Five TEDMED 2012 speakers announced today

Five new folks are joining our stellar lineup for this April. They are:

Frances Arnold
Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology
Why should we engineer for uncertainty?

Elizabeth Bonker and Virginia Breen

Elizabeth Bonker with Virginia Breen
Author, Poet, Aspiring Doctor
When you finally find your voice, what do you most want to say?

Ivan Oransky
Executive Editor of Reuters Health
Is the “disease model” sick – or just exhausted?

Seth Cooper
Creative Director, Center for Game Science, University of Washington
Why is my joystick smarter than your stethoscope?


Ben Goldacre
Best-selling author, broadcaster
Where’s the rest of the data iceberg?

More to come soon!

Jay Walker to speak at Social Media Week

Jay Walker at TEDMED 2011.
On February 16, TEDMED chairman and curator Jay Walker will talk at Social Media Week in New York, on a topic critical to our personal health: Why do we not always do what’s best for us?

Over our lifetimes, every American makes millions of “micro-choices” that impact our health, from having that second cup of coffee (or not) to which doctor’s advice to follow. Unfortunately, our collective choices are making many of us sicker and driving our healthcare system toward bankruptcy.

How can we all make better health decisions that lead to better outcomes? It turns out that we all have “mental models” in our heads that guide our decision-making processes, often unconsciously. Unfortunately, many of our mental models are just plain dysfunctional.

Jay will talk about how Americans can effortlessly develop better mental models, for our own health and that of the country.

Click here for more info. We hope to see you there!

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 ( and TEDMED 2011 speaker Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti ( We’ll also be releasing the video of Stamets at TEDMED in the next few weeks. Enjoy!