2019 Schedule

Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, June 20th
7:30pm–08:30pm MDT
2019 Health
'The Cut on Tuesdays' Podcast: How Leana Wen Gets It Done (Live Taping)

When Leana Wen became only the second physician ever to lead Planned Parenthood, she was returning to an organization that years earlier had provided health care to much of her own immigrant family. Emerging from poverty, Wen graduated from college, summa cum laude, at age 18 and became a Rhodes scholar, a practicing ER doctor, a public health leader, a book author, and a passionate advocate for r...

Belly Up Aspen — Evening Session
In town event
8:30pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Health
CBD: Hype or Hope?

Suddenly, CBD is everywhere – it’s being sold in major drugstore chains and showing up in skin lotion, smoothies, baked goods, lozenges, pet food, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Some people swear by CBD to treat inflammation, anxiety, pain, sleep disorders, epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and just about everything else. Derived from the cannabis plant, it is part of a class that also includ...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
Friday, June 21st
8:00am–08:50am MDT
2019 Health
Reproductive Rights: Still a Battleground

Women have made health strides in recent years as attitudes toward domestic violence and sexual harassment evolve, but access to reproductive services remains an ideological lightning rod. Partisans still argue over a fundamental question: Who gets to control women’s bodies? Research shows that girls are more likely to stay in school when family planning programs are available, and that women who...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Breakfast Talk
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Health
The Pros and Cons of E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are getting our children addicted to nicotine and may be dangerous to the developing brain. More young people now use e-cigs than tobacco and there is growing concern that someone who vapes will eventually start smoking conventional cigarettes. So why not just ban e-cigs, or at least regulate them more vigorously? In part, because many researchers believe they are less harmful than to...

Limelight Hotel — Lunch Session On Campus
In town event
7:00pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Health
Ask Dr. Ruth (Film and Discussion)

Almost everyone knows America’s most famous sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, now past 90. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex education, Dr. Ruth has transformed both public and private conversations around sexuality. Fewer people know about her early years as a Holocaust survivor and then a machine gunner in the Israeli army. Following a film screeni...

Paepcke Auditorium — Evening Session
Saturday, June 22nd
9:10am–10:00am MDT
2019 Health
Eliminating HIV: Progress, Possibilities, and Roadblocks

Can we end the HIV epidemic in the next five years? President Trump pledged in February to do just that, but it will take vigorous research, aggressive outreach, new global commitments, better access to evidence-based treatment, attitude changes — and resources. Although the viral infection has drawn less attention in recent years, some 37 million people still live with HIV/AIDS, including one mil...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Listen Up: Musicians Talk about Healing

No one knows the restorative power of music better than the musicians who make it (although brain scientists keep learning more). In collaboration with Jazz Aspen Snowmass, well-known artists performing at the June festival talk about the history and origin of the music they perform, share personal stories about their own relationship to music, and riff on its link to health and healing.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass VIP Tent — Lunch Session In Town
1:20pm–02:40pm MDT
2019 Health
Harnessing the Momentum of #MeToo

After the #MeToo movement exploded into popular view, groups of determined women recognized that it was not enough to call out bad behavior. As revelations of harassment became common knowledge, they turned their energies toward changing it — promoting the training and mindset shifts necessary to stop abuse, make it harder to hide, and hold perpetrators accountable. Helping young people understand...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Deep Dive
3:00pm–03:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Eliminating Maternal Toxic Zones

Despite per-capita spending on health care that far exceeds every other nation, the United States has the highest rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the developed world. The racial disparities are stark — for every 100,000 live births in a given year, 42 black mothers died, compared to 13 white mothers. From pregnancy to delivery, thousands of American women live in “maternal toxic zones” charac...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Breakout
4:10pm–05:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Bad Drugs Are Looking Good

Ketamine has sometimes been called the “date rape drug” because its sedative properties have enabled sexual assaults — but a groundbreaking study suggests it can also reduce symptoms of depression. Psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin and LSD, can trigger a schizophrenic episode, but their potential to treat addiction, control post-traumatic stress disorder, and prepare terminally ill patients fo...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
8:00pm–09:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Sex Recession: Why Isn’t Everyone Doing It?

Sex, that great purveyor of arousal, ecstasy, heartbreak, and disease, that dominant theme of poetry, gossip, and entertainment, is on the wane. Surveys suggest that adults are having a lot less of it and high-school students are likely to have had none at all. Theories to explain the shift abound, with responsibility variously placed on social media, increased stress, environmental toxins, sleep...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
Sunday, June 23rd
9:10am–10:00am MDT
2019 Health
Soothing Sounds in the Hospital

Alarms, intercoms, monitors, and other life-saving hospital equipment batter patients and clinicians alike with noise around the clock. The impact of that cacophony may be hard to measure, but it’s a fair bet that it doesn’t promote well-being. What if the auditory experience in hospitals was more than an assault on the ears? Redesigning the soundscape to make medical equipment more harmonious, ta...

Paepcke Auditorium — Plenary Session
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