do it, and why they think their work may help residents. Community members are encouraged to probe, debate, and share ideas that come from their own experiences in collaboration with medical researchers, social scientists, and community leaders who are thinking big about transforming health in Washington, DC! The Science Cafes are held at a local coffee shop: Busboys and Poets (1025 5th Street, NW).


In Our District – Envisioning Comprehensive Education, Clinical Care, and Transformative Research for People Living with Autism
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Panel Discussion of Experts and Parents

The featured speakers are: 

  • Dr. Kevin Pelphrey, Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) at George Washington University & Children's National Health System and parent of a daughter on the spectrum;
  • 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; and
  • Molly Whalen, Executive Director of the DC Association for Special Education and the parent of two children 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.

We're Moving on Up - Changing from Pediatric to Adult Health Care for Adolescents and Young Adults with Special Needs
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lisa Tuchman, MD 
Children's National Health System

Dr. Lisa Tuchman discussed her research on care coordination to help patients with special health care needs transition to adult care. Dr. Tuchman will be joined by TjaMeika Davenport, Parent Navigator at Children’s National, and Dr. Jalan Burton, Interim Chief Medical Officer at Health Services for Children with Special Health Care 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.

Sex in the City: Strategies for Safer Behaviors for At-Risk Youth
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Goulda Downer, PhD, RD, LN, CNS
Howard University College of Medicine

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.

Honeybuns & Greens: Childhood Obesity and What To Do About It
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Adrienne Corder 
Corder Pounder Youth Fitness Program

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!

Sleep, Stress, and Health
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thomas Mellman, MD
Howard University

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.

Sickle Cell Disease - Painful and Prevalent
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Susan Perrine, MD
Howard University 

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. 

Sickle Cell Disease
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Allistair Abraham, MD
Children's National Health System 

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. 

Mental Health
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Lisa Cullins, MD
Children's National Health System 

Dr. Cullins discussed mental health from her experience as a pediatric psychiatrist at Children’s National.

Breathe Easy! Let's Talk Asthma!
Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Stephen Teach, MD, MPH
Children's National Health System 

Dr. Teach discussed asthma from his experience as a pediatric emergency department doctor and researcher for two decades.