ProfNet Expert Alerts for November 17, 2023 Also in This Edition: Media Industry News

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.


  • Heart Health
  • Anti-Tobacco Campaigns
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Thriving Classrooms
  • Seasonal Depression
  • Sex-Based Differences in Nicotine Addiction
  • Machine Learning in Clinical Trials
  • Psychedelic Treatment for Depression
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Tick Research and Lyme Disease
  • Alternatives to BMI


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Heart Health
John Elefteriades
Professor of Surgery (Cardiac)
Yale School of Medicine
“The protection is so strong that the aneurysmal ascending aorta almost never harbors any atherosclerotic plaques. The coronary arteries (which feed the heart) are clean. The peripheral arteries (e.g. femoral arteries) are soft and smooth like a teenager’s.”
Genetic ascending aortic aneurysms offer a unique protective effect against atherosclerotic stroke & heart attack.
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]

Anti-Tobacco Campaigns
Grace Kong, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
To better protect our youth from pro-tobacco content, a stronger commitment is required. Possible strategies could include effective anti-tobacco campaigns on social media and regulating and enforcing rules to prevent tobacco promotion that targets youth on social media.
Yale study shows teen social media use associated with higher vaping risk
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]

Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Howard Rankin
Science Director
The future lies at the intersection of human and artificial intelligence. And, yes, robots probably need sentient bodies in order to be intelligent.”
The intersection of human and artificial intelligence requires an understanding of conscious and subconscious processes. Regression analysis is not enough, no matter how deep it goes.
Media contact: Howard Rankin, [email protected]

Thriving Classrooms
Amelia Azul Elgas
Learning Experience Designer and Online Community & Engagement Specialist
Western Governors University’s School of Education
“Thriving classrooms are the result of intentional and holistic education. Research shows us that focusing on character qualities throughout the year provides a solid foundation for academic learning to flourish. The data shows us that this work, done intentionally and according to empirical-based evidence, can promote student community and belonging, improve academic outcomes, facilitate teacher and student retention, increase positive social experiences, and reduce student disciplinary issues.”
Tips for Teachers: Thriving Classrooms
Media contact: Mark Toth, [email protected]

Seasonal Depression
Paul Desan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
“If you get the sensation that you feel different in the winter, it’s not your imagination. We live indoors, where there is less light, and that magnifies the winter signal.”
Seasonal depression
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]

Sex-Based Differences in Nicotine Addiction
Marina Picciotto, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
“Historically, women in many countries were less likely to start smoking than men due to societal pressures; however, women who smoke progress to dependence more rapidly than men, are less likely to succeed in a quit attempt than men, and are more likely to relapse in response to stressful life events. “
Sex-based differences in nicotine addiction require new, sex-specific treatment
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]

Machine Learning in Clinical Trials
Rohan Khera, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
“The enrollment of fewer patients cuts down costs of trials by a lot – about 40K per 1 fewer patient enrolled. Our new AI- assisted method can cut down trial sizes by about 20%, for trials that are several thousand patient large.”
Machine learning models can adaptively improve clinical trial enrollment, providing representative samples with less participants and greatly reducing trial cost.
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]

Psychedelic Treatment for Depression
Sophie Holmes, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
How we think these compounds work is they make the brain more adaptive and flexible. So this creates a window of opportunity where we can intervene at the psychological level while the brain is in this more plastic state, to encourage more flexible and adaptive ways of thinking and help people get out of their depressed mind state.
Use of psychedelics in treatment of depression
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]

COVID-19 Vaccines
David Martinez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Yale School of Medicine
“This current study provides an important proof-of-principle that this trivalent coronavirus vaccine could advance to Phase 1 human safety and immunogenicity vaccine trials. Our study lays the groundwork for human clinical trials to initiate.”
An experimental vaccine provides simultaneous protection against COVID-19, SARS-CoV 2003, and MERS-CoV. Vaccines that protect against multiple dangerous coronaviruses could prevent the next pandemic.
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]

Tick Research and Lyme Disease
Sukanya Narasimhan, PhD
Associate Professor
Yale School of Medicine
“If we can keep ticks from feeding, we can control Lyme and other diseases as well.”
Ticks and mosquitos transmit debilitating or deadly infections to human hosts. My team is creating vaccines to prevent insects from spreading disease through their bites – protecting from dozens of dangerous pathogens at once.
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]

Alternatives to BMI
Robin Masheb, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
“If your clinician is measuring and making healthcare decisions solely on your BMI, they are not accounting for many factors affecting weight including age, race, ethnicity, gender and muscle mass.”
Alternatives to BMI as a health and obesity metric
Media contact: Sean McCabe, [email protected]


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