Announcing Speakers for TEDMED 2016: New Models

As Marcel Proust once wrote, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

What if we re-examine the way we frame health challenges, and saw them through new eyes? At TEDMED 2016, speakers in our New Models session will tackle this question and explore how novel approaches can yield effective solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. They will discuss a range of topics, including the treatment of rare diseases, homelessness, robotic vision, and mental illness with fresh paradigms.

We are delighted to announce the speakers who will take the stage in this remarkable session. They are:

CharlesChiu_WebCircleCharles Chiu
Precision Diagnostician

What if next generation sequencing could help us diagnose mysterious infectious illnesses?


Kaitlyn Hova
Synesthete Translator

What if you could hear color or taste sound?

KafuiDzirasa_WebCircle Kafui Dzirasa
Brain Engineer

What if we diagnosed and treated mental illness as a brain electrical circuit malfunction?


Lloyd Pendleton
Homelessness Vanquisher

What if we could eliminate homelessness nationwide?


Mary Spio
Innovation For Good Evangelist

What if virtual reality could improve healthcare?


Sharon Terry
Citizen Biomedical Researcher

What if people spearheaded research into their conditions?

SheilaNirenberg_WebCircleSheila Nirenberg
Visionary Neuroscientist

What if robots could process visual information the way humans do?

We’ll be announcing more TEDMED 2016 speakers later this week. Stay updated by signing up for our newsletter, and subscribing to the TEDMED blog.If you haven’t done so already, register today to join us in Palm Springs, CA for this, and six other powerful sessions at TEDMED 2016.

We hope you’ll join us!