Research Seminars @ Illinois

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Tailored for undergraduate researchers, this calendar is a curated list of research seminars at the University of Illinois. Explore the diverse world of research and expand your knowledge through engaging sessions designed to inspire and enlighten.

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Food For Thought: Jason Ridlon and Leona Yi-Fan Su

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Center for Advanced Study
Levis Faculty Center, Room 208
Mar 7, 2024   11:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Jason Ridlon, Leona Y-Fan Su
Naomi Young
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Center for Advanced Study

11:00am, Jason Ridlon, Bacteria on Steroids

Endocrinology has long focused on steroid biosynthesis and metabolism by host enzymes, and mode of action of steroids in various target tissues in the body. Work conducted by Jason Ridlon and his research group emphasizes that host-associated bacteria are an important component of the human endocrine system and cannot be ignored any longer. This talk will describe evidence that bacteria inhabiting the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts generate androgens that may have health implications for hormone-dependent diseases such as prostate cancer.

Noon, Leona Yi-Fan SuConversational Agents for Correction of Health Misinformation

The rapid global spread of misinformation poses serious threats to public health, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the development of effective tools to combat it. Chatbots for this purpose have been deployed by the WHO and other health agencies, but neither their levels of effectiveness nor the mechanisms of their corrective effects are adequately understood. In this talk, Professor Su will present her empirical findings about how, and how well, chatbots can be used to debunk health misinformation.

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