D.C. schoolkids to attend TEDMED

Part of TEDMED’s mission is to share ideas among as many people as possible – particularly when it comes to nurturing young people’s imaginations. To that end, TEDMED has invited 25 local high school students, along with their principal, to be special guests at TEDMED’s final session on Friday morning.

The Academies at Anacostia – also known as Anacostia Senior High School – is a D.C. public high school looking to turn around decades of extremely low test scores.  Towards that goal, school officials partnered with Friendship Public Charter Schools and closed it for a summer-long revamp, after which Anacostia re-opened in 2009 with  a renewed mission, more than 30 first-year teachers, and many new programs.

The special student guests on Friday were chosen for their accomplishments.  The group includes:

*Seven students training to be EMT’s in Anacostia’s Allied Health career program

*One student who is a member of the local Red Cross Club

*Anacostia’s FIRST Robotics team, AnaDroidz, which recently competed against 64 other teams from 10 states and Puerto Rico in the D.C. regional competition

*Other students nominated by their teachers because of their excellent grades, behavior, maturity, and interest in learning.

Congratulations to the Anacostia students.  We’ll see you Friday at TEDMED!

What to watch for at TEDMED 2012

TEDMED 2012 speaker E.O. Wilson as interpreted by artist Hanoch Piven.

It’s almost here: More than 1,500 Delegates from hundreds of diverse medical and non-medical disciplines. Seventy-plus speakers and performers, brilliant innovators all.

TEDMED 2012 begins Tuesday at 5 p.m. on the Opera House stage at the Kennedy Center — and remotely for some 50,000 TEDMEDLive participants from medical schools, non-profits, government agencies and other organizations across the nation.  We’re anticipating three-and-a-half eye-opening, mind-blowing days.

Headline speakers include Otis Brawley/American Cancer Society; Larry Brilliant/Skoll Global Threats Fund; Dr. Lynda Chin/MD Anderson Cancer Center; Francis Collins/NIH; Katie Couric/Stand Up To Cancer & ABC News; Thomas Frieden/CDC; John Hoffman/HBO Documentary Films; Peggy Hamburg/FDA; Billie Jean King/Health and Social Justice Advocate; Gail McGovern/American Red Cross; Gabby Reece/Women’s Health Advocate; and renowned biologist E.O. Wilson.

The Great Challenges: In this inaugural year of the Great Challenges Program, the TEDMED 2012 Delegates and TEDMEDLive viewers will vote on the 20 most complex and pressing challenges facing health and medicine to achieve the multi-disciplinary understanding critical to tackling them. We’ll explore these throughout the following year via TV-style interviews with leaders from across fields, a series of webinars on each of the 20 Great Challenges, and the opportunity for TEDMED community members to add their voice throughout.

Other cool goings-on: Patient advocate and artist Regina Holliday will be painting and blogging on the scene, and visual learning experts Alphachimp Studio will graphically scribe the event (follow them at #TEDMEDScribe). TEDMED’s corporate partners will have interactive social spaces where Delegates can explore cutting-edge advances and issues. And the Innovations Bar will unveil new medtech like Cleveland HeartLab’s new “It” inflammation biomarker test.

Looking to attend TEDMED Live? Find a participating location here.

Calling one and all: Join us by following events online. We’ll be posting updates regularly on Twitter @TEDMED, #TEDMEDLive, #TEDMEDChallenges, on Facebook and here on our blog. We’ll also be posting links to coverage from leading blogs and sites throughout the following days.

Up to the Challenge?

Almost 600: Number of health goals set out by Healthy People 2020, a national health improvement agenda from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More than 900: Number of diseases and conditions listed in the National Library of Medicine’s MedLinePlus database.

More than 12,000: Number of disease categories distinguished by the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases.

So… where do we start? It’s up to you.

At TEDMED 2012, we officially launch the Great Challenges Program, an effort to gather multi-disciplinary perspectives and ideas from health innovation leaders on 50 of the most persistent and complex issues facing health and medicine today.

Over the course of the conference, together we’ll narrow those 50 greatest challenges to 20 that are most critical to tackle in the coming year. All of the 1,200 TEDMED Delegates onsite at the Kennedy Center, along with as many as 50,000 offsite viewers participating via a remote simulcast called TEDMEDLive, will have the opportunity to cast their votes. We’ll announce the top 20 on Thursday evening from the Opera House stage.

Take the chance now to start reviewing the Great Challenges and make sure your voice is heard during the voting process next week.

Once we have our 20 great challenges, it’s time to give them a closer look. Throughout the year following TEDMED 2012, the Great Challenges Program will generate a lively national dialog on the 20 Challenges chosen by the TEDMED community. The program will include TV-style interviews with leaders from across fields, a series of webinars on each of the 20 Great Challenges, and the opportunity for TEDMED community members to add their voice.

Stay tuned for more here and at #TEDMEDChallenges on Twitter, as we highlight Great Challenges throughout the week.

Get ready for TEDMEDLive!

Wordle of TEDMED Talk Topics by 2012 Speaker Jonathan Eisen
TEDMED 2012 will be simulcast to an estimated 50,000 viewers in 52 states across America, in 300 auditoriums and 1500 clinics and healthcare locations. Participants include teaching hospitals, medical schools, research institutions, university life science departments, state and federal government agencies, health-oriented corporations and non-profits.

If you’re not hooked in yet, check out a map of participating locations here.

If you’re already attending a TEDMEDLive broadcast, please note that we’ll be releasing a speaker schedule next Tuesday on TEDMEDConnect, an iOS/Android app. We’ll also have a web-based version.

If you’re hosting, the next system test will be on Monday, April 9th. TEDMEDLive participants can test their connection (with a live stream directly from the Kennedy Center) between 3pm – 4pm EST OR 8pm – 9pm EST. We will be providing a link to the testing site and log-in information to everyone soon.

Last-minute tech questions? See our FAQs.

And be sure to join the conversation on Twitter at #TEDMEDLive. Let us know what’s happening at your locale!

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

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.