Snapshots from #ahcj13 | Holly Strawbridge

About Cynthia Craft

Cynthia Craft is a senior health writer at The Sacramento Bee. She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-California Health Journalism Fellowship, which is supported by The California HealthCare Foundation.

Holly Strawbridge, executive editor, Harvard Heart Letter:

What surprised you most about what you learned so far at the conference?
The quality of the speakers really has surprised me. I’ve gone to hundreds of medical conferences and conventions and – really – the quality of speakers here is quite excellent.

What was your favorite panel?
It was the one exploring the dangers of food. It was really interesting for me. We learned all about the FDA food and safety measures and all of that was new to me. I found it comforting as a consumer.

What did you want to hear more of?
The stem cell research panel was very interesting. I felt it should be a half hour longer because the speakers had a wealth of knowledge to share. Stem cell science leads to an all new way of using our genes to determine our reaction to pharmaceuticals. The speakers took the topic from theory to practical and I thought it was hugely helpful.

What elements do you wish the conference offered more of?
There were so many good panels, and you had to choose between two you wanted to attend. I would love it if some way there were tapes available of all the panels – so you could, in effect, download them and attend all of the panels.

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