These 11 Experts Want to Connect with Journalists

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Expert Alerts

Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

1. Heart Health

Who: John Elefteriades, Professor of Surgery (Cardiac), Yale School of Medicine

Topic: Genetic ascending aortic aneurysms offer a unique protective effect against atherosclerotic stroke & heart attack.


Media contact: Sean McCabe[email protected]

2. Anti-Tobacco Campaigns

Who: Grace Kong, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

Topic: 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.


Media contact: Sean McCabe[email protected]

3. Artificial Intelligence

Who: Dr. Howard Rankin, Science Director, IntualityAI

Topic: The future lies at the intersection of human and artificial intelligence. And, yes, robots probably need sentient bodies in order to be intelligent.


Media contact: Howard Rankin[email protected]

4. Thriving Classrooms

Who: Amelia Azul Elgas, Learning Experience Designer and Online Community & Engagement Specialist, Western Governors University’s School of Education

Topic: “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.”


Media contact: Mark Toth[email protected]

5. Seasonal Depression

Who: 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.


Media contact: Sean McCabe[email protected]

6. Sex-Based Differences in Nicotine Addiction

Who: Marina Picciotto, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

Topic: Sex-based differences in nicotine addiction require new, sex-specific treatment.


Media contact: Sean McCabe[email protected]

7. Machine Learning in Clinical Trials

Who: Rohan Khera, MD, Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Topic: 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]

8. Psychedelic Treatment for Depression

Who: 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.


Media contact: Sean McCabe[email protected]

9. COVID-19 Vaccines

Who: David Martinez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine

Topic: 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]

10. Tick Research and Lyme Disease

Who: Sukanya Narasimhan, PhD, Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine

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]

11. Alternatives to BMI

Who: Robin Masheb, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

Topic: 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.


Media contact: Sean McCabe[email protected]

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The content in this post was originally published in ProfNet Expert Alerts on Nov. 17.

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Rocky Parker is the Manager of Audience and Journalist Engagement at Cision PR Newswire. She's been with the company since 2010 and has worked with journalists and bloggers as well as PR and comms professionals. Outside of work, she can be found trying a new recipe, binging a new show, or cuddling with her pitbull, Hudson.

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