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Discovering Hope in Science

Discovering Hope in Science is a podcast presented by the Office of Communications and Media Relations at the NIH Clinical Center. In each episode, we bring you short plain language conversations with Clinical Center scientists and researchers, focusing on their recently published research and breakthrough topics at the Clinical Center.

This podcast is tailored for the public offering valuable insights and updates on the latest scientific advancements. Our goal is to make complex research accessible and engaging, providing a platform for scientists to share their work in a concise and understandable manner.

Join us as we uncover the incredible work happening at the Clinical Center, sharing inspiring stories and instilling hope through the remarkable potential of science in improving human health and well-being.

Please contact if you or someone you know would like to be featured.

If you have questions or comments about this podcast, contact

Our podcasts can be streamed on Spotify and YouTube.

Check out the latest episodes.

Episode 1: Navigating COVID-19 Breakthrough Infections featuring Dr. Huapaya

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Julio Huapaya, a Senior Critical Care Fellow in the Clinical Center's Critical Care Medicine Department, to discuss his published journal article. We review the importance of his findings and implications to the public health. In this study, researchers evaluated patients who had been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and had breakthrough infections and compared them to unvaccinated patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. The study showed that vaccinations may help limit the progression of inflammatory responses associated with disease severity.

Episode 2: Detecting Lymph Nodes with Artificial Intelligence featuring Dr. Summers

In this episode we hear from Dr. Ronald Summers, a tenured Senior Investigator and Staff Radiologist in the Clinical Center's Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department, on how scientists succeeded in using Artificial Intelligence technology to assist in lymph node detection. This detection can be critical in assessing lymphadenopathy (swelling of lymph nodes) and may lead to a better control of infection and cancer spread (metastases).

Episode 3: What is Healing? featuring Dr. Ann Berger

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Ann Berger, founder and former chief of palliative care at the NIH Clinical Center to answer the question, "What is Healing?". A breast cancer survivor and acknowledged leader in the field of pain management, Dr. Berger set out to answer that question 15 years ago. Hear Dr. Berger discuss why, for her and others, being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is sometimes a blessing. Please join us for this special talk with Dr. Berger, where she'll discuss the role that connection, acceptance, and forgiveness play in promoting a sense of healing.

Episode 4: Wake Up Call: Tackling Fatigue Head-On in Pilots, Truckers, and Astronauts featuring Dr. Katherine Maki

In this episode of Discovering Hope in Science, we hear from Dr. Katherine Maki, an Assistant Clinical Investigator in the Clinical Center's Translational Biobehavioral and Health Disparities Branch to discuss her findings in her co-published article. This study reviewed 28 laboratory and field-based studies that had either objective or subjective measurements of sleep or fatigue. Shorter sleep durations, short off-duty time, and early-morning start times were associated with slower reaction times, more lapses in attention, and premature responses on psychomotor vigilance tests.

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