The Calder Library now provides access to the HSTalks Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection of audio-visual lectures.  Each lecture is specially commissioned from a leading world expert, including Nobel Laureates and Lasker prize winners.

The Collection contains over 2,000 lectures, which are divided into more than 100 comprehensive series. All the talks have been indexed by 'Subject Area' into both 'Categories' and 'Therapeutic Areas'. Clicking on any of these subject areas will show a list of available lectures for each area of interest.

The search function identifies talks within the specific 'Category' or 'Therapeutic Area.’ Below each Category or Area appears a list of individual talks, the number of 'Series', as well as a list of all the 'Experts' who have presented talks in this field.



  • Agriculture and Environmental Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Cancer
  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Diseases, Disorders, & Treatments
  • Genetics & Epigenetics
  • Immunology
  • Metabolism & Nutrition
  • Methods
  • Microbiology
  • Neurology
  • Omics & Systems Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Reproduction & Development


Therapeutic Areas

  • Cardiovascular & Metabolic
  • Dermatology
  • Gynecology & Obstetrics
  • Hematology
  • Immunology & Inflammation
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Health
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Vaccines

HSTalks is accessible from the Library homepage Database drop-down, the Blackboard portal, and the UM Libraries’ new catalog search engine—uSearch.


For a quick video tutorial for using HSTalks, please visit the HSTalks website.


For print instructions, see below:

• The 'View All Talks' in the Lecture section has the option to filter the results by category and date released.

• The HSTalks logo at the top of the page will bring users back to the home page.

• Entering a search term in the search bar at the center of the homepage searches the entire collection of talks.

• Results can be narrowed down to suit specific needs by using filter options.

• Features include a “Navigable Slide Index” to navigate to different parts of the talk, a list of the 'Topics Covered', as well as the talk control panel that can be used to pause, change the volume level, and change to full screen if desired.

• Below the talk is an option to share the talk with a colleague.

• An option to open printable slide handouts is available.

• An online form can be used to request updates and new lecture releases.

• Registration is required to access HS Talks remotely via mobile devices--just click on the “padlock” on the top right of the screen.