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?

TEDMED fan favorites

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.

Peter Diamandis’s new book, Abundance, says tech will help support humanity’s billions

TEDMED 2012 speaker and X PRIZE founder Peter Diamandis has published a new book, “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think,”written with science writer Steven Kotler. “Abundance” documents how progress in artificial intelligence, robotics, infinite computing, ubiquitous broadband networks, digital manufacturing, nanomaterials, synthetic biology, and other exponentially growing technologies will enable us to make greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous two hundred years, say the authors, allowing humanity to solve some of our most vexing issues and to have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet.

We’ll be posting Peter’s TEDMED 2012 talk tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Announcing nine more 2012 speakers

Our latest additions to the 2012 speaker lineup will offer a truly panoramic view of health and medicine today and far, far into the future. Through these amazing folks, we’ll have a peek at the wonders of human biology; understand the intricacies of surgery, robotics and neuroprosthetics; hear about novel, visionary tactics aimed at conquering public health challenges like aging, cancer, and tobacco use; and assess the very way we go about knowledge-sharing in the U.S.

Catching Up: Aimee Mullins, TEDMED 2009 speaker

From time to time on our blog, we’ll check in with our speakers from prior years to document their further adventures and contributions. We were excited to hear that TEDMED 2009 speaker Aimee Mullins was recently named Global Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. In this role, she continues to exemplify the message she delivered to the audience in 2009: the word “disabled” needs to be re-thought. Watch her powerful talk.

Diana Nyad on drinking the Kool-Aid that is TEDMED

Our favorite extreme-dream endurance swimmer, inspiration, and all-around dynamo, Diana Nyad, wrote a wonderful piece for HuffPost about her talk at TEDMED 2011.

In it, she says:

I’ve been a public speaker for 35 years now but hit the Mt. Everest of conferences when I spoke for the TEDMED group this past October. The concept is 50 speakers — the most forward-thinking mavericks on our planet. Each one gets only 15 minutes. Each one is unique, powerful and leaves your mind significantly expanded.

Fun with fungi

For a bit of Friday fun, watch this film on the magic of mushrooms, which may play a role in understanding human consciousness and in sustaining our planet.This is the first in a collaboration of TED speaker Louie Schwartzberg of Blacklight films (Movingart.tv) and TEDMED 2011 speaker Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti (fungi.com). We’ll also be releasing the video of Stamets at TEDMED in the next few weeks. Enjoy!