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Plugging into the Secret Lives of Teens

imageOn April 7, 2011, Scienta Health hosted a breakfast lecture entitled “Plugging into the Secret Lives of Teens”, featuring noted Harvard doctors Blaise Aguirre (guest speaker), Esther Dechant and Michael Hollander (round-table discussion hosts).

The breakfast lecture was held at the Four Season’s Hotel in Toronto. Dr. Aguirre spoke about adolescent borderline disorders and how to recognize and deal with the condition in your teens. Doctors Dechant and Hollander hostedround-table discussions after the lecture for participants wishing to know more about adolescent borderline disorders.

Aguirre_Blaise 2.07Dr. Aguirre is an expert in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychopharmacology. He is the founding medical director of 3East at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, a unique, residential DBT program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and borderline personality traits.

Dechant, Esther 3.07Dr. Dechant is Day Hospital Director – Klarman Eating Disorders Center at the McLean Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry with subspecialty certification in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Hollander, M. 9.07Dr. Hollander has treated adolescents and their families for almost 30 years and is an expert in individual and group therapies, especially the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with teenagers.


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Scienta Health on February 23rd 2011 in All About Our Events

Tumor Genotyping: The Revolution in Personalizing Diagnosis & Treatment of Cancer

Third lecture of the 2010  Scienta Health Series: “Strong Medicine”, October 7, 2010

Our guest speaker, Dr. Leif W. Ellisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on tumor genotyping, talks about his team’s revolutionary research work and how their findings are dramatically impacting the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

“The future is now. It used to take 10 years for cancer research results to be translated from bench to bedside. Now it takes just months to bring new therapies to patients. It’s a whole new era” says Leif Ellisen.

Cancer continues to be one of today’s most dreaded diseases, with successful treatment hinging on early detection. But even with early detection, cancer is still potentially fatal.

At the Massachusetts General Hospital’s new Molecular Pathology Translational Research Lab, a team led by Dr. Ellisen and Dr. A. John Iafrate has developed ways to "genotype" tumors, also termed “molecular fingerprinting”. Their aim is to find genetic abnormalities or flaws which have been "switched on" during the cancer’s development. Isolating these enables the research and eventual development of "smart" drugs to target only specific abnormalities and lead to the slowing, halt, or even reversal of cancer progression.

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Scienta Health on September 15th 2010 in All About Our Events

Consumer Driven Healthcare Innovations

May 19, 2010 marked the second highly successful lecture of the Scienta Health Series

Harvard Business School Professor Regina Herzlinger, dubbed "Godmother” of consumer-driven healthcare by Money, delivered a provocative and eye-opening talk on the current state of the North American healthcare system and what is needed to initiate much-needed reforms.

While happy that healthcare will become available to millions of uninsured Americans, Professor Herzlinger fears many measures in recent U.S. healthcare legislation will further boost already excessive healthcare costs. She argues the only way to bring down costs and make healthcare more readily available to Americans is to allow them to choose and purchase their own health plans.

In an interview with Andrew Coyne for Maclean′s Magazine, Professor Herzlinger expounded on her views on North American healthcare. To read the Maclean′s article, please click here: Regina Herzlinger – Macleans May 2010.

Professor Herzlinger′s talk drew attendance from various fields, including healthcare practitioners, Ministry of Health officials, and business leaders. To see photographs of the event, please click here: Herzlinger event May 2010

About Professor Regina Herzlinger

Professor Herzlinger has authored three best-selling books on healthcare. Her most recent, Who Killed Health Care?, was selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of the ten books that “changed the debate in 2008” and was profiled in a full-page article in The Economist. Noted Merrill Matthews, “Regina Herzlinger, (is) one of the country’s most knowledgeable and articulate experts on the U.S. healthcare system.”

Professor Herzlinger received her Bachelors degree from M.I.T. and her Doctorate from Harvard Business School. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Thompson Book of the Year Award twice and the Academy of Healthcare Executives Research Award three times. She has been selected by the students as one of the outstanding instructors of the Harvard Business School’s MBA Program.

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Scienta Health on May 24th 2010 in All About Our Events

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