VCU Libraries hosts TEDMED 2013 simulcast April 16-19

April 2, 2013

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences will host a live simulcast of TEDMED 2013, April 16-19, during regular library hours. The University community is invited to join colleagues to listen to this provocative series of short, inspiring talks, curated by the well-known TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference series, which began in the mid-1980s.

TEDMED focuses on health and medicine. The conference meets at the Kennedy Center in Washington, for a 31/2 day program. 

According to organizers, "TEDMED believes that the future of health and medicine will be shaped by vital input from leading medical colleges, teaching hospitals, government agencies and non-profit institutions around the world." In this spirit of collaboration and information sharing, the TEDMED event is broadcast free to these institutions. 

This is the first time VCU has participated in TEDMED Live.   

Selected highlights and topics include:
Tuesday, April 16
  • John Maeda, Rhode Island School of Design President: "How can design principles lead to more discovery and better treatment?"
  • America Bracho, CEO and President, Latino Health Acesss: "What happens when patients become leaders on the health team?"
  • Harvey Fineberg, President, Institute of Medicine: "What is the U.S. health disadvantage?"
Wednesday, April 17
  • Amy Abernathy, Director, Duke Center for Learning Health Care: "Can patient data have a second life?"
  • Sally Okun, VP Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety, PatientsLikeMe: "Does anyone in healthcare want to be understood?"
  • Francis S. Collins, NIH Director: "Can science take the next leap?"
Thursday, April 18
  • Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco: "Attention stressed-out docs: Can the consumer be the 'cavalry'that rescues you?"
  • Elizabeth Marincola, President, Society for Science and the Public: "With open access, who translates medical research?"
  • Elazer Edlman, Senior Physician, Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center: "The Big Bang in Medicine and Engineering - will the knowledge explosion actually hurt innovation across disciplines?"
Friday, April 19
  • Laura Deming, Partner, The Longevity Fund: "How do we make prevention a $1 trillion business?"
  • Isaac Kohane, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences Technology, Harvard Medical School: "How can every clinical visit be used to advance medical science?"
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