A Trusted Global Community
Sharing Ideas, Discoveries, Breakthroughs, and Passions

Who We Are

TEDMED is the independently owned and operated health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” TED Talks have been viewed online over two billion times around the world.

Created by TED’s founder, TEDMED convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines both inside and outside of medicine in pursuit of unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine. Best known for our annual event, TEDMED is a year-round global community


What We Do

TEDMED bridges the gap between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine. TEDMED values inclusiveness, multi-disciplinary collaboration and diversity in its mission to catalyze a healthier world.

Our annual event brings the world together to focus on what’s new and important in health and medicine. We forge partnerships with industry leaders, medical research institutions, think tanks, government agencies and foundations, to ensure that cutting-edge biomedical thinking is shared across disciplines and made accessible to the public at large.

Year-round, TEDMED engages a community of dedicated change-makers in dynamic conversations through social media, TEDMED Talks and a variety of programmatic efforts involving speakers, start-ups and everyday breakthroughs.


How We Do It

Connecting Remote Participants Around the World: Our partners enable TEDMED to stream the entire stage program from our annual event at no cost to teaching hospitals, academic institutions, government organizations, research centers and select non-profits in 140+ countries around the world.

Our hope is that by sharing this content, TEDMED is able to spark discussions about the future of health and medicine throughout the world. Learn more about TEDMED Live.

Game-Changing Entrepreneurs: Each year, “The Hive” program provides an immersive experience connecting our attendees (“Delegates”), partners, media and speakers with innovators and entrepreneurs representing scalable ideas and technologies that have the potential of transforming humanity’s health in fields ranging from biotechnology to healthcare delivery to new models of research. Learn more about The Hive.

Tackling Great Challenges: Year-round, TEDMED facilitates important conversations about some of the most complex public health challenges we face today, helping to create a better understanding of these challenges from a truly multi-disciplinary perspective. Learn more about The Great Challenges Program.

 

Creating The Stage
Program

TEDMED’s editorial process is guided by five core values. Each year, TEDMED considers thousands of potential speakers and performers for our stage – and selects a few dozen to be featured at our annual event.

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Our Core Values

Curatorial decisions about our stage program are driven by TEDMED’s commitment to five core values: 

Scientific Rigor and Significance

TEDMED seeks to shape the biomedical community by selecting people who are qualified to discuss or represent important cutting-edge science, current issues and game-changing ideas across health and medicine. Guided by a distinguished, independent Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of leading physicians, scientists, researchers, public health experts, academics, journalists, philanthropists, technologists, designers, performers and communicators, TEDMED selects speakers to address high-priority topics. These topics are chosen based on groundbreaking research, significant and underexposed issues, new discoveries and new thinking.

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Multi-disciplinary, “Horizontal” Focus

TEDMED believes valuable insights that contribute to breakthroughs often come from fields outside of a particular medical specialty – and even from outside of health and medicine. Accordingly, TEDMED is committed to an inclusive, radically multi-disciplinary approach to health and medicine that breaks down the silos of traditional specialties and considers viewpoints from a multiplicity of fields. TEDMED’s “horizontal” thinking reaches beyond health and medicine to government, technology, business, journalism, philanthropy, entertainment, design and the arts. Our multi-disciplinary philosophy is reflected in the makeup of our global community, in our speaker/performer roster and in our selection of topics for the stage program.

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Broad Accessibility

TEDMED believes the most critical issues in health and medicine require the best thinking from all of us. That’s why TEDMED believes it is not only possible, it is urgently necessary to bridge the gap between biomedical science and the general public on the great issues that impact the wellbeing of our planet’s seven billion people.

In creating our annual stage program, TEDMED seeks to engage thought leaders in health and medicine with cutting-edge research, while addressing the educated public by making these rigorous topics accessible to non-scientists who are passionate about health and medicine. Our key strategy to accomplish this is to help our speakers find and share stories that inform, inspire, engage and provoke action across our global community.

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A Mission to Accelerate Change

TEDMED recognizes that scientific ideas change from decade to decade, and even from day to day. Intellectual evolution is the hallmark of science. TEDMED believes that the more responsibly and imaginatively we can challenge today’s medical thinking, the faster we can create a healthier world. Our speakers are selected in part because of their personal, demonstrated commitment to living these values, to embracing the TEDMED mission of catalyzing a healthier world, and to accelerating new thinking that can spur revolutionary approaches to improving health and medicine for all.

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Openness and Transparency

In designing the annual stage program, TEDMED is dedicated to openness, transparency and responsibility. We accept speaker nominations and encourage topic suggestions from any and every member of the global community.

TEDMED’s process for creating our program themes and topics, as well as our rigorous process for speaker selection, leverages the insights and wisdom of a distinguished and independent Editorial Advisory Board. The Board’s members and selection criteria are public. Our Editorial Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and doers from health and medicine, business and technology, foundations and academia, philanthropy and design, and journalism and communications.

The mission of the Board is to assist TEDMED in selecting appropriate themes and topics and to review nominated speakers, ensuring that their qualifications and topics meet the highest standards for scientific relevance. This mission is governed by TEDMED’s Code of Ethics.

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Our Code of Ethics 

Vision

TEDMED is a multi-disciplinary community that brings together leading thinkers and doers from all walks of life to explore important issues, ideas and cutting-edge biomedical science to benefit both professionals in health and medicine and the general public. We strive for objectivity and neutrality toward political, religious and economic interests. Like Sesame Street, NPR, PBS and public libraries, TEDMED aspires to be part of the fabric of global civic society.

Editorial Independence

The integrity and credibility of our stage program is founded on academic-level rigor in selecting themes, topics, angles and speakers, as well as on editorial independence, which ensures that content is unaffected by advertising or commercial considerations.

Personal or business interests that conflict with TEDMED’s vision and integrity, whether in appearance or in reality, undermine our credibility. Under no circumstance are speaker and topic selection skewed toward personal gain, to help TEDMED’s bottom line or to please funders and sponsors.

Decisions about subject matter and how it will be covered is made by TEDMED exclusively, with input from the Editorial Advisory Board.

Impartiality

TEDMED strives to produce and present stories on its stage, its website and other channels that transcend biases and treat all evidence-based scientific views fairly. We challenge our own perspectives and pursue inclusion of a diverse range of viewpoints. We consistently aim to present the facts and science as completely as possible within the context of material intended to serve the scientific community and the general public simultaneously.

Diversity

TEDMED's talks and performances are composed of diverse voices that reflect the health and medicine community and divergent views that contribute to informed debate.

Transparency

TEDMED and its Editorial Advisory Board are strongly committed to ensuring the transparency of our editorial process. To that end, we make each of the steps of our general curatorial process (such as the selection of priority topics and speakers) available to the public by posting them on our website in advance of each event.


The values expressed below take into account those that are considered the industry's standard for editorial quality and independence, from NPR, The New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine's code of ethics.
 

Speaker Nomination and Curation

TEDMED follows a six-step process to nominate, investigate, recommend, select, invite and curate speakers for our annual stage program.

Click here to see the editorial priority topics that will shape this year's program.

Click here to nominate a speaker for our program.

Nomination 

A speaker may be nominated by himself or herself, by a colleague, by any member of the TEDMED community, by TEDMED’s Editorial Advisory Board and/or by members of the TEDMED staff.

Investigation 

Nominees are referred to TEDMED’s Editorial Team and Editorial Advisory Board. Working closely with TEDMED Research Scholars, we provide independent evaluations of each nominated speaker in order to ensure scientific rigor and credibility, topical relevance and appropriateness and a fresh and compelling message that can inspire TEDMED’s global community and the world to change health and medicine in a positive way.

Recommendations 

The Editorial Advisory Board provides confidential feedback to TEDMED’s Editorial Team and votes on recommended speakers.

Selections

Based on input from the Editorial Advisory Board and other factors, the TEDMED Editorial Team decides which nominees to invite. 

Invitations

TEDMED invites the nominee to speak at its annual event. 

Curation 

Upon acceptance, the speaker typically works with TEDMED to shape and develop his or her message to ensure the most effective storytelling and presentation.

TEDMED's
Editorial Advisory Board

TEDMED’s editorial process for curating our stage program’s themes, topics, speakers and performers are guided by the combined experience, insights and wisdom of a distinguished, independent Editorial Advisory Board.

Our Editorial Advisory Board consists of 20 recognized leaders in health and medicine, business and technology, foundations and academia, philanthropy and design, and journalism and communications.

Members voluntarily serve on the Editorial Advisory Board and attend two in-person meetings. They receive no financial compensation or in-kind contributions for their devotion of time and effort to TEDMED, other than complimentary passes to TEDMED and a stipend covering travel, room and board for the two annual Board meetings.

The purpose of the Editorial Advisory Board is twofold: (1) assist TEDMED in selecting appropriate themes and topics for each year’s stage program, and (2) review nominations, ensuring that the qualifications and topics of those selected speakers meet the highest standards for scientific relevance and rigor.

Editorial Advisory Board members commit to research and review nominated speakers with whom they have no conflict of interest or institutional affiliation; to present their recommendations to TEDMED and the full Board; and to consult with TEDMED on themes and topics.

The Editorial Advisory Board helps ensure the integrity and credibility of TEDMED’s stage program by bringing academic-level rigor to our selection of themes, topics and speakers. Board members provide their guidance with complete editorial independence, which ensures that content is unaffected by advertising or commercial considerations. Like TEDMED itself, the Editorial Advisory Board is committed to our Core Values and our Code of Ethics.



Meet Our Advisors

TEDMED is proud to acknowledge and recognize the members of our Editorial Advisory Board. These outstanding thought leaders generously provide their time and effort in the interest of supporting TEDMED’s mission to inspire new thinking and accelerate change in health and medicine.

Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP
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Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP
Physician and Author
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Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD
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Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at UCSF
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Betsy Nabel, MD
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Betsy Nabel, MD
President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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Carla Pugh, MD, PhD
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Carla Pugh, MD, PhD
Surgeon and Director of the Health Clinical Simulation Program at the University of Wisconsin
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Carleen Hawn
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Carleen Hawn
Founder and CEO HealthSpottr
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Carlos Bustamante, PhD
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Carlos Bustamante, PhD
Professor of Genetics and Biology, Stanford University
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Christopher Elias, MD, MPH
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Christopher Elias, MD, MPH
President of the Gates Foundation Global Development Program
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Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD
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Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD
President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Presidential Chair of UCSF
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Ivan Oransky, MD
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Ivan Oransky, MD
Vice President and Global Editorial Director of MedPage Today
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Jeff Karp, PhD
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Jeff Karp, PhD
Associate Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
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John Qualter
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John Qualter
Co-founder of BioDigital Systems
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Mohit Kaushal, MD, MBA
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Mohit Kaushal, MD, MBA
Partner at Aberdare Ventures
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Nina Tandon, PhD, MBA
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Nina Tandon, PhD, MBA
Co-Founder of EpiBone
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Pam Belluck
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Pam Belluck
Health and Science Writer
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Peter Hopkins
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Peter Hopkins
Cofounder and President of Big Think
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Sandeep “Sunny” Kishore, MD, PhD
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Sandeep “Sunny” Kishore, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine Resident at Yale University
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Teeb Al-Samarrai, MD
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Teeb Al-Samarrai, MD
Physician and Epidemiologist
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Victor Dzau
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Victor Dzau
Honorary Editorial Advisory Board Member | President of the Institute of Medicine
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TEDMED's
Research Scholars


TEDMED relies on a carefully selected group of passionate, objective experts from across the biomedical spectrum, including, faculty, post docs, graduate students, medical students, public health professionals, and science journalists. These experts help assess the credibility of the science upon which TEDMED's editorial priorities are based. 
 



Bhagwan Aggarwal, PhD, MBA
Healthcare Industry


Aimee Arnoldussen, PhD
Neuroscience, Medical Devices


Belinda Borrelli, PhD
Behavioral Medicine, Health Behavior Change


Abel Bryan Cortinas, MS
Chemical Engineering


Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz, PhD
Biomedical Engineering


Roozbeh Ghaffari, PhD
Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering


Guido Giunti, MD
HealthIT


Melissa Goldstein, JD
Law and Bioethics

 

Ingrid Ibarra, PhD
Genetics


Anthony Suyoung Kim, MD, MAS
Vascular Neurology, Clinical & Translational Research


Tamar Lasky, PhD
Epidemiology


Jeffrey Lazar, MD, MPH
Emergency Medicine


Elena Mancini, PhD
Cell Biology


Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH
Behavioral Health


Margaret McCabe, PhD, RN, PNP
Nursing and Clinical Research


Bryon Petersen, PhD
Stem Cell Biology, Bioengineering

 

Amy Price, PhD
Neuroscience


Amanda Richardson, PhD MS
Epidemiology, Health Behavior


Susan Scher, MD
Healthcare Industry


Pratik Shah, PhD
Health Technologies, Infectious Diseases and Global Health


Armin Shahrokni, MD
Geriatrics & Oncology


Sushant Shankar, MS
Machine Learning & Big Data


Vandana Sharma, MD, MPH
Public Health


Marina Sirota, PhD
Bioinformatics, Translational Bioinformatics

 

Thora Thorgilsdottir, MSE
Bioengineering, Medical Devices


Katarzyna Wac, PhD
Mobile Computing, mHealth


Jing Wang, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN
Nursing


Rachel Widome, PhD, MHS
Epidemiology, Community Health, Social Epidemiology


Flaura Winston, MD, PhD
Pediatrics, Behavioral Science, Injury Prevention


Colin Young, PhD
Physiology, Neuroscience


Wendy Youngblood, MA
Education, Humanities


Marta Gaia Zanchi, PhD
Digital Health, Biodesign Innovation

 
 

Speaker Nomination Form

Every year, TEDMED’s stage program features innovative thinkers from inside and outside the worlds of science, health, and medicine.  We’re looking for speakers who will open minds to new possibilities; change how we think about challenges in science, health, and medicine, and seed unique collaborations.

If you know someone who belongs on the TEDMED stage, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you. Please fill out this nomination form, and tell us:

1)    Why this speaker’s vision will change how those in the health and medical communities approach their own work;
2)    How this idea will change and improve science, health, and medicine in significant and surprising ways;
3)    What experience and evidence your nominee brings to his or her topic; and
4)    How this approach or idea might be applied across varied fields and disciplines. 

Remember, it only takes one nomination to bring a speaker to our attention.  Selection for the TEDMED stage is determined by many factors – including our session themes and programmatic fit.  For more information on speaker selection, please see our FAQs.

Nominator Info
Basic nominee info
Background


The Library of the History of Human Imagination


In many ways, the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination serves as the philosophical blueprint for TEDMED.  

Inside the library is an unusual collection of well-known and obscure treasures from across human history and across different disciplines of human life. Each treasure represents the best of what humans can imagine and create as well as the leaps mankind can make in the relative blink of an eye. The space is a wonderful celebration of our ability to imagine, invent and create a better future.

Much like his role at TEDMED, Jay serves as Library Curator. He convenes important gatherings and leads his guests through a carefully designed experience powered by wonderful storytelling. He does this to honor the very best of us, help us connect dots in unexpected ways, make the impossible seem more possible and to inform and inspire the future.

Each stage talk at TEDMED is analogous to a treasure in the Library. Each talk/treasure has a power of its own but when (1) shared in combination with other talks/treasures and (2) in a context that is carefully curated, their power and impact is strengthened many times over.

Each delegate is similarly analogous to a treasure in the Library. We are powerful as individuals, but ultimately what we can see, do, and impact on our own is limited relative to what we can accomplish through collaboration, especially with people of common values but different experiences.

Our participation serves to stretch our minds, create new possibilities, stir our imaginations and prepare us for our own personal moments of genius.
 

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The Influence of Design

Albert Einstein once said, “The greatest scientists are artists as well.” – a view is shared by many of those responsible for the greatest transformations in human history. Da Vinci gave us the Mona Lisa as well as the design for the helicopter and other flying machines. Aristotle gave us the model for the universe and wrote extensively on art and poetry. 

Regardless of their precise contributions to mankind, every transformer understood that both art and science are about expressing our creativity in ways that lead to a deeper understanding of our world. Science allows us to better understand our current world – what actually is – and art allows us to engage our imagination to better understand a more idealized world – what we can become, with change. That’s why TEDMED embraces doctors and designers, astronauts and artists, practitioners and poets. Each is united in a quest for understanding that opens the door to a healthier future.

2014
Victor Juhasz
2013
Stem to Steam Program at RISD
2012
Hanoch Piven
2011
Alexander Isley Inc.
2014
Imagine Science Films

FEATURED 2014 ARTIST

Victor Juhasz

The portraits for this year's TEDMED speakers were created by internationally acclaimed artist Victor Juhasz.

An illustrator for 40 years, Victor serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Illustrators in New York City. He has been the recipient of awards and citations for his illustrations, including a silver medal from the Society in 2010, the Arthur William Brown Award in 2012 for his work documenting and bringing greater attention for our troops in harm's way (in particular the returning wounded), and in January 2013, a gold medal and the prestigious Hamilton King Award for his embed work in Afghanistan with the 1-52nd Arctic Thunder Dustoff, an Army helicopter Medevac unit. In February 2014, he was awarded in silver medal by the Society for his illustrations that appeared in the New York Observer covering the work of the nonprofit Foundation Rwanda in Rwanda. 

Victor is a member of The Joe Bonham Project, documenting through drawings and paintings the wounded soldiers and Marines returning from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan at Walter Reed Medical Center. 

In the spring of 2012, Victor was invited to speak about his drawings of the wounded as well as war/witness art at the first ever military-sponsored TEDx event at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. 

He is a contributing member of David Feherty's Troops First Foundation (TFF), traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan with TFF from 2008 to 2011, drawing the soldiers and Marines on the bases and sending the portraits to their families back home. 

You can read Victor's posting on drawger.com/victorjuhasz or visit his website, juhaszillustration.com.
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    Illumination Researcher
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    Chairman & Curator, TEDMED
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    Trauma Prevention Technologist
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    Drug Delivery Innovator
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FEATURED 2013 ARTIST

Stem to Steam Program at RISD

In an intellectual and creative adventure, RISD faculty members and students have contributed their talents by creating captivating portraits of our TEDMED 2013 speakers.  We thank them for graciously contributing such beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring elements to TEDMED 2013.

In his STEM to STEAM initiative, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) President John Maeda is transforming thinking about the role of art and design in civic life, in commerce, and as an agent of innovation in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

RISD’s Illustration Department has long pursued partnerships in learning through its practical course offerings and partnerships with academic, corporate and research institutions, working side-by side with physicians, scientists, computer programmers and engineers.  Throughout, they have cultivated a deep commitment to the notion that art and design afford vital poetic and communicative form and spirit to scientific discovery, and all parties have come to recognize that human ingenuity of the highest level is what propels both research innovation, whether in the laboratory or in the studio.

In appreciation to Robert Brinkerhoff for leading the charge.
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    M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health
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    M.D., Director of Healthcare Development, Downtown Project Las Vegas
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    Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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    Partner, The Longevity Fund
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    Singer
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    Interaction Designer, Robotic Engineer, Artist & Hacker
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    CEO, Smart Patients
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    Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist
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    Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California | Author, "The End of Illness"
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    President, Society for Science and the Public; Publisher, Science News
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    U S Surgeon General
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    Internationally Acclaimed Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Actor, Poet.
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  • Ramesh Raskar

    Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
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  • Ryan Panchadsaram

    Senior Advisor at the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy
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  • Sally Okun

    VP Advocacy, Policy & Patient Safety, PatientsLikeMe
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  • Steve Gullans

    Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
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  • Sue Austin

    Artist, Freewheeling, 'Creating the Spectacle!'
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  • The Manzari Brothers

    Tap Dancers / Performers
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  • Washington Conservatory of Music

    Piano Faculty
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  • Afro Blue

    Howard University's premier vocal jazz ensemble
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  • Christopher J.L. Murray

    Institute Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
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  • Dean Karnazes

    Speaker, Bestselling Author, Athlete, Entrepreneur
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  • Ashley Atkinson

    Co-Director, Keep Growing Detroit
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  • Amanda Bennett

    Executive Editor, Bloomberg News Author, 'The Cost of Hope'
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  • Amy Abernethy

    M.D., Director, Center for Learning Health Care, Duke Clinical Research Institute
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  • Elazer Edelman

    Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Professor, Health Sciences and Technology, MIT Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Director, Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center Senior Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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  • Richard Simmons

    Fitness personality
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  • Peter Attia

    Founder and President, Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI)
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  • Susan Desmond-Hellmann

    Chancellor Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor University of California, San Francisco
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  • Victor Wang

    Founder and CEO, GeriJoy Inc.
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  • America Bracho

    CEO and President, Latino Health Access
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FEATURED 2012 ARTIST

Hanoch Piven

The portraits of this year’s TEDMED speakers were created by internationally acclaimed Israeli author and illustrator Hanoch Piven.

Over the course of the past 20 years, Piven’s portraits have appeared in most major American and European publications.

His work is included in the permanent collection of The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Since 2003, Piven has been conducting creative workshops across the globe, applying the principles of his collage technique to prompt children and adults to create their own works of art using common every day objects.

These workshops have been embraced by educators, art therapists, and management consultants as an efficient tool for raising psychological issues to the surface through play and creativity.

In this capacity, he has most recently been collaborating with physicians and therapists in the treatment of cancer patients and soldiers suffering from PTSD.

Hanoch created the illustrations for TEDMED 2012 on an iPad using an app he co-authored. More on his work can be found at pivenworld.com.
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  • Otis Brawley

    Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society
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  • Judith Salerno

    Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
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  • Frances Arnold

    Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology
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  • Stephen Petronio

    Founder, Stephen Petronio Company
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  • Bryan Stevenson

    Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
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  • Bud Frazier

    Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Research, Texas Heart Institute
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  • Nick Boulis

    Founder of the Boulis Laboratory, Emory University School of Medicine
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  • Dan Perry

    President & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research
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  • Diane Kelly

    Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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  • E.O. Wilson

    Honorary Curator in Entomology and University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
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  • Ed Gavagan

    Owner, PraxisNYC
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  • Franziska Michor

    Associate Professor of Computational Biology, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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  • Gail McGovern

    President and CEO of the American Red Cross
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  • Gregory Petsko

    Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at Brandeis University
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  • Hiep Nguyen

    Director, the Robotic Surgery, Research, and Training Center and the Pediatric TeleUrology Service at Children’s Hospital Boston
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  • Howard Shapiro

    Global Staff Officer, Plant Science and External Research, Mars, Incorporated | Adjunct Professor, Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis
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  • Jay Lombard

    Chief Scientific Officer, Genomind
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  • Jonathan Mann

    Singer/Songwriter
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  • Rebecca Onie

    Co-Founder & CEO, Health Leads
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  • Lynda Chin

    Chair, Department of Genomic Medicine & Scientific Director, Institute of Applied Cancer Science, MD Anderson Cancer Center
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  • Mark Hyman

    Author & Chairman of the Institute of Functional Medicine
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  • Miguel Nicolelis

    Founder of Duke’s Center for Neuroengineering
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  • MOMIX

    Dancers-Illusionists
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  • Peggy Hamburg

    Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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  • Reisa Sperling

    Director, The Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

    President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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  • Robert Gupta

    Founder and Artistic Director for Street Symphony
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  • Sandeep Kishore

    M.D., Ph.D. student, co-chair, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network
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  • Scott Jurek

    Author, Ultramarathon Champion
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  • Jill Sobule

    Songstress
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  • Steve Connell

    Internationally Acclaimed Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Actor, Poet
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  • Step Afrika!

    Percussive dance group
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  • Todd Park

    U.S. Chief Technology Officer | The White House
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  • Thomas Frieden

    Director, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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  • Teresa Monachino

    Author and Founder of Studio Monachino
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  • Traces

    Urban Acrobats
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  • VGo Robotic Telepresence System

    Telemedical Specialist
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  • Virginia Breen and Elizabeth Bonker

    Author, Poet, Aspiring Doctor
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  • Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir

    Choir
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  • Cookie Monster

    “Om nom nom nom”, Sesame Street
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  • David Icke

    Chief Executive Officer of mc10
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  • Gabby Reece

    Professional Volleyball Player & Women's Health Advocate
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  • Ivan Oransky

    Executive Editor of Reuters Health
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  • Jacob Scott

    Radiation Oncologist and Cancer Theoretician
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  • Joel Salatin

    Beyond organic farmer and author
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  • Jon Cohen

    Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Hospital Services, Quest Diagnostics
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  • John Hoffman

    Vice President, HBO Documentary Films | Executive Producer, <i>The Weight of the Nation </i>
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  • John Qualter

    Cofounder, Director of Media, BioDigital Systems
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  • Jonathan Eisen

    Full Professor at the University of California, Davis
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  • Jonathan Glass

    Director of the Emory ALS Center, Department of Neurology, Emory University
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  • Katie Couric

    Co-Founder, Stand Up To Cancer & Special Correspondent, ABC News
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  • Leslie Saxon

    Executive Director & Founder, USC Center for Body Computing
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  • Laird Hamilton

    Professional Big-Wave Surfer
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  • Lisa Nilsson

    Visual Artist
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  • Marc Triola

    Associate Dean for Educational Informatics at NYU School of Medicine
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  • Mary (Missy) Cummings

    Director of the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory
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  • Seth Cooper

    Creative Director, Center for Game Science, University of Washington
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FEATURED 2011 ARTIST

Alexander Isley Inc.

Alex first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential M&Co. He went on to serve as the first full-time art director of the funny and fearlessSpy magazine. In 1988 Alex founded Alexander Isley Inc. in New York City. In 1995 he relocated the firm to Connecticut in order to be closer to trees. The team at Alexander Isley has been an integral part of the creative efforts surrounding TEDMED by designing powerful extensions of our event experience like the Conference Program Guide, creating and curating the wondrous artwork that brings our speakers to life, and designing visual elements for our venu
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  • Quyen Nguyen

    Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of California San Diego
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  • Charles Pell

    Co-Founder, Physcient
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  • Peter Agre

    Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. Bloomberg School of Public Health
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  • Catherine Mohr

    Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical
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  • Dean Kamen

    President, DEKA Research & Development
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  • A.J. Jacobs

    Author
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  • Andrew Dawson

    Performance Artist
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  • Ashley Dombkowski

    Chief Business Officer at 23andMe
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  • Barton Kamen

    Clinical Research Professor, Metronomx
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  • Bill Doyle

    Executive Chairman, Founder, NOVOCURE
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  • David Kirchhoff

    President, Weight Watchers International
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  • Eric Mead

    Magician, Author, Bon Vivant
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  • Eythor Bender

    CEO, Ekso Bionics
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  • Freda Lewis-Hall

    Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer, Inc.
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  • Gabor Forgacs

    Scientific Founder, Organovo, Inc.
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  • Ger Brophy

    Head of New Product Development, Medical Diagnostics, GE Healthcare
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  • John Wynn

    Medical Director for Cancer Psychiatry at the Swedish Cancer Institute of Seattle
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  • Joseph Desimone

    Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Juan Enriquez

    Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
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  • Lee Stein

    Managing Member of Prize Capital, LLC and Virtual Group, LLC
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  • Michael Rosenblatt

    Chief Medical Officer, MERCK
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  • Nate Ball

    Mechanical Engineer
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  • Paul Stamets

    Director of Research, Fungi Perfecti
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  • Rick Smolan

    Co-founder, Against All Odds Productions, Photographer
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  • Sheila Nirenberg

    Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medical College
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  • Yoav Medan

    Vice President and Chief Systems Architect, InSightec Ltd.
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  • Tim O'Reilly

    CEO & Founder, O'Reilly Media
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  • Michael Graves

    Architect
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  • Robert J. Hariri

    Founder & CEO, Celgene Cellular Therapeutics
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  • Alexander Tsiaras

    Founder/CEO of TheVisualMD.com
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  • Aneesh Chopra

    United States Chief Technology Officer
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  • Calvin Harley

    President & Chief Scientific Officer, Telome Health
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  • Charles Limb

    Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, John's Hopkins. Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music
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  • Cheryl Pegus

    Chief Medical Officer, Walgreen Co.
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  • Dan Buettner

    Author, Explorer
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  • Chris Toumazou

    Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College of London
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  • Daniel Kraft

    Founder, Intellimedicine
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  • Lance Armstrong

    Chairman & Founder, The Lance Armstrong Foundation
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  • Diana Nyad

    Author, Ultra-Marathon Swimmer
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  • Eric Schadt

    Director, Institute of Genomics and Multiscale Biology, Mount Sinai Medical School
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  • Mehmood Khan

    Chief Executive Officer, Global Nutrition Group and Chief Scientific Officer, PEPSICO
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  • Peter Diamandis

    Chairman & Co-Founder, X-PRIZE Foundation
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  • Loudon Wainwright III

    Singer-Songwriter, Actor
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  • Farzad Mostashari

    National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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  • Elissa Epel

    Associate Professor at UCSF, Co-Founder Telome Health
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FEATURED 2014 ARTIST
 

Imagine Science Films

In the spirit of Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine, TEDMED is thrilled to announce an innovative collaboration with Imagine Science Films (ISF).

Now celebrating its seventh anniversary, ISF is a nonprofit organization created by geneticist and filmmaker Alexis Gambis. The organization is committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers to increase public awareness of and appreciation for science. With sponsors including Google, Nature Publishing Group, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, ISF makes science more accessible and stimulating to a broader audience by emphasizing storytelling, narrative structure, and visual communication.

Together, TEDMED and ISF have challenged nine young, independent filmmakers to let their imaginations run wild as they created their own unique, artistic interpretations of the nine session themes for our 2014 stage program.

Each filmmaker was given creative and editorial freedom. We simply encouraged them to be imaginative! The result is a series of short, provocative and highly engaging films. Together, the full body of work offers exciting examples of how visual storytelling can engage the heart and the senses as a powerful way of engaging the mind.

The nine ISF-TEDMED films run four to seven minutes apiece. Each film offers a metaphorical or allegorical storyline -- or simply a montage of beautiful images -- to convey the filmmaker’s vision of what that particular session will be about. Each film also includes subtle nods to the speakers and the topics that will be featured on stage within that particular session.

Viewers who use their imaginations will find these avant-garde films a thought-provoking journey into a realm where art and science walk hand in hand. We look forward to inviting everyone in the TEDMED community to enjoy this artistic interpretation of our session themes through the work of an extraordinarily gifted group of young filmmakers.

Eliza McNitt
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Session Film: Play Is Not a Waste of Time
Charlie Cole
The Pratt Institute
Session Film: Stealing Smart
Alexis Gambis
NYU Tisch School of Arts
Session Film: We Just Don’t Know
Matt Christensen
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Session Film: Weird and Wonderful
Sarah-Rose Meredith
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Session Film: Don’t You Dare Talk About This
Pedro Gomez Millan
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Session Film: Flat Out Amazing
Nate Dorr
Middlebury College
Session Film: Turn It Upside Down
Ian Harnarine
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Session Film: I Was Just Thinking Too Small
Raj Trivedi
Columbia University’s School of the Arts
Session Film: Human Nature Inside and Out