Announcing TEDMED 2016 Speakers: Fringe

Too often, our mental constructs and perceived limitations hinder our search for inspiration. What if the outer edges of human experience could provide solutions to everyday challenges?

This November at TEDMED 2016, speakers in a session called Fringe will explore the edges of scientific study to discover new insights from topics such as sexual deviance, extreme altruism, artistic patients, and wild adventures. They are:

Elizabeth Letourneau
Sexual Abuse Preventionist

What if we designed effective prevention programs for pedophiles before they acted out on their inappropriate desires?

Jennifer Pluznick
Sensory Receptor Hunter

What if your smell and taste receptors played a more vital role in your body than the enjoyment of food?

Larissa MacFarqhar
Human Character Investigator

What if we all felt obliged to help everyone we could?

Sarah Outen

Global DIY Adventurer
What if you could circle the earth on your own power?

Sujey Morgan
Facial Sculptor

What if modern visualization and manufacturing tools could help create better and more affordable prosthetics, including replacement faces?

Ted Meyer
Artistic Patient Advocate

What if health providers could gain a more complete understanding of their patients through art?

Early next week, we will announce the speakers we have planned for our Social+Science session. Stay tuned by signing up for our newsletter, and subscribing to the TEDMED blog. Register here to join us in Palm Springs, CA, at TEDMED 2016.

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:

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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?

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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?

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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!