TEDMED Themes: Nine Parts of Imagination

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 9.38.20 PMAs TEDMED convenes its first ever dual-location event September 10-12, speakers will lead Delegates in exploring nine overarching themes with the ultimate goal of unlocking imagination, both individually and collectively, to address the toughest conundrums and most exciting innovations happening today.

Session One: Turn It Upside Down

What lies beneath the obvious? What could we be doing better, if only we looked more closely or from a completely different angle? Speakers will address insights that flip beliefs and question standard operating procedures in health and medicine.

Speaking and performing for this session will be:

Erica Frank, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the School of Population and Public Health, and the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia

Farah Siraj, Jordanian singer and songwriter

Elliot Swart, co-founder and CTO of 3Derm Systems

Jared Heyman, founder of CrowdMed

Sonia Shah, investigative science journalist and historian

NANDA, acrobaticalists

Ted Kaptchuk, Director of Harvard Medical School’s Program in Placebo Studies and Therapeutic Encounter

E. Bimla Schwarz, women’s health expert and scholar of evidence-based data

Danielle Ofri, attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine

Thomas Goetz, health journalist, science writer, and entrepreneur

Heather Raffo, actress, playwright, and librettist

Session Two: We Just Don’t Know

This session celebrates science’s eternal quest to understand as much as we can about the workings of the universe, while realizing that the more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. The speakers in this session illuminate the thrill of even incremental discoveries and the wonder of exploring new terrain.  They are:

Daniel Webster, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Rosie King, Emmy Award-winning spokesperson and educator

Elizabeth Nabel, President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ben Folds, leader of the rock band Ben Folds Five

Gary Conkright, CEO of PhysIQ

Amy McGuire, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine

Tig Notaro, stand-up comic

Jeffrey Iliff, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University

Applications are open to join TEDMED 2014 in San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC. To apply, click here.