TEDMED 2020 Meetups

TEDMED Meetups, uniquely designed conversations, engage the entire TEDMED community to share their individual perspectives and voices to help improve humanity’s health. Read on to view some of the details of these captivating conversations taking place at TEDMED 2020.

Meetup 1
Tuesday, March 3rd, 8:00 am- 8:45 am

Climate and Culture, A Health Equity Conversation
Hosted by RWJF and facilitated by Malik Yakini, an RWJF Health Equity Expert
Speakers: Cheryl Holder, Jyoti Sharma, and Thijs Biersteker
Description: When we consider human health, we must consider climate health. Whether it is the impact the climate has on the social determinants of our health, the depletion of essential resources like water caused by a changing climate, or how we can harness art to better connect ourselves to our environment, each Speaker in this Meetup has a unique understanding of our connection to climate and its impact on our health. Facilitated by Malik Yakinin, a leader of the movement to bring great equity to the global food system, this Meetup will explore how climate shapes our culture and impacts our health.

The Good Life
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated by Lucy Kalanithi, TEDMED EAB Member and TEDMED 2016 Speaker
Speakers: Kevin Toolis and Louise Aronson
Description: It’s one of the oldest philosophical questions: What is the good life? As we confront aging bodies and our own mortality, how do we embrace the beauty and dynamism of our lives in ways that enhance and expand our health and wellbeing? Hosted by former TEDMED Speaker and Stanford Medicine internist, Lucy Kalanithi, this Meetup will explore how reframing the stages of elderhood and embracing death as part of life can help us cultivate the good life.

The Future of Health
Hosted by Deloitte and facilitated by Jennifer Radin, Life Sciences & Health Care Principal at Deloitte
Speakers: Anupam B. Jena, Michel Maharbiz, and Suchi Saria
Description: Data is all around us and within us. With progressive innovation comes new insights to advance health and medicine. This Meetup will explore how natural experiments can reveal important phenomena in our everyday lives, how tiny ultrasound activated implants can provide real-time information about our physiology, and how machine learning is saving lives in our medical system. Led by Deloitte, this Meetup allows us to wonder what the future of health will look like.

Compassionate Care
Hosted by Astellas Oncology and facilitated by Shontelle Dodson, Senior Vice President for Health Systems at Astellas
Speakers: Lisa Sanders and Shekinah Elmore
Description: When faced with a difficult diagnosis or living with a serious illness, we must often manage a great deal of uncertainty. Whether it is helping to find a diagnosis or guiding us through the uncertainty of an unexpected health concern, health care providers and caregivers play an integral role in ensuring that patients can find fulfillment even in their most uncertain moments. Shontelle Dodson, a health systems leader at Astellas, will guide this discussion about the importance of infusing more compassion into care.

Meetup 2
Tuesday, March 3rd, 11:15 am- 12:00 pm

A Culture of Health, A Health Equity Conversation
Hosted by RWJF and facilitated by Aletha Maybank, an RWJF Health Equity Expert
Speakers: Joseph Shin, Sandro Galea, and Wanda Irving
Description: How do we create a culture of health in asylum settings and within systems teeming with racism? How do we create a culture that breeds love and not hate? How do we cultivate a culture of inclusivity and equity in healthcare? Aletha Maybank, the American Medical Association’s first Chief Health Equity Officer, will lead this conversation about bringing to light the darkest parts of our society in order to ensure that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Personalizing Digital Health
Hosted by Abbott and facilitated by Toni Nosbush, DVP of Global Product Development at Abbott
Hive Innovators: Claire Novorol of Ada Health; Leah Sparks of Wildflower Health; and, Jon Bloom of Podimetrics
Description: Today’s technology allows healthcare to be personalized like never before. In this Innovator Meetup, conversation will center around the trend in digital health that creates space for tailored health experiences. While these Innovators’ have varied focuses – ranging from family planning, to patient centered care coordination, and diabetic foot ulcers – the common thread is their focus on effective, reliable, and personalized care experiences. Guided by Toni Nosbush, a leader in global product development at Abbott, this Meetup will explore how better communication between doctor and patient, facilitated by personalized health tools, patients can receive tailored care to become and stay healthy.

New Age Diagnostics
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated by Laura Indolfi, TEDMED 2016 Hive Innovator
Hive Innovators: Andy Beck of PathAI; Gabe Kwong of Glympse Bio; Niamh O’Hara of Biotia; William Dunbar of Ontera
Description: In this Hive Innovator Meetup, you will have the chance to learn about cutting edge life science innovation. With today’s scientific advancements, new diagnostic models have emerged to detect and intercept disease faster than ever. With AI-powered pathology and diagnostics, a closer look at the epigenome, and miniaturized biological sensors, these Innovators are reimagining disease diagnostics. Their technology will shape a future in which illness can be identified accurately, quickly, and reliably every time. TEDMED 2016 Hive Innovator Laura Indolfi will lead this conversation about the possibilities of new age diagnostics.

New Models of Mental Health Care
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated Pat Salber, TEDMED Community Member
Hive Innovators: April Koh of Spring Health; Peter Hames of Big Health; Paula Searcy of Sana Health
Description: Understanding mental health care has become an important theme of our time. With a steady rise in the prevalence of mental health conditions, we must leverage new tools and approaches to keep people healthy. In this Meetup, Innovators will discuss varying models of care that work to improve mental health. You will learn about medical devices, digital health products, and systems level tools that leverage new technology to improve mental health conditions like PTSD, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and more. Pat Salber, Editor-in-Chief of The Doctor Weighs In, will facilitate this Meetup about the potential of new models of mental health care to lead to personalized, tailored, and effective care we have not seen before.

Meetup 3
Tuesday, March 3rd, 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

A Just World
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated by Pam Belluck, TEDMED EAB Member
Speakers: Homer Venters, Laurie Hallmark, and Yasmin Hurd
Description: From combating the opioid epidemic with nontraditional solutions, to transforming legal representation and advocacy for people with serious mental illness, to restoring health justice for incarcerated individuals, the Speakers in this Meetup are improving health for some of society’s most vulnerable populations. Pam Belluck, Pulitzer Prize winning science writer for The New York Times, will facilitate this discussion about what it means to create a fair and just world.

Health Techquity, A Health Equity Conversation
Hosted by RWJF and facilitated by Margaret Laws, an RWJF Health Equity Expert
Hive Innovators: Kevin Quennesson of Braid.Health; Mercy Asiedu of Calla Health; Taylor Justice of Unite US
Description: “Techquity” describes the use of technology to create a more equitable world. In this Meetup, Innovators will share how they are making healthcare more accessible and equitable by leveraging new-age technology. From a medical device that empowers women to understand their cervical health, to a platform connecting vulnerable populations to social service providers, and an AI-powered tool that makes radiology accessible to all people, these Innovators are using technology to fill major gaps in today’s healthcare system. Margaret Laws, an RWJF TEDMED 2020 Health Equity Expert and head of HopeLab, will facilitate this conversation about how ‘techquity’ can help health become more equitable, faster.

The Power of Medical Knowledge
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated by Jeff Karp, TEDMED EAB Member; TEDMED 2014 Speaker
Hive Innovators: Andrew Le of Buoy; Jane van Dis of Maven; Sunny Williams of Tiny Docs
Description: Should medical knowledge be reserved for trained professionals, or can it lie with patients and communities? The Innovators in this Meetup will speak to the importance of empowering patients with medical knowledge that is accurate, reliable, and tailored to their unique needs. TEDMED 2014 Speaker Jeff Karp will lead this conversation examining how medical knowledge can be delivered in various forms–telemedicine, virtual communities, AI-powered assistants, or even “caretoons” — all while serving the tailored needs women, children, underserved populations, or your average health consumer.

Mapping Human Health
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated by Zen Chu, TEDMED Community Member
Hive Innovators: Andy Blackwell of Eight Billion Minds; Katharine Grabek of Fauna Bio; Nancy Yu of RDMD; Ted Schenkelberg of Human Vaccines Project
Description: With the rise of technology, we have the opportunity to capture health data like never before. In this Meetup, Innovators will demonstrate the ways in which data can be mapped, across conditions, to better understand, analyze, and reimagine human health. Zen Chu of MIT’s Hacking Medicine Initiative will lead this Meetups about mapping trends around mental health, immunity, rare diseases, or even animal genomics, and what it means for the future of data and human health.

Meetup 4
Tuesday, March 3rd, 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Youth and Truth, A Health Equity Conversation
Hosted by RWJF and facilitated by Kellan Baker, an RWJF Health Equity Expert
Speakers: Anne Marie Albanno, Cheryl King, Francis X. Shen
Description: Dealing with anxiety, mood disorders, developing brains, sexuality, and social pressures is just one aspect of the challenges that come with the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. How can we better understand the developing brain in order to ensure that all individuals receive access to the treatment and care they require? Facilitated by Kellan Baker, a leading researcher of how reshaping socioeconomic and political determinants of health can create greater health equity for transgender populations and other marginalized groups, this Meetup will focus on how we as a society can best support our young adults.

Meaning Making and Memory
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated by Kafui Dzirasa, TEDMED EAB Member and TEDMED 2017 Speaker
Speakers: Anne Basting, Beatie Wolfe, Frederick Streeter Barrett
Description: French philosopher, Rene Descartes’ famous words “I think, therefore I am” is a powerful statement about a sense of awareness within ourselves. In this Meetup, we explore our brain as a dynamic and complex organ by evaluating creative stimuli that lead to surprising reactions in patients with cognitive impairments and by understanding mind altering experiences that allow us to grow and to heal. Led by former TEDMED Speaker, Kafui Dzirasa, this Meetup challenges us to consider the meaning of life when memories fade.

The Social Side of Health
Hosted by Humana and facilitated by William Shrank, Chief Medical and Corporate Affairs Officer at Humana
Speakers: Cheryl Holder and Jonathan Gruber
Description: Health, as we know, is more than just medical. Our health is impacted by economics, the healthcare system, the environment, and our social surroundings. Whether it’s understanding the impact of a changing climate on population health or structuring our health systems to make healthcare better and more accessible, how we think about the social side of healthcare matters. Humana’s Chief Medical and Corporate Affairs Officer, William Shrank, will guide this discussion.

Trust in Medicine
Hosted by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) and facilitated by USP’s CEO Ron Piervincenzi
Speakers: Heidi Larson, Katherine Eban, and Ralph Nader
Description: We all deserve medicines that we can trust, but globally, many lack access to high-quality medicines and the health impacts can be detrimental. In this Meetup, hear from TEDMED Speakers who are examining the conditions in which low-cost generic medicine are made, are advocating for consumer rights to help ensure we have access to safe medicines, and are working to restore the public’s trust in the vaccines that help keep us safe. Facilitated by Ron Piervincenzi, the CEO of the U.S. Pharmacopeia, this conversation will dive into how leading thinkers and doers are working to build and maintain trust in medicine.

Meetup 5
Wednesday, March 4th, 8:00 am – 8:45 am

Infectious Disease and Innovation
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated by Celine Gounder, TEDMED EAB Member
Speakers: Heidi Larson, Leor Weinberger, and Matt Hepburn
Description: What does it take to fight disease and are we prepared for the next pandemic? Infectious disease specialist and TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board member Celine Gounder will lead this Meetup conversation examining the systems necessary to address pandemic threats – from global vaccine uptake to the development of novel therapies to deprive infectious disease.

Novel Approaches to Big Problems, A Health Equity Conversation
Hosted by RWJF and facilitated by Aletha Maybank, an RWJF Health Equity Expert
Speakers: Cheryl King, Francis X. Shen, and Thomas Abt
Description: Big problems require big solutions. The speakers in this Meetup are developing and implementing big, novel solutions to some of society’s most serious issues. From curbing the rising rates of teen suicide, to fighting for justice in the legal system, to reducing urban violence, these individuals are committed to saving the lives of some of our most vulnerable populations. Aletha Maybank, the AMA’s Chief Health Equity Office, will guide the conversation and help us to understand how equity plays a key role in finding solutions to these issues.

A Vision for a Healthier Future
Hosted by Geisinger and facilitated by Geisinger Leadership
Speakers: Fred Moll, Gokul Upadhyayula, and Suchi Saria
Description: We live in a world where robotics, bioimaging, and machine learning are becoming increasingly common terms. This Meetup will explore the possibilities of constantly emerging technologies with capabilities to transform healthcare tools as we currently know them. Geisinger will lead this Meetup discussion about the role of technology in creating a healthier future.

Science and Storytelling
Hosted by the TEDMED Community and facilitated by Nadja Oertelt, TEDMED EAB Member and TEDMED 2017 Hive Innovator
Speakers: Amit Choudhary, Michel Maharbiz, Zuberoa Marcos
Description: Whether it’s conveying the nuances and implications of a tool as powerful as CRISPR, understanding molecular and physiological states, or harnessing the power of storytelling in presenting scientific advances to keep the world moving forward, how we tell the story of science is integral to reaching and inspiring a broad audience and making the impact needed to shape a healthier humanity. Nadja Oertelt, TEDMED 2017 Hive Innovator and Co-Founder of Massive Science, facilitates this conversation about science and storytelling.

TEDMED 2020 Hive Innovator Happenings

There are plenty of ways to engage with our TEDMED 2020 class of Hive Innovators. Whether in a Hive Innovator Meetup, the Community Lunch, where we will have the opportunity to explore the Innovator’s “What If” questions, or through TEDMED Scout: Your AR Guide to Innovation. This year, the Hive Innovator experience is powered by our partner TBWA\WorldHealth.

Innovator Meetups

At TEDMED 2020, the Hive Innovators will participate in curated meetup discussions around a topic that aligns to their work. Innovator Meetups are open to everyone in the TEDMED Community onsite and are an exciting opportunity to learn more about the Hive Innovators and the work they do to shape a healthier humanity. This year’s Hive Innovator Meetup topics include: New Age Diagnostics, Personalizing Digital Health, New Models of Mental Health Care, Mapping Human Health, The Power of Medical Knowledge, and Health Techquity.

Community Lunch: Celebrating Innovation with the Hive Innovators and the TEDMED Community

Delegates are invited to join the Hive Innovators and the larger TEDMED Community members for a lunch inspired by innovation. Get to know the Hive Innovators by joining them for lunch at the tables marked with their “What If?” Questions.

TEDMED Scout: Your AR Guide to Innovation

Embracing this year’s theme, “Make Way for Wonder”, TEDMED joined forces with TBWA\WorldHealth to curate an experience that celebrates innovation and unlocks our sense of wonder. Throughout the event, Delegates can unlock an Augmented Reality experience, we are calling TEDMED Scout: Your AR Guide to Innovation, with their phones to get a closer look at the ideas each innovator represents. And, a virtual concierge will guide onsite networking connections between Innovators and our community like never before. After the event, the experience will live on digitally, giving anyone in the world access to the 2020 TEDMED Hive Innovators and the amazing ideas they are working to make a reality.

Register today to join us onsite in Boston and experience TEDMED 2020 in person!

Meet the Session Hosts!

As TEDMED 2020 nears we are excited to announce our 2020 Session Hosts. Playing an integral role at TEDMED, our Session Hosts guide us through our amazing Stage Program, helping to connect the themes and ideas shared by our Speakers throughout the program. In addition to their work on Stage at TEDMED, all of our Session Hosts generously give their time and expertise as members of our Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) working to shape the program itself.

In the coming weeks we will be sharing some details about the ways in which our Speakers, Innovators, Partners and Delegates come together beyond the Stage, to share their voices in curated conversations and meetups hosted onsite soon. If you haven’t registered there is still time to join us and be a part of the onsite community at TEDMED 2020.

TEDMED 2020 Sessions Announced

Inspiring a healthier humanity requires us to push ourselves forward to drive progress while reflecting on the astonishing accomplishments we have achieved. At TEDMED 2020, we will connect with an invisible force that has been propelling humanity forward for millennia—wonder. To experience wonder is to experience the power and possibilities that lay beneath the surface waiting to be discovered.

As our 2020 Stage Program and community conversations evolved, we began to see the power of wonder at work. From the great wisdom that can be found in wonder to the duality of wonders of the human mind, wonder is abound at TEDMED 2020. As such, we are pleased to share our five 2020 Sessions with you:

Our 2020 Editorial Advisory Board and Research Scholars have been deeply involved in shaping our stage program and on-site conversations. As our community always does, they generously gave their time, expertise, and wisdom to craft this year’s experience. We hope you’ll join us March 2-4 as we make way for wonder in Boston, MA. If you’re as inspired by these Speakers and Sessions are we are there is still time to be a part of this passionate community. Be sure to register and secure your spot at TEDMED 2020!

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing more details about the event. To stay informed sign up for our newsletter and subscribe to the TEDMED blog.

Introducing The Hive 2020!

We are happy to announce the TEDMED 2020 Hive Program, which will feature inspiring entrepreneurs and their organizations.

As always, this year’s Hive class is made of Innovators representing early- to mid-stage organizations across 6 categories: 1) Life Sciences & Therapeutics 2) Med-Tech & Med-Device 3) Mobile & Digital Health 4) Health Systems, Care Delivery, and Reimbursement Models 5) Advancing Science 6) Public Health

New this year, the Innovators will be a part of an interactive onsite experience powered by TBWA\WorldHealth. Through this awe-inspiring experience that invokes wonder, Delegates have the opportunity to explore the power of asking “What if?” in fields from AI-driven mental health care, to novel drug discovery and development, to new models of human and animal genomics, and much more.

We hope you’ll join The Hive Innovators and the rest of our impressive Delegation in Boston, MA from March 2–4 for TEDMED 2020. If you have not signed up yet, register today.

This year’s Innovators were carefully selected from hundreds of organizations doing groundbreaking work in health and medicine. If you’d like to nominate an organization for next year’s Hive you can do so here.

The United States Pharmacopeia: 200 Years of Building Trust in Medicine

The TEDMED 2020 theme is Make Way For Wonder, and we are looking forward to convening our Community and embracing the wonders of our times, the astonishing accomplishments, incredible possibilities, and extraordinary potential for the future. So, we were thrilled when the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) decided to celebrate its 200th Anniversary with TEDMED. After all, today’s wonders are built upon a strong foundation of scientific discovery. And, humanity is especially eager for those innovations that will help people everywhere live longer and healthier lives. In anticipation of USP’s presence at TEDMED in March, we talked with Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., chief executive officer, about the organization’s history, its current work, and its approach to building trust in the future of medicine, supplements, and foods.

TEDMED: We’re excited to have you and USP join the TEDMED Community, especially on the occasion of such a monumental milestone – USP’s 200th anniversary.

Ronald T. Piervincenzi: Thank you. I’m thrilled to introduce USP to TEDMED’s audience and look forward to meeting attendees in Boston in March.

TM: What made you choose TEDMED to celebrate this milestone anniversary?

RP: Today, we are observing an unprecedented transformation in healthcare. USP’s 200-year legacy is built on trust and confidence in healthcare systems and anticipating and responding to emerging health challenges. Our founders joined together in 1820 to protect patients from a prevalence of poor-quality medical products. The backdrop today is different in scale, geography, modalities and many other factors. But the value of our work is the same. We are exploring how to build trust in future medical breakthroughs. There are many in the TEDMED community we can learn from and engage with as we imagine what the future holds.

TM: That’s exactly what TEDMED is all about! Let’s dive in. What is a pharmacopeia and what does USP do?

RP: Simply put a pharmacopeia is an official publication that includes a list of medicinal drugs and contains how those medicines are to be prepared, directions for their use, and assays to assess medicinal quality. The United States Pharmacopeia–National Formulary, which USP publishes, is the official quality standard for medicines marketed in the U.S. It is also used in over 140 other countries. USP is the leading independent scientific nonprofit organization that collaborates with the world’s top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. Through our standards, advocacy and capability building, USP helps increase the availability of quality medicines, supplements and food for billions of people worldwide. As the world gets smaller and more connected, quality issues affect everyone. Diseases travel. Drug resistance grows. Fake medicines kill. The foundation of quality we’re building helps address these and other global health challenges. Whether decreasing the prevalence of substandard and poor-quality medicines or helping to curb antimicrobial resistance, we’re there across 10 global sites working to protect the health of people all over the world.

TM: This seems like a very modern approach to medicine. Why did the U.S. need a pharmacopeia in 1820?

RP: Today, people trust U.S. medicines to be among the safest in the world but that wasn’t always true. In 1820, the U.S. was a new country. Medicines were made individually and differently by physicians or apothecaries. There were no regulations or more importantly, standards, to ensure that what you received in one city was the same as another. A medicine’s strength, quality, and even its identity varied widely depending on where it was made. Simply put, before our founding in 1820, there was no way to ensure that what was on the medicine label was what was actually in the bottle. Our founders—11 independent, forward-looking physicians— were concerned about this lack of uniformity and acted to protect patients from poor-quality medicines. Three of our founders were not only physicians, but also U.S. Senators—they were the voice that the U.S. needed to ensure the quality of medicines Americans used. They established the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, which published the first U.S. Pharmacopeia. A great deal has changed since our founding but the importance of having quality standards for medicines and other new therapies remains—now, our work is much more global.

Image courtesy of USP

TM: This year’s TEDMED theme, “Make Way for Wonder,” explores how medicine and healthcare is changing. Is that a theme that resonates with you?

RP: Absolutely. Wonder and scientific discovery makes medical breakthroughs possible. But trust makes them popular. More than 800 independent volunteer scientists contribute their expertise to develop and approve USP’s standards. They help to build trust by setting clear quality expectations for medicines, dietary supplements, and foods. In turn, USP standards help manufacturers worldwide bring more quality and affordable products to market, which benefits people everywhere. A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that on average, drugs with a USP public quality standard had approximately 50% more generic manufacturers compared with medicines without such a standard. The study also found that quality standards helped facilitate pharmaceutical competition and reduce prescription drug costs in the U.S.

Image courtesy of USP

TM: How does a 200-year-old organization prepare for the future?

RP: New technologies and treatments—precision medicine, digital therapeutics, 3D printing, immunotherapy, gene and stem cell therapies, and artificial intelligence—have arrived or are on their way. As we prepare for dramatic breakthroughs, we must work to ensure trust and quality are established as a part of these advances. Unfortunately, trust broadly is in a precarious position across sectors. Our history has taught us that for an innovation to become a widespread reality, both quality and trust are critical to its broad acceptance. USP together with hundreds of our stakeholder organizations and partners are already working to build confidence in future breakthroughs and to anticipate and address where the gaps will be. We know that when a USP public standard is available, we help manufacturers be better able to adopt the new technology, which is often a significant cost savings. In addition to conducting workshops and roundtables on topics such as cell and gene therapies and digital therapeutics, USP is working with the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and more than 100 leaders from health and science worldwide to explore the developments and role that trust will play in shaping people’s health between now and 2040. We will explore the project’s findings from this “Trust CoLab” with the TEDMED 2020 Community.

Image courtesy of USP

TM: We’ll look forward to learning more about the Trust CoLab. Until then, what else should the TEDMED Community know about USP?

RP: I mentioned our volunteer scientists earlier. I invite TEDMED community members who are committed to making the world healthier, being scientifically rigorous, and working independently from politics or the private sector, to consider becoming a Champion of Trust. They can learn more by visiting our website or by stopping by the USP Lounge in the Social Hub at TEDMED. I also encourage everyone to also learn more about USP’s past, present and future and opportunities for other collaborations with us at www.usp.org/200.

TM: Thank you, Ron and very best wishes on the beginning of USP’s third century.

Looking Forward to TEDMED 2020 with the Editorial Advisory Board

The 2020 TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) is comprised of leading experts in fields spanning the spectrum of health and medicine. They have played an important role in helping to identify the topics, themes, Speakers and Innovators that will make up the TEDMED program this year. The members of the EAB are invaluable members of the TEDMED Community and are instrumental in shaping TEDMED 2020.

Given their unique role in helping to inform the TEDMED program, we wanted to know what they’re excited to experience at TEDMED this year and which speakers they are looking forward to meeting. Below are some of their responses – and we want to hear from you as well. Be sure to tag us in your responses on Twitter (@TEDMED), and on Facebook and Instagram (@TEDMEDcommunity).

Throughout the 2.5 days of TEDMED you will see the EAB in action, hosting Sessions, moderating Meetup Discussions, participating in Partner events, watching TEDMED Talks and enjoying the evening celebrations. If you haven’t registered yet for TEDMED 2020, join the EAB and the rest of the delegation before space runs out.


What are you most excited for at TEDMED 2020 and why?

“I’m excited for the energy and creativity that always sparkles from the TEDMED stage – and excited to see this wonderful program in its new Boston location!”-Pam Belluck, Health & Science Writer, New York Times

“As someone who grew up in ‘The Hub’, I have a ton of hometown pride and am thrilled for Boston to help forge the worldwide connections that form at TEDMED.”-Roxanne Khamsi, Independent Journalist

“Reconnecting with old colleagues and making many new friends!”- Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH, Director, High School Programming, Jed Foundation

Which TEDMED 2020 Speaker are you most looking forward to and why?

“Gokul Upadhyayula. Why?—biological sciences are in the midst of an imaging revolution and Gokul is leading the way; the machines he builds, the images he captures and the movies he creates are the very definition of wonder.”-Adam Goulburn, PhD, General Partner, Lux Capital

“Katherine Eban is one of the most amazing investigative journalists focused on medicine, the pharmaceutical industry and our modern quest for health. Her new book is fantastic — a must read for any TEDMEDer!”-Udaya Patnaik, Entrepreneur and Consultant

“Thjis Biersteker. This is the artist for our time. Combining data, technology and artistic installations to visualize the impact of climate change. Thjis proudly answers the common refrain of ‘I need to see it to believe it’ mentality. I’m so excited to see him talk about his vision, process and highlight the works he’s most proud of.”-Vanessa Ruiz, Creative Director, Wolters Kluwer Health; Founder, Street Academy

“Anne Basting—we are all aging.”-Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA and the JAMA Network


We look forward to seeing you soon in Boston, MA. If you plan on joining us, be sure to register soon!

What Does “When I Make Way For Wonder Mean to You?”

As we approach TEDMED 2020 we want to know what happens when you make way for wonder. We spent a lot of time earlier this year thinking about wonder—what it means and what creates wonder. Now we are contemplating what happens when we make way for it?


To help everyone begin to brainstorm what it means when they make way for wonder, we have compiled a few questions.

  • Have you had any transformative moments when you have taken the time to wonder?
  • What emotions or thoughts arise when you make way for wonder?
  • How has wonder impacted your work?
  • How would you describe wonder?

We also asked the members of our 2020 Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) what happens when they make way for wonder. You can see some of their answers below.

Now we want to hear from our larger TEDMED community! Tag us on Twitter (@TEDMED) and on Facebook and Instagram (TEDMEDcommunity) with your answers. Remember be creative, there is no right or wrong answer.

When I make way for wonder…

“People all over the world will benefit from better health.”- Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH, Director, High School Programming, Jed Foundation

When I make way for wonder..

“I think about if there is a way to reach consensus on health care delivery in the U.S. that works for the majority of the people.”-Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief, JAMA and The JAMA Network

When I make way for wonder…

“Discovery, innovation and progress exponentially accelerate.”-Adam Goulburn, PhD, General Partner, Lux Capital


Join us as we experience the power and possibilities that come to us when we make way for wonder this March 2-4 in Boston,MA. Register today!

Q&A with Margaret Laws & Astellas Oncology C³ Prize Winner Nanny Angel Network

TEDMED Delegate and President & CEO of Hopelab Margaret Laws lent her expertise as one of the official judges for the 2019 Astellas Oncology C³ Prize, which culminated in late October with a live pitch event awarding grants and resources to four inspiring winners. Just after C³ Prize winner Nanny Angel Network was awarded the Grand Prize, Margaret sat down with Leah Werry, a leading local champion for Nanny Angel Network, who pitched on behalf of the organization to discuss the winning idea. This interview was condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

Margaret Laws: I’m here with Leah Werry of Nanny Angel Network, a Canadian not-for-profit organization. Nanny Angel Network is the winner of the Grand Prize at today’s Astellas Oncology C³ Prize live pitch competition. Leah, would you tell us a little bit about yourself and about Nanny Angel Network?

Leah Werry: I am a volunteer and the Kingston Champion for our first branch outside of Toronto. Nanny Angel Network provides free, specialized, in-home childcare for moms who’ve been diagnosed with cancer.

ML: What is the origin story of Nanny Angel Network?

LW: Our founder, Audrey Guth, had a classic a-ha moment. She’s a mother of four and a cancer survivor. About 10 years ago, she was sitting in a waiting room for her own cancer treatment when she noticed a young mom struggling with a very fussy toddler, who was reaching up and grabbing her headscarf off her head. The mom was sitting there crying; she just couldn’t cope. Audrey started to wonder how this mom would be able to get to all of her treatments and get well for her child. That’s when Audrey realized she could do something about it, and Nanny Angel Network was born.

ML: Tell me a little bit about who the Nanny Angels are and their work with the families.

LW: Our Nanny Angels are volunteers with professional childcare experience, which gives moms peace of mind to know their kids are well cared for. These volunteers commit a minimum of six months, often a year or longer, to spend several hours a week with the family. We want to bring normalcy and consistency to these families’ lives, and so the same Nanny Angel supports a child or children throughout the mother’s cancer journey – from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, and if need be, through palliative and bereavement periods.

ML: Nanny Angel Network was the Grand Prize winner today, which means the organization took home a prize of $100,000. As you look ahead, what are some of the big milestones you anticipate, and how are you going to be taking this prize money and putting it to work?

LW: Winning means that we can accelerate our plans for the future. We’ve been developing our 10-year plan, and we’d like to open a new branch every year. We really want Nanny Angel Network to grow and help more families and more communities. Nanny Angel Network is very scalable, and we have to put building blocks in place to do that. That means investment in our backend support systems, our software programs, and building out our IT.

ML: I think the TEDMED community will have an incredible array of resources and people with ideas to help with that. It’s exciting to think about how you also might leverage the TEDMED community.

LW: Yes, it’s not just about the prize money, but about the support that we’ve been given. Winning the C³ Prize is such validation for what we’ve been doing, and it’s so motivating and inspiring. The help that the TEDMED folks have given us in this process; I just can’t believe what it’s bringing to the table for us in terms of resources.

C³ Prize Judges with the Prize Winner. From R to L: Mark Reisenauer, Senior Vice President, Oncology Business Unit, Astellas; Bill Rancic, Businessman and TV personality; Margaret Laws, TEDMED Delegate/Collaborator and President/CEO of HopeLab; Leah Werry, Nanny Angel Network; Kinston Ontario Hernâni Oliveira, The HOPE Project; 2017 C³ Prize Winner Abbie Celniker, Ph.D., Third Rock Ventures Partner

ML: For this year’s C³ Prize, there were more 240 applications from people in 15 countries, with great depth and diversity. I’m sure it was exciting for you to be competitive in such an incredible global pool.

LW: This has really opened our eyes to what’s happening in cancer care overall, to really see that people are so passionate about finding solutions to problems that are beyond the grasp of traditional medical or technological interventions. There are such opportunities for synergy here to change the cancer journey for people.

ML: As one of the judges today, it was an exciting development to see the number of people who are out there tackling really hard issues, including social support and mental and emotional well-being. We do a lot of that work at Hopelab, which I lead, and it’s validating to understand what big issues these are in the cancer journey.

LW: You’re echoing how I feel exactly. It’s been so inspirational for us to see that human connection has to be part of the approach to helping families get through their cancer journey, because when a mom is diagnosed, it is the family’s cancer journey. It was really exciting to see the ideas to help people get through that process that go beyond the traditional way we think about cancer.

ML: What’s next for Nanny Angel Network? It’s bound to be an exciting year ahead.

LW: Nanny Angel Network is very scalable. We have a plan in place up until 2030, and now with the funding and support of Astellas and TEDMED and the whole team, we can accelerate our plans, and we’ll be opening our next branches and building our capacity to help more families.

ML: Looking forward to TEDMED 2020. Thanks a lot for talking with me today, and really excited to see you as this year’s Grand Prize winner. We’ll be looking to see what’s happened between now and March. To learn more about Nanny Angel Network and the other inspiring innovators who were selected for the 2019 Astellas Oncology C³ Prize, visit the C³ Prize website or follow #C3Prize on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


This TEDMED Partner Blog Post comes to you from TEDMED 2020 Partner, Astellas. TEDMED is excited to partner with Astellas Oncology on its C³ (Changing Cancer Care) Prize, a challenge that funds the best ideas beyond medicine to improve cancer care for patients, caregivers and their loved ones. The 2019 C³ Prize winners will join us at TEDMED 2020 as TEDMED Scholars, on March 2-4, 2020, in Boston.

New TEDMED 2020 Speakers Announced

We are excited to announce yet another group of speakers who will share their thought-provoking ideas, groundbreaking discoveries and extraordinary passions with us this March 2-4 in Boston, MA. You can learn more about our TEDMED 2020 speakers and their work here.

At TEDMED 2020, be inspired by community led cervical cancer prevention efforts in Rwanda. In the face of drug resistant infections and global epidemics, learn about a novel innovation that’s changing how we fight viruses. Celebrate how a musical visionary is helping us deepen our understanding of the profound impact music can have on all of us.

Scientific inquiry and investigative reporting will come together to help us better understand the global health risks presented by the generic drug boom. We will examine the potential consequences of the rise of accessibility to genetic data and how neuroscience can inform the law and decisions made around human behavior. And, explore how physicians are addressing climate change, one of the social determinants of health and how all of us, as consumers, have a role to play in influencing decisions involving the environment and our health.

We hope to see you in Boston, MA this March 2-4 for these and many other exciting speakers and topics. If you have not registered yet, now is your chance to secure your spot at TEDMED 2020.