Whether it's finding cancer early enough to save lives or revamping the way we think of "old folks' homes," seven Ohio State faculty members shared ideas to change the world.
Dr. Claudia Kirsch, Department of Radiology
Once cancer "hitchhikes"—by growing along nerves toward the brain—a patient's chance of survival decreases dramatically. By looking at head scans in a new way, Kirsch spots these hitchhikers before they're a death sentence.
“The Dark Side of Light”
Randy Nelson, Departments of Neuroscience and Psychology
How do you fight escalating rates of obesity and depression? One thing to try: Sleeping in complete darkness. Nelson studies "the dark side of light" at night and its effect on circadian rhythms.
“Many Moments of Gratitude”
Trent Tipple, College of Medicine
Facing potentially terminal cancer, Tipple realized the importance of saying thanks. "We live in a society that celebrates individual accomplishment," he says. "Nobody has ever accomplished anything in this world without the help and input of others."
South Africa has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world, with 5.6 million people. Parrott, a filmmaker, documented hospice care in country—and found an "incredibly adaptive" program that met community needs as well as health care.