Topics in Medicine (SC 209). Class presentations available.


This class is a collection of presentations in health science that are of particular interest to active older adults. Topics are selected to inform and help OLLI members proactively manage, maintain and improve quality of life.

Wednesday, December 7 (9:30-10:30 AM):

Liquid Biopsy for Prediction of Cancer: Fact vs. Fiction.

Class Presentation: liquid-biopsy-for-prediction-of-cancer

A liquid biopsy, in which tumor-specific DNA fragments are measured in blood samples, offers several advantages over conventional tissue biopsy procedures. One advantage is the claim that such blood testing can diagnose cancer before symptoms occur in the patient. This talk will update the status of liquid biopsy for cancer, which depends on ever-evolving DNA sequencing technology, and discuss the limitations of early cancer detection in general.

Presenter: Vern Roohk, Ph.D.,

Physiology and Biochemistry, Postdoc in Bioengineering. Biomedical Devices consultant, and member of the OLLI STEM Committee.

Wednesday, December 7 (10:30-11:30 AM):

Harnessing the Power of Your Mind: Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Class Presentation: The Sidman Solution

The Sidman Solution® is a unique, short-term form of clinical hypnotherapy that addresses depression and anxiety by accessing the subconscious mind without medication. It has proven especially effective in resolving disorders combining psychological issues and physical symptoms, such as interstitial cystitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Sidman will explain the process involving replacing old negative thoughts and emotions with appropriate updated ones, and will share techniques relative to the hypnotic experience.

Presenter: Jacqueline Sidman, PhD,

Clinical Hypnotherapy, American Pacific University, President, The Sidman Institute.

Wednesday, December 14: Arthritis and Rheumatology.

Nearly 40 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis, including over a quarter million children. More than 21 million Americans have osteoarthritis. In this lecture we will learn about joint, muscle and complex connective tissue diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other related afflictions. We will discuss their causes, diagnosis and courses of treatments.

Presenter: Sheetal Desai, MD.

is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCI and a practicing rheumatologist. She is a graduate of the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

Class Presentation: community-rheumatology-talk


Vern Roohk and Marc Nussbaum


Wednesdays, December 7 and 14

9:30 – 11:30 AM

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