Science Cafes

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).

Science Cafe 360o Events
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.
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.
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, 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. 
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.
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, 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.
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
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 Office at Children's National, 
comments on research efforts focused on the impact of stress on sleep.