Health Sciences Presents Live Simulcast of TEDMED Conference

The simulcast, free and open to the public, will feature prominent speakers on a variety of health and medicine topics.
April 9, 2012
Extra Info: 

Eight two-hour sessions will be streamed to the UA, followed by UA expert moderator-led discussions.


Each session will have 10-15 speakers who will talk for 3-15 minutes:

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11, 8:15 a.m., 11:15 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 12, 8:15 a.m.,11:15 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 13, 8:15 a.m.


Free and open to the public. Space is limited to 100 seats per session and pre-registered attendees will have priority.


Registration information can be found at

Free, Live Simulcast of TEDMED Conference at the UA Health Sciences Center
April 10-13
Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, Conference Room 103, 1657 E. Helen St.

Once a year, TEDMED holds a "grand gathering" where leaders from all sectors of society come together.

On April 10-13, TEDMED will gather 1,300 adventurous thinkers and doers, from 300 medical and non-medical disciplines, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This uniquely diverse community will explore the ideas, innovations and challenges that will help shape the future of health and medicine for 300 million Americans – and the world.  

For the first time, the Arizona Health Sciences Center is presenting a live simulcast of TEDMED from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The simulcast at the University of Arizona will be streamed in HD to the UA BIO5 Institute at the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, Conference Room 103, 1657 E. Helen St. 

The UA will stream eight two-hour sessions, starting April 10 and ending April 13; each session will have 10-15 speakers who only talk for 3-15 minutes. Presenters will include global leaders from science, research, technology, academia, business, government and the arts. 

Tucson participants will be able to send questions electronically to the speaker in real-time. Following the conference, viewers also will be able to receive supplemental support material directly from the speaker for any and every TEDMED stage presentation. 

Each of the sessions will be followed by moderators – UA professors, physicians, scientists, students and community leaders – to lead discussions and encourage the audience to share their thoughts and impressions. 

Sponsored by the Arizona Health Sciences Center Office of the Senior Vice President, BIO5 Institute, the UA department of surgery and UA Medical Humanities, the simulcast is free and open to the public.

Space is limited to 100 seats per session, and pre-registered attendees will have priority. Registration and more information can be found online.

The following is a sample of this year's topics and speakers. The full list can be found online. 

  • "From Discovery to Health: Does It Have to Be a Long and Winding Road?" by Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health 
  • "Do your proteins have their own social network?" by Albert-László Barabási, director of the Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University 
  • "What happens when one person's disease becomes everybody's business?" by Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross 
  • "The bugs are getting smarter. Are we?" by Andrew Read, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State University 
  • "Who are "Me, Myself and Us?" by Jonathan Eisen, professor at the University of California, Davis 
  • "War On Cancer, Year 40: Who's Winning?" by Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society
  • "Faster, higher, smarter: the Olympics? No, Uncle Sam" by Todd Park, U.S. chief technology officer | The White House 
  • "Take 3 songs and call me in the morning, OK?" by Jill Sobule, singer & songwriter 
  • "Why is my joystick smarter than your stethoscope?" by Seth Cooper, creative director, Center for Game Science, University of Washington
  • "Why should we engineer for uncertainty?" by Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology
  • "Is the "disease model" sick - or just exhausted?" by Ivan Oransky, executive editor of Reuters Health 
  • "Can you bring a 3-D cadaver back to life on the web?" by John Qualter, co-founder, director of media, BioDigital Systems
  • "Can Medical School be a 'Fantastic Voyage?'" by Marc Triola, associate dean for educational informatics at NYU School of Medicine
  • "Can I wear my computer like a second skin?" by David Icke, chief executive officer of mc10 
  • "How will the world handle 300 million Alzheimer's patients?" by Gregory Petsko, chair of the Department of Biochemistry at Brandeis University 
  • "Why Don't Patients Behave Like Consumers?" by Jon Cohen, senior vice president, chief medical officer and director of hospital services, Quest Diagnostics
  • "Was Einstein right about imagination?" by E.O. Wilson, honorary curator in entomology and university research professor emeritus, Harvard University 
  • "What do you do when your best shot falls short?" by Thomas Frieden, director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • "What is the surgeon's flight simulator?" by Barbara Bass, director, Methodist Institute for Technology Innovation and Education 
  • "Can we move beyond the machine-brain barrier?" by Miguel Nicolelis, founder of Duke University's Center for Neuroengineering
  • "What if R2D2 was your doctor?" by Hiep Nguyen, director, the Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center and the pediatric teleurology service at Children's Hospital Boston