WIRED Health 2016 announces agenda
The team at WIRED have now confirmed the line-up and agenda for it’s WIRED Health 2016 event later this month, and it looks fantastic! The one-day summit on the future of health takes place on Friday 29 April and will have over 20 speakers appearing on the main stage from all walks of life. This year’s individual session themes and speakers will be:
THE THREAT OF EPIDEMICS
Jim O’Neill, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury who is leading the UK Government’s Review on Microbial Resistance. The former chief economist for Goldman Sachs is credited with coining the term BRIC economies; Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving human health, and a specialist in infectious diseases.
UNLOCKING THE BRAIN
John P. Donoghue, Director of the Wyss Center, whose BrainGate enables paralysed people to control robotic limbs using their minds. He’s also tackling motor neuron disease with gene therapy and building haptic prosthetics; John Hardy, chair, Department of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology. Pioneering the study of Alzheimer’s, Hardy won the 2015 Breakthrough prize, the award backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin; Gero Miesenböck, professor of physiology and director of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford, who has pioneered optogenetics, inventing techniques used for visualising and controlling nerve cells with light; Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research, UCL, who is researching the effects of magnetic and electric brain stimulation in the treatment of depression and sleep disorders, and applying it to the world of sport.
Anna Young, co-founder of MakerNurse, with which she is turning nurses into hackers by bringing rapid prototyping tools into American hospitals; Lucy McRae, a science-fiction artist, film maker and body architect whose recent project, The Astronaut Aerobics Institute, is a fictional futuristic day-spa prepping the human body for space travel; Geraldine Hamilton, president and chief scientific officer, Emulate, whose organs-on-chips could replace human and animal test subjects. It won the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2015; Jose Gomez-Marquez, director of Little Devices Lab, MIT, who is the inventor of Ampli and MEDIKit tools that allow medical staff to invent their own medical devices, such as an Ebola diagnostic kit; Andrew JS Dawood, specialist in periodontics and prosthodontics who uses 3D scanning technology and 3D printing to rebuild the jaws, teeth and cheekbones of patients; and Josh Stephenson, patient of Dawood who has had sections of his skull and body removed following melanoma diagnosis. 3D printing helped reconstruct his appearance.
Jen Hyatt, founder, Big White Wall, the online community which offers millions of mental health patients peer and professional support, self-management tips and therapy.
THE AI DOCTOR
Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer, IBM, who oversees the Health Unit for AI computer Watson. A physician focusing on public health, he joined IBM in 2011 after working for the US Department of Health.
Craig Venter, biotechnologist & CEO, Human Longevity, Inc, who sequenced the human genome in 2001. He created the first synthetic lifeforms and co-founded genomics company Human Longevity – to boost human lifespan; Ye Yin, CEO, BGI Genomics Co. Yin leads the largest genomics organisation in the world. BGI offers genetic screening for inherited diseases, whole genome sequencing – for people, animals and plants – and animal clone research.
MEDICINE AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL
Jo Mountford, head of Tissue and Cellular Therapeutics RDI, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, whose team is trialling lab-grown blood. Her vision is to create an unlimited supply of clean blood for transfusions; Geoffrey Raisman, chair of Neural Regeneration and founding director of the Spinal Repair Unit, UCL Institute of Neurology. In 2014, Raisman’s work on spinal repair led to a paralysed patient regaining the ability to walk;
FOOD AS MEDICINE
Molly Maloof, physician, technologist and scientific wellness pioneer who advises multiple health technology companies and operates a medical practice aimed at optimising the health of Californian entrepreneurs; Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College, London. As Founder of TwinsUK, Spector is working with Human Longevity Inc. to conduct metabolomic analysis of 12,000 individuals in the programme.
There are a limited number of tickets available for WIRED HEALTH, at a price of £999. For further information, or for registration, go to www.wired.co.uk/health16.