Meet the Great Challenge Advocates

Presenting our 50 Challenge Advocates, each an expert with a unique point of view on the issues behind a Great Challenge: A complex, persistent problem that affects the well-being of all of America.

At TEDMED 2012, Advocates will engage Delegates in informal conversation about their specific Challenge and will explain why it is critical and deserves immediate attention from the TEDMED community and the nation.

Sekou Andrews and Steve Connell told the TEDMED 2011 audience it was time for a "healthcare revolution."

At TEDMED 2012, Advocates will engage the TEDMED 2012 Delegates in informal conversation about their specific Challenge and will explain why it is critical and deserves immediate attention from the community. TEDMED Delegates will vote during the conference on the 20 most critical Challenges, which we’ll address in a series of online roundtable discussions.

Click here to see the 50 proposed challenges and their Advocates.

Final group of speakers for TEDMED 2012

In this final release of all-star names for our TEDMED 2012 speaker roster, we present yet another incredible group of presenters who will share unique and awe-inspiring views of the future of health and medicine.

Ali Ansary
Co-Founder, SeventyK
SO TECHNOLOGY IS A CRUTCH…YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?

Larry Brilliant
President & CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund
HOW DO YOU PERFORM A $2.6 TRILLION BALANCING ACT?

Lynda Chin
Chair, Department of Genomic Medicine & Scientific Director, Institute of Applied Cancer Science, MD Anderson Cancer Center
CAN MEDICAL INDUSTRY AND MEDICAL RESEARCH LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER?

Billy Cohn
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology, Texas Heart Institute
DO WE HAVE THE HEART TO IMPROVE ON NATURE?

Katie Couric
Co-Founder, Stand Up To Cancer & Special Correspondent, ABC News
WHO’S STANDING UP TO CANCER NOW?

Peggy Hamburg
Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
WHAT WOULD YOU DECIDE IF 311 MILLION LIVES DEPENDED ON IT?

Laird Hamilton
Professional Big-Wave Surfer
CAN YOU STILL HANG 10 WHEN YOU’RE PUSHING 40?

Fred Hersch
Jazz Pianist & Composer
WHAT’S INSPIRING ABOUT A COMA?

Scott Jurek
Author, Ultramarathon Champion
WHAT MADE ME RUN FOR MY LIFE?

Billy Jean King
Champion for Social Equality & Former Tennis Professional
CAN WE GET AMERICA MOVING AGAIN?

Bud Frazier
Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Research, Texas Heart Institute
IF YOU HAVE AN ARTIFICIAL HEART, DOES THAT MAKE YOU HEARTLESS?

Gabby Reece
Professional Volley Ball Player & Women’s Health Advocate
FUN, SUN, STAY, PLAY, WILL IT ALWAYS BE THIS WAY?

Leslie Saxon
Executive Director & Founder, USC Center for Body Computing
CAN WE GET 8 BILLION HEARTBEATS ON SPEED DIAL?

MOMIX
Dancers-Illusionists
CAN WE RESHAPE YOUR PERCEPTIONS WITHOUT SAYING A WORD?

Risa Mourey
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT TACKLING “GREAT CHALLENGES?”

Rebecca Onie
Co-Founder & CEO, Health Leads
CAN WE REWRITE THE DNA OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM?

Dan Perry
President & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research
DO CELLS HAVE A MID-LIFE CRISIS?

Stephen Petronio
Founder, Stephen Petronio Company
CAN A DARING DANCE REVEAL A DARING TRUTH?

Basil Twist
Professional Puppeteer
IF ART IMITATES LIFE, WHAT DOES LIFE IMITATE?

What are the Great Challenges of health and medicine?

TEDMED will officially launch The Great Challenges Program during our April 10-13 gathering at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The Great Challenges of health and medicine are complex, persistent problems that have medical and non-medical causes, impact millions of lives, and affect the well-being of all of America. In April, the TEDMED community will discuss 50 proposed Challenges and vote to determine which 20 Challenges will be TEDMED’s focus for the coming year.

We’ll then have a year-long series of interactive webinars with our Great Challenges team leaders, exerts and visionaries with varied viewpoints on the issues. Our community will then engage in a year-long series of lively national discussions designed to generate broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of each Challenge that can set the stage for truly effective action.

We hope your vote will be included in those cast by thousands of people around the country — at TEDMED 2012, TEDMEDLive locations, and online at www.TEDMED.com — to weigh in on the nation’s greatest challenges to health and medicine. Votes will be collected and counted during the conference dates, April 10-13, 2012. We’ll be in touch with details. In the meantime, click here to learn more about the Great Challenges Program and the proposed 50 Challenges.

TEDMED fan favorites

David Blaine at TEDMED 2009

What are TEDMED’s all-time most popular videos? The most awe-inspiring, creative, stunning, funniest? The hottest science and most magnetic personalities? As we gear up for TEDMED 2012, have a gander at some of our greatest hits from prior years (search by Most Popular). Kicking it off: David Blaine talks about holding his breath for 17 minutes at TEDMED 2009.

Five new speakers for TEDMED 2012

Cookie Monster will speak at TEDMED 2012.

Presenting five more speakers who will join us at The Kennedy Center this April — each with as compelling a personality as his or her viewpoint on health and medicine.  And we’re not finished – more to come next week!

Bryan Stevenson

Public-Interest Lawyer

IS IT HEALTHY FOR AMERICA’S IDENTITY TO KEEP OUR EYES CLOSED?

Howard Shapiro

Global Director of Plant Science and External Research, Mars Incorporated

WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE?

Cookie Monster

“Om nom nom nom”

WHEN IS “C” NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME?

Lisa Nilsson

Visual Artist

ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW SLICE OF REALITY?

Robert Gupta

Professional Violinist

DOES BEAUTY HAVE THE POWER TO HEAL?

Jay Walker: There’s no such thing as too much tech

Jay Walker with inventor Dean Kamen at TEDMED 2011.

Is it possible to be too plugged in to technology? In another of Discovery.com’s Curiosity series, TEDMED curator, innovator and entrepreneur Jay Walker takes the long view about what human history has to say about rapid new tech uptake — and what we should be worrying about instead.

Jay Walker’s Library of Human Imagination

The Library of Human Imagination

Fun Friday brain fodder:  TEDMED’s curator, Jay Walker, talks to Discovery.com in the  ”Curiosity” video series about the origins of his fantastical collection of some of mankind’s greatest innovations, the Library of Human Imagination.  The Library celebrates humanity’s grand adventure of discovery, learning, and creativity, with objects from an original 1957 Sputnik to a 1699 atlas containing the first maps to show the sun, not the earth, as the center of the known universe.  ”This map, by far the most important map in history, divides the Age of Faith from the Age of Reason,” Jay says.

New 2012 speakers added to roster

More astounding thinkers on their way to The Kennedy Center Opera House stage this April: A

Jay Walker interviews Michael Graves at TEDMED 2011.

space-systems engineer on how robots could help even you be a surgeon; a biologist on how cancer evolves (bad) and a zoologist on how sex evolves (good). A storied designer unveiling a graphic “sicktionary.” A renowned storyteller on how one community saved him, and a doc known for seeing the big picture on how communities save us all.  Plus, a Song-a-Day to wrap it all up.  Follow the links for details and bios.

 

Diane Kelly

Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

WHEN IS RESEARCH AN EXERCISE IN FERTILITY?

Mary “Missy” Cummings

Director of the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory

CAN A “COMPUTER CO-PILOT” HELP ANYONE BE A SURGEON?

Franziska Michor

Associate Professor of Computational Biology, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

WHEN DOES 2+2= LIFE?

Mark Hyman

Author, Chairman of the Institute of Functional Medicine

IF WE CAN’T CURE THE PATIENT, CAN THE COMMUNITY DO IT?

Ed Gavagan

Owner, PraxisNYC

HOW DID A GREAT MEDICAL TEAM PULL ME BACK FROM THE BRINK?

Teresa Monachino

Author and Founder of Studio Monachino

IF HEALTHCARE IS REALLY SICK CARE, DO I NEED A “SICKTIONARY”?

Jonathan Mann

Singer/Songwriter

WHAT ARE 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR DOCTOR…STUMPED?

 

Apply for TEDMED Live simulcast now

TEDMED 2012 is taking place in Washington, DC, April 10-13 — but you can watch even if you’re not there. Live simulcasting enables tens of thousands of passionate thinkers and doers, in the health and medicine community nationwide, to experience TEDMED remotely. Every session. Every speaker. Every performer.

TEDMEDLive is a fantastic opportunity to host a gathering and stage your own conversations about the future of health and medicine.

TEDMEDLive participants will not just be passive viewers; they will be active TEDMED community members, able to electronically send questions to speakers in real-time…which the speakers may answer directly from the TEDMED stage.

TEDMED supplies a full schedule of all speakers, sessions, and breaks a few weeks before to help you get the most out of hosting the simulcast — and it’s all free!

Apply now to sign up your school or organization.