TEDMED Speakers: Exploring the Weird and Wonderful

TEDMED 2014 is less than two weeks away! We’re excited to highlight the second to last session and its speakers, who will be part of TEDMED 2014 this September 10-12 in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA.

Sometimes, progress happens unexpectedly – in ways you’d never looked for and may not even be able to explain. This session’s wildly creative thinkers will be sharing stories of “Weird and Wonderful” discoveries that came out of the blue, defied expectations, and achieved remarkable results.

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Explore our stage program for more details on these and other speakers – and don’t forget to keep up with TEDMED by following @TEDMED on Twitter.

The Upside of Human Nature

From our primal instincts to the unfolding mysteries of how our complex brains evolved and work, humans are amazing and often unfathomable creatures. But if we don’t yet understand everything about ourselves and our surroundings, it’s not for want of trying. Scientists, artists, clergy, and indeed all of the curious among us haven’t given up trying to discern what makes us tick.

This session of TEDMED will explore what we’re learning about the human body and our inner worlds, what elements aid our bodies’ ability to heal, and how what we think of as our external environment is critical to our well-being and, in the end, is a large part of who we are.

Join us September 10-12 as these speakers, and many others, help us unlock imagination in service of health and medicine.

Art of Motion Dance Theatre
Modern Repertory Dance Company
Drawing from contemporary and classic legacies, as well as from yoga and eastern philosophies, AOMDT creates vital works inspired by earthly and imaginary worlds.

Julian Treasure
Sound Evangelist
Julian Treasure is chairman of The Sound Agency, a consultancy advising worldwide businesses on how to design with sound, especially in public or branded spaces.

Mariana Figueiro
Illumination Researcher
Brazilian-Cuban architect and scientist Mariana Figueiro researches the effect of light on humans, including alertness, performance, and cognition.

Jeffrey Karp
Bio-Inspired Innovator
Canadian Jeff Karp’s research focuses on stem cell engineering, biomaterials, and medical devices inspired by nature.

Emery Brown
Anesthesia Neuroscientist
Computational neuroscientist and anesthesiologist Emery Brown explores one of medicine’s big mysteries—exactly what happens to your brain under anesthesia?

Uzma Samadani
Brain Trauma Detective
Uzma Samadani is cofounder of Oculogica, a neurodiagnostic company specializing in detecting brain injuries using a non-invasive, bedside eye-tracking technology.

Debra Jarvis
Irreverent Reverend
For writer, ordained minister, and hospital chaplain Debra Jarvis, humor is a powerful balm, even for the sick and dying.

Zsolt Bognár
Concert Pianist
Concert pianist Zsolt Bognár, who frequently performs on NPR and has garnered critical acclaim, will perform a work by Schubert.

Tiffany Shlain
Interconnected Filmmaker
The work of filmmaker, author, artist, and Webby-awards founder Tiffany Shlain catalyzes deep thought about the future and how we want to live it.

Jen Hyatt
Global Social Entrepreneur
Jen Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Big White Wall, a digital behavioral health service including peers, professionals and evidence-based third party providers.

Peggy Battin
End-of-Life Ethicist
Philosopher and bioethicist Peggy Battin has worked for decades to defend the right of terminally ill individuals to have greater control over the timing and manner of their deaths.

Inspector Gadje
Balkan Brass Band
With up to 15 musicians, San Francisco-based Inspector Gadje brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin’ brass band music of the Balkans.

Click here to see the entire TEDMED 2014 stage program, and here to join our event – just 16 days away! – in Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA.

Stay up-to-date by following @TEDMED on Twitter.

TEDMED Speakers on the Power of Play

What do kids have going for them that adults could co-opt for innovative progress in health and medicine?

The “beginner’s mind,” for one, meaning a lack of preconceptions; an ability to stay with the moment; an attention to meaningful life details and the ability to daydream fruitfully. Kids enrich these powers through play.

It’s a good thing that playing is not limited to childhood. In fact, speakers in this session of TEDMED 2014 will reveal the extraordinary power of play for all ages – to fire up creativity, learn through hypothetical experience, and even strengthen brain connections.


Cole Galloway
Pediatric Motor Learning Scientist & Designer
Neuroscientist and physical therapist James “Cole” Galloway thinks differently about the role of self-motivated mobility in shaping who we are in early life.


Gerardo Contino

Cuban Musician

Gritty, witty and streetwise, the Havana-born Gerardo Contino, “El Abogado de la Salsa,” sings timba—a progressive, raucous style of salsa.


Jill Vialet
Recess Champion
Jill Vialet, founder of the non-profit organization Playworks, believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.


Kayt Sukel

Edgy Science Writer
Kayt Sukel tackles interesting and often taboo subjects in her writing, including love, sex, out of body experiences, and adventurous single mother travel.


Carla Pugh
Haptic Educator
Surgeon and education pioneer Carla Pugh wants doctors to fine-tune their haptic skills as a standardized part of their clinical education and daily practice.


Rupa & The April Fishes

Rock Star Hospitalist / Rebel Musician
Rupa & The April Fishes seek to celebrate beauty in pluralism and reinvigorate appreciation for living music with their diverse, global sounds.


Howard Rose

Health Games Designer
Howard Rose is president of Firsthand Technology, which specializes in real-time, interactive 3D games that aim to revolutionize how people learn, work and play.

Click here for details on this session and others, and to find out more about the many intriguing and playful activities at TEDMED 2014.

Apply today
to attend this September in either Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA. Stay updated by following @TEDMED on Twitter.

TEDMED Stage Program by the Numbers

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As we count down the days until TEDMED, we present a numerical look at the speakers for TEDMED 2014.

Some fun facts:

This year, we’re particularly proud that 45 of our speakers – 51 percent – are women.  As we ramp up to an eventual global presence, we’ve invited speakers from 20 nations and five continents.

They also represent a wide variety of interdisciplinary brilliance:  22 MDs, 26 PhDs (10 overachieving MD/PhDs and one hyper-overachieving college dropout), lawyers, architects, economists, journalists, entrepreneurs, an extreme athlete, acrobaticalists, global musicians, comedians, actors, dancers, photographers, and a man who gets a lot of mileage out of his pink tutu.

TEDMED Speakers: Tackling the Taboo

We’re just a few weeks out from TEDMED 2014! Next up – we’re sharing details on “Don’t You Dare Talk About This,” which will be presented on Day 2 of our bi-coastal event. You can’t solve a problem if you refuse to talk about it; to accelerate progress, we need to discuss controversial issues that may make us uncomfortable.

Session 5:  Don’t You Dare Talk About This

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This line-up of inspired risk-takers may just change the way you think and talk about the world’s most taboo health and medicine topics.

Learn more about these and other TEDMED 2014 speakers by exploring our stage program, and apply to attend today. Stay up-to-date by following @TEDMED on Twitter.

Later this week, we’ll be outlining our next session, “Play Is Not a Waste of Time,” about the extraordinary ways play can enhance health and medicine.

Meet the Final 11 Hive Startups

Last but not least, today we unveil the final 11 startups that we will welcome into The Hive at TEDMED this September 10-12 in Washington, DC, and San Francisco, CA. The companies we introduce are improving healthcare outcomes and the patient experience by making information available and accessible, regardless of geography or technology.

We’re very excited about this year’s Hive members – get familiar with these and all the startups joining us on TEDMED.com.


AdverseEvents aims to increase patient safety and reduce healthcare costs by providing easy access to comprehensive drug side-effect data.


CareSync‘s combination of applications and services lets patients share their healthcare information and collaborate with families, care teams, and providers in managing their health.


i-Human Patients‘ cloud-based e-learning solutions are like flight simulators that help healthcare professionals and students develop critical, cognitive competencies to make appropriate interventions and treatment plans.


MediSafe‘s data-driven Medication Management Platform is designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce expenses throughout the medication distribution chain by creating better patient engagement and medication adherence


NextGxDx is expediting genetic testing for patients with an online marketplace and HIPAA-compliant platform that allows healthcare providers to search, compare, order tests and receive results electronically.


PillPack delivers personalized rolls of pre-sorted medications to make it easy for people to take the right medication at the right time.


Pristine‘s flagship product, EyeSight, is pioneering the delivery of telehealth via Google Glass to break down physical and geographic barriers to accessing medical expertise.


SafeUseNow has developed an analytical software to model patient, prescriber, and pharmacy behavior in order to manage risk, fight fraud, combat waste, and decrease the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.


Smile Train leverages technology to provide training and funding to empower local doctors in more than 85 developing countries to provide free cleft lip and palate repair surgery for children in their own communities.


Tiatros uses social media technologies to put patients at the center of their own Personal Health Networks, surrounded by care providers, family members, and other stakeholders to make healthcare better, safer, less costly, and more easily accessible.


VoiceItt‘s personalized speech recognition technology enables people who suffer from motor, speech, and language disorders to freely express themselves and be understood in any setting, using mobile and wearable devices.

Also, meet Zen Chu in our latest interview with the thought leaders who curated this year’s Hive. Chu is Healthcare Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT, co-director of the MIT/HST Healthcare Ventures graduate course, and overseer of MIT’s Hacking Medicine initiatives. He also runs Accelerated Medical Ventures, where he serves as co-founder and first investor for several medical and software companies.

- The TEDMED Team

Facing the Facts of Childhood Obesity

On Tuesday, as part of the Great Challenges program, we convened some of the nation’s top leaders in health and research around the topic of reducing childhood obesity. The conversation touched on the need for a multifaceted approach that includes action from communities, policy makers, schools, families, and individuals. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our partner on the Great Challenges program, posted the following recap, which provides context and explores the discussion:

A 2012 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health concluded that if the adult and childhood obesity rates in 2011 continued to increase at their steady paces, then by 2030 nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults would be obese and every single state would have obesity rates above 44 percent.

Data now show that childhood obesity rates have stabilized. In fact, for the first time in a decade the obesity rates among young children from low-income families in many states is trending down.

Helping lead the way in this important public health issue has been the city of Philadelphia, Penn., which has worked to improve access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.

“We were very fortunate in Philadelphia to have colleagues…who have developed a better understanding of childhood obesity,” said Don Schwarz, former Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity, City of Philadelphia, and will also soon take on the role of director for RWJF’s Demand Team. “What that has meant is that Philadelphia was able to take a body of knowledge and bring it to scale. The partnership in Philadelphia that has allowed that to happen goes across government and between government and the private sector and community organizations—just everyday Philadelphians. So that kind of partnership, that wonderful knowledge base, has I believed turned the corner on childhood obesity, particularly for children who are of disadvantaged communities.”

Schwarz’s comments came during the Tuesday, July 22 Google Hangout TEDMED Great Challenges: A Candid Conversation About Childhood Obesity. The panel was moderated by Richard Besser, Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News.

Every member of the panel echoed the importance of partnerships, and Besser succinctly explained their critical role in not just obesity prevention but all public health efforts.

“The more creatively you can think and the wider variety of partners you can pull in, the more likely you are to be successful,” he said.

At the heart of Philadelphia’s success has been the important role that schools play in that community partnership. According to Schwarz, for the past decade the city’s schools have worked to reshape how they approach children’s health and wellbeing, including comprehensive nutrition policies, a new food environment that emphasizes healthy choices and more opportunities for kids to be physically active. One can’t be successful without the other.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF’s president and CEO, also touched on this pairing, noting how the progress that’s been made (“It’s fragile in many ways, but it’s progress nonetheless”) is rooted in an overall change in the attitude and values over how to approach the issue of childhood obesity as a nation. Where before it was viewed as an issue of personal responsibility, more and more people are realizing that parents, schools, public organizations and private organizations must all come together to investigate, implement and expand healthy policies and practices for all kids. What’s more, people are also expecting and demanding these resources from their communities.

“We have the real beginning of a change in values that will, I think, accelerate the move to a healthy weight for all children,” she said.

Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, discussed the importance of coupling effective medical treatment with surrounding a child with a culture of health, saying in particular that a culture that rewards individual successes is one that will see the greatest success overall.

“We need to stress whether for kids or for adults the importance of incremental change,” she said. “If we’re able to create an environment where…losing even 5, 7, 10 pounds, beginning to walk, starting to eat healthier—if we can have an environment where those things are rewarded, we will see continued, longer-term progress for that child and for their family.”

Businesses can also play a role in reinforcing this culture of health, according to Brown, especially has the health and wellbeing of employees and their families has slowly transitioned from an HR-only subject to more prominence. Wellness programs improve personal health while reinvigorating the surrounding community, which in turn helps ensure a stronger return on investment.

But just as Lavizzo-Mourey noted the fragility of the progress so far, Elissa Epel, an Associate Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, spoke about the continued stigmatization of obesity, which can impede efforts to reduce rates, both because overweight and obese children can feel needlessly and wrongfully shamed and because other facets of the community don’t fully understand the difficulties that many people can face when it comes to getting and staying healthy.

With research and data producing more evidence every day underlining how stress, genetic predispositions and other factors can limit control under certain conditions, when it comes to childhood obesity—and to obesity in general—we need to keep shifting from the entrenched model of personal blame to one of understanding the power of the food environment. This is especially important because stigma leads to stress leads to poor eating leads to more stigma…a cycle that a quick glance at the numbers shows far too many people suffer in.

“Stigma is toxic,” she said. “Stigma is a source of chronic stress.”

Hearkening back to the particular progress Philadelphia has made in reducing childhood obesity rates in disadvantaged communities, Epel also spoke about how low socioeconomic status also brings with it the unfortunate pairing of more toxic stress and more opportunities to turn to junk food as a coping mechanism—or at least far less access to healthy alternatives than you might see in other communities.

Epel also spoke to the core concept of public health—not being content with treating the disease, but treating the sources of the disease before symptoms such as obesity can manifest and cause harm. In that way, communities need to look at childhood obesity as a trans-generational problem that begins incorporating community players, ensuring food security and implementing other practices to improve the health of future mothers and their future children.

Still, despite all the successes across the country that were discussed, much more is needed, with an eye toward prevention as “the name of the game,” according to Lisa Simpson, President and CEO of Academy Health. That begins with a focus on a research community that continues to dig down into the risk factors and that is supported by the entire community.

“We need to continue to have these kinds of discoveries that help us understand obesity…and very importantly how to intervene to prevent it, and if the child does become overweight or obese how to treat it,” said Simpson. “At the same time, the research community—and here also the policy and practice communities—need to come together to then, once we do know what works, partner and work on the dissemination and implementation of good evidence.”

Reprinted with permission from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Public Health blog.

The Last Speakers Announced for the TEDMED 2014 Stage Program

We are proud to announce the remaining speakers who will share ideas and insight as a part of a phenomenal stage program designed to unlock your imagination. From an end-of-life bioethicist to an expert in toxic stress and inventor of a safer syringe, these global leaders in health and medicine are paving the way to a healthier future. This exceptional collection of thought leaders and innovators in San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC from September 10-12.

Without further ado, here are 14 more speakers who will grace the TEDMED 2014 stage:

Battin

End-of-life ethicist and writer Peggy Battin will talk about re-examining beliefs around an individual’s right to autonomy.

Frank
Virtual medical school pioneer Erica Frank will challenge assumptions about medical education with a revolutionary solution to the global doctor shortage.

Fry-Revere

Sigrid Fry-Revere, an organ donation ethicist and Aristotle enthusiast, will be sharing a surprisingly effective but often overlooked solution to the problem of organ shortage.

HolmesGame changer Elizabeth Holmes, who heads up lab diagnostic company Theranos, will share insights and technology that have put her at the cutting edge of high-test medical diagnostics.

Hart

Carl Hart, drug data dealer, professor, neuroscientist, and author, will describe a provocative, evidence-based approach to the crisis of drug abuse.

Horoho

Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho, the first nurse and first woman Army Surgeon General, will be discussing ways in which health care can actually cause harm.

KoskaPersistent inventor and global life-saver Marc Koska will talk about inventing the game changing Auto Disable syringe, which cannot be reused and halts the spread of blood borne illnesses.

MorganSteinerLeslie Morgan Steiner, a motherhood investigator and author of bestselling memoir Crazy Love, will share what she learned investigating a successful medical surrogacy industry across the globe – and how it might help the US.

NabelFormer head of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, founder of the Red Dress Heart Truth Campaign, cardiologist, and current president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Elizabeth “Betsy” Nabel will show the audience how accepting what you do not know can be a strength.

Ofri

Author and reflective physician Danielle Ofri will make a powerful case that one of the things medical professionals are most resistant to could lead to dramatic improvements in care.

Reed

Gail Reed, an expert in the Cuban health system, will spotlight a completely counterintuitive program to relieve the global shortage of physicians in poor countries.

VolkowNeuroscientist Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will apply a lens of addiction to the obesity epidemic.

WebsterJohns Hopkins professor and gun violence researcher Daniel Webster will examine hopeful possibilities to solve the gun control puzzle.

WenTransparent physician Leana Wen will discuss a controversial approach to medical transparency and full disclosure that could put the patient in the front seat.

With only seven weeks to go until we kickoff TEDMED 2014, space is filling up fast - be sure to apply today!

Infecting Healthcare with an Entrepreneurial Ethos

ZenChuAs Healthcare Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT, Zen Chu co-directs the MIT/HST Healthcare Ventures graduate course and oversees MIT’s Hacking Medicine initiatives. He also runs Accelerated Medical Ventures, where he serves as cofounder and first investor for several medical and software companies. Earlier in his career, Chu co-founded and served as CEO for 3D-Matrix Medical Inc., a venture-backed MIT regenerative medicine company that had a successful IPO in 2011. He has also managed and led new ventures for Harvard Medical School, Wyss Institute, NetVentures, and Hewlett-Packard.

TEDMED: What’s the most remarkable innovation you are seeing in health tech or medicine, and what is driving it?

Chu: It’s the digital transformation of healthcare that’s enabling scalable medicine.

Our Healthcare Ventures course and the Hacking Medicine ethos at MIT define scalable medicine as “impacting and improving access and quality while reducing costs.” Most of that happens not through increasing the number of doctors and health professionals, but by moving it down the skill curve, all the way to getting patients engaged in their own care. That’s how you scale medicine, not just in the U.S. but globally.

What’s driving this is that we’re taking what’s been pioneered in Silicon Valley—sensors and technologies and software and the services enabled by them—and rolling that out with a different business model. We teach that even a nonprofit with a medical mission needs to be intentional about its business model and how it is sustainable.

TEDMED: What’s the most important factor for entrepreneurial success in health tech—and is that different from your own key to success?

Chu: Health tech is more complex than IT or other traditional entrepreneurial verticals. You’ve got so many stakeholders, third-party payment, and all of the incentives and disincentives therein. So, the key profile for successful entrepreneurs is resilience side by side with a mission. Healthcare is complex enough to frustrate even the most skilled and experienced teams. If you don’t believe in your particular mission, at some point it’s easier to walk away from the startup than continue on. The only thing that keeps teams together during those lows is resilience and the mission.

That’s no different from my own key to success. I have co-founded three companies, collaborated on many more, served on boards, and been an investor in others. Those are the skills that you look for.

I believe that entrepreneurship is what is going to save healthcare. To overcome the challenges we’re facing, we need that combination of creativity not just from clinicians and researchers, but from entrepreneurs and healthcare designers.

TEDMED: For entrepreneurs with needle-moving ideas in global health, what are the keys to finding collaborators and supporters across specialties, industries, and geographies?

Chu: Many entrepreneurs and clinicians who want to do good in global health don’t realize that it’s not enough to be cheap. Oftentimes you have to offer a very different solution for the developing world. You can’t just transplant a therapy or a protocol from the developed world. The realities on the ground in these hospitals or local clinics are meaningful. The key to really impacting a country outside of the developed world is in targeting your solution to the local resources and culture and capabilities.

More generally, the key to navigating the healthcare challenge of complexity is to have a clear user and a clear job to be done. A lot of entrepreneurial teams will have a mission, but it’s too broad. Often they’re trying to make win-win-wins for the patient, insurer, provider, and supplier. They end up compromising and not focusing on a single user, whether it’s the patient or the provider or the supply chain manager. Narrowing it to a single user and job to be done makes everything else go much faster with less money.

For instance, Covidien is a company that rolled out surgical tools in China. Their cholecystectomy kit cost $300 in the U.S., and China has a huge market for gallbladder removal surgery. But the average reimbursement for that procedure is around $10 in China, so the math doesn’t work there. It’s not enough to offer a solution that’s well accepted here. You actually need a completely different solution there.

Or, with regard to culture, consider that cardiologists in the top hospitals in China and India see 100 – 150 patients per day. In the U.S., they complain if they have more than 20 patients in a day. The way doctors in the U.S. listen to and assess a patient to arrive at a definitive diagnosis is completely unrealistic in China and India. Your clinical algorithm completely changes because of patient volumes and the organization of hospitals there. Patients who go back for treatment of the same problem don’t even see the same doctor. So doctors think of everyone they send away as cured; they don’t even have that learning feedback loop.

Those are the fundamental differences in global health that you don’t really appreciate until you’re on the ground. There is no substitute for being on the ground and localizing your solution to that geography and system and culture.

TEDMED: In 2020, you’re asked to give a TEDMED talk about the biggest transformation you helped bring about in your field. What is it?

Chu: I’ve done multiple companies, but there’s a limit to the impact that any one company can have. What’s exciting to me is that I get to teach at MIT and in the Boston medical community. We’ve also been asked by BIO to host a Healthcare Hackathon for biotech and pharma company executives to try to inject a new level of innovation by teaching them how to apply new technologies and digital transformation around their pills and therapies. We’ll try to teach them design processes from Silicon Valley, agile product design, and user-centric design combined with healthcare business model frameworks. That’s what hasn’t really been taught well, not just to clinicians, but to entrepreneurs.

One of the best ways we pull ideas out of groups at hospitals and at conferences is to have them start talking about the terrible experiences in healthcare. There are so many of them. Whether you’re a physician, patient, supply chain manager, or back office nurse, there are terrible experiences in healthcare because we fundamentally underinvested in technology for decades compared to other industries. That’s the opportunity for entrepreneurs. The bar is so low.

Teaching those methods for business models in healthcare and medicine so that we can go beyond the reach of physicians, to what is much more scalable … that’s what’s rewarding. I think of what I’m doing as giving out openly and hoping to infect as many people with that ethos for entrepreneurship impacting healthcare around the world.

8 Outstanding Co-Hosts Announced for TEDMED 2014

unnamed-1It’s almost here! TEDMED 2014 will take place in just under two months… and we’re proud to announce our “navigators” for this exciting adventure.

 

TEDMED curator and chairman Jay Walker will open the event on September 10 in Washington, DC and close our program on September 12 in San Francisco, CA.

In between, TEDMED Delegates will have the pleasure of meeting — or getting reacquainted with — some of the most energetic human dynamos and inspiring thought leaders we know.

In alphabetical order, our 2014 co-hosts will include:

Co-host Venue
TEDMED director of stage content Dr. Nassim Assefi
FUN FACT: A global nomad and self-proclaimed “thrillionaire,” Nassim is also the published author of a critically well-received novel, “Aria.”
Washington, DC
TEDMED Chief Operating Officer and partner Shirley Bergin
FUN FACT: As a child, Shirley loved Peter Pan and always wanted to visit Neverland. Today we call this mother of two un-Lost Boys, “TEDMED’s Superhero in Residence.”
San Francisco, CA
Geneticist, MacAurthur “Genius” Fellow and intellectual provocateur Dr. Carlos Bustamante
FUN FACT: When he’s not doing research or exploding old paradigms, Carlos can be found sailing – a sport he calls “the perfect combination of adrenaline and intellectual challenge.”
San Francisco, CA
TEDMED’s “keeper of the flame” and president, Jon Ellenthal
FUN FACT: The door to Jon’s office has a poster-sized patent for an amazing invention – himself – listing his parents Ira and Judy as the “inventors.”
Washington, DC
Globe-trotting medical emergency journalist (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Dr. Sheri Fink
FUN FACT: She has reported on health, medicine and science in every continent but Antarctica…apparently there aren’t many medical emergencies or wars among Emperor penguins.
San Francisco, CA
Founder and director of UCSF’s Neuroscience Imaging Center (and host of his own PBS special) Dr. Adam Gazzaley
FUN FACT: Knew from age 7 he wanted to be a scientist, now he relaxes with nature photography.
San Francisco, CA
Yale medical intern, UN Delegate and passionate global activist Dr. Sandeep Kishore
FUN FACT: Sunny is the only co-host this year who is a former TEDMED speaker.
Washington, DC
Engineer, inventor and PhD candidate at MIT David Moinina Sengeh.
FUN FACT: David is also a rapper and writer of song lyrics.
Washington, DC

With this outstanding team at the helm — and with more than 80 dynamic speakers including scientists, journalists, activists, performers, artists and other thought leaders on our unified, two-city stage — TEDMED 2014 promises to be an unforgettable journey into the realm of “Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine.”

Join us in DC or SF for this unforgettable ride…and stay tuned for more exciting news about the event.