2017 Stage Program

As we work to make advances that will shape a healthier humanity, progress is incremental but vision is unbounded. We create a healthier world by working in that fertile zone between the limited (knowledge, resources, time) and the limitless (imagination, creativity, curiosity)

This year's event will focus on that productive tension between “what is” and “what if,” the inspiration that continues to drive us further into what's possible. Together, we are limitless. 

Session 1:

ALL IN ALL

A wide-angle view of a limitless landscape


In this panoramic overview, we’ll explore a wide range of key issues in health and medicine where forward-thinking leaders, doers and activists are shattering today’s limits and seeking to unleash tomorrow’s possibilities. In this session, we'll address a diverse set of topics, such as global health policy, gender identity and equality, designing healthcare systems from scratch, drones for good, caring for Ebola survivors, mindfulness as a coping tool for difficult times, optogenetics, autism, better health for the rural poor, and the growing public understanding of mental health issues. 




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Session 2:

AUDACIOUS

Imagining progress and possibilities in health and medicine


Back by popular demand, a new class of 20 Hive entrepreneurs will take the stage to share how their visionary ideas and boundary-breaking innovations are affecting change in every area of health and medicine. Through a series of short talks, this session will feature disruptive thinkers and game-changing ideas in areas like medical tech and devices, life science and therapeutics, digital and mobile health, healthcare systems, care delivery, reimbursement models and IT, public health, advancing science, and more.




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Session 3:

COMMON GROUND

Removing barriers that limit access & harm health


Transcending limits to making health available to all sometimes requires that we collaborate and forge common ground. Talks in this session feature topics where the traditional barriers to accessing care and achieving well-being are being lifted, such as new approaches to addressing opioid addiction, combatting isolation and loneliness, expanding social tools and technology access for all, improving shared decision-making among doctors and patients, the genetics of schizophrenia, primate precedents for human social hierarchies, and music interpretation for the hearing impaired.




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Session 4:

HEALTH VS. ?

Combatting limits to health on multiple fronts


Advocating for health often demands a frank admission of exactly what we’re up against. The list of “health opponents” can seem limitless—from insect-borne diseases to our body’s own healing response to reproductive issues to military conflict—but so are the opportunities to break through those very barriers. This session explores many of humanity's growing list of foes, such as autoimmune disease, Lyme and Zika, options for male contraceptives, menstruation on the public agenda, wartime medicine, and health disparities at the community level.




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Session 5:

HUMAN +

Challenging the limits of human nature


Rapid advances in technology are forcing us to rethink the limits of human nature. Is humanity limitless? How far can we go to enhance, augment and replace ourselves while retaining a healthy respect for our essential nature? This session is slated to explore that question through a variety of lenses, including CRISPR gene editing, mitochondrial DNA transfer, lab “organioids” (i.e., miniature artificial human brains and other organs), technology implants, and the role of artificial intelligence in clinical decision-making.




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Session 6:

MINDING THE GAP

Pushing back limits with current knowledge


Overcoming today’s limits in health and medicine means confronting gaps in our knowledge. This session will update us on what we know, and what we don't know, and keep us abreast of fascinating developments in areas such as stem cell research, cancer immunotherapy, studies into why facts don’t change our minds, the drug pricing debate, treating and preventing malaria, and superbugs.




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Session 7:

OPEN ROAD

The limitless horizons of health and medicine


What is the long-term future of health and medicine? We can expect to see a limitless stream of new barriers to confront and transcend, each opening new roads for exploration. This session will preview some of the most vexing limits we face today, as well as some of the most promising paths that lie ahead. Topics considered in this session include new funding models for scientific and medical research, the FDA’s vision for innovation, a look at non-traditional data, the impact of climate change on humanity, partnerships expanding the public's understanding of AI, incentives that drive innovation in precision medicine, and the future of environmentalism and health.




SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

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