AIF Blog - Health

June 21, 2018
Jeff Marrazzo is CEO of Spark Therapeutics and a champion of the potential benefits of precision medicine and health care reform for patients. He will speak as part of Spotlight Health. Below he discusses innovations in gene therapy research.We all know what to expect from medical innovation in the movies. The low hum of a dimly lit lab after midnight. White boards covered with equations. The triumphant Eureka...
June 20, 2018
Seth Berkley is CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. He will speak as part of the Our Planet, Our Health track at Spotlight Health. Below he provides recommendations for tackling the next global epidemic. This article originally appeared on STAT on June 14, 2018.News of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an urgent reminder that we need to change the way we fight disease, and we need...
June 20, 2018
Andy Slavitt is the founder and chairman of United States of Care. He will speak in the Spotlight Health track, Disrupting Health Systems. Below he answered our questions on how to create more equitable and affordable health care options.   Your nonprofit United States of Care includes both Bush and Obama appointees among its leadership. How do you achieve your mission of putting “health care over politics” given...
June 18, 2018
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. She will speak in the Our Planet, Our Health track at Spotlight Health. Below she offers her recommendations for US entities who provide aid to sub-Saharan Africa. Africa was a continent once deemed “hopeless” by the US media. Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, was condemned to an endless cycle of poverty, starvation, and tragedies...
June 04, 2018
 Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones LLC. He will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below he discusses the five places in the world — dubbed Blue Zones — where people live the longest, healthiest lives.  What are Blue Zones, and what should we know about these regions?Blue Zones areas are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. The first one is...
May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
May 11, 2018
 A local woman in a slum of Kampala (iStock). Agnes Igoye is Uganda’s deputy national coordinator for the prevention of trafficking in persons and heads Uganda’s Immigration Training Academy. She will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at Spotlight Health. She's a member of the 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellowship class.  What led you to work on eradicating human trafficking?Do you have time?! There are...
April 27, 2018
 Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Nadine Burke Harris, Sarah Watamura, and Jacqueline Jodl speak at Spotlight Health. Just as neuroscience has been revealing plenty of barriers to learning, it can also greatly influence the practice of education in positive ways. A panel of neuroscientists and educators at Spotlight Health 2017 shared some of the latest knowledge about how what happens in the...
April 06, 2018
 Danile Kraft, Deborah DiSanzo, and James Hamblin talk about technology and health at Spotlight Health 2017. If the concept of artificial intelligence revolutionizing medicine conjures up a future of robot doctors and nurses, a pair of health tech experts at Spotlight Health dispelled that bleak, impersonal outlook. From interpreting compounding amounts of personal health data to serving as a physician...
April 05, 2018
 Spring is here, and Spotlight Health—the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival—is finalizing speakers, schedules, and curated programming. We’re gearing up for three-days of thought-provoking sessions led by healthcare pioneers and advocates. Please consider this a personal invitation to you and your colleagues to join us June 21-24 in Aspen, Colorado to participate in these important conversations....

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