2019 Schedule

Friday, June 21st
Friday, June 21st
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2019 Health
What Will It Take to Prevent Dementia?

If we are lucky enough to reach age 85, we face a 25 percent chance of dementia, and the odds worsen with time. Some 50 million people worldwide were living with dementia in 2017, and that number is predicted to double every 20 years so that by 2050, the afflicted population will reach 132 million. The most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease, an invariably progressive condition that evolves from...

Koch Tent — Breakout
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Food, Elixir of Life

Fresh, nutritional foods are much more than one of life’s greatest pleasures, although they are certainly that. The science of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, cancer and multiple sclerosis, increasingly reveals healthy eating to be a primary determinant of health and healing. Research is bringing new rigor to recommendations that we put more whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and veget...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
1:20pm–02:40pm MDT
2019 Health
Deep Dive: Artificial Intelligence on the Rise

Artificial intelligence is an increasingly valuable coin of the realm in medicine. It is already playing a role in disease diagnosis, drug development, surgery, maternal and child health, and even depression treatment, and some analysts believe that by 2026, AI could reduce annual health care costs in the United States by $150 billion. After a slow start, it is also gaining attention in lower-inco...

Koch Tent — Deep Dive
3:00pm–03:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Healthier Living through Innovation

Once inventions work their way into widespread use –- the Internet and the cell phone, the X-ray machine and the CT scanner –- we stop thinking about them as novelties, and start considering them inevitable. Today, the possibilities for health-related innovations seem greater than ever, as massive amounts of data and lightning-speed computers are coupled with evermore sophisticated scientific and...

Koch Tent — Breakout
4:10pm–05:00pm MDT
2019 Health
The Secret to Life: Genomics, CRISPR, and the Future

Six decades after the discovery of the DNA double helix, basic gene sequencing is becoming increasingly accessible to consumers, and start-up companies are hurtling into the real-world applications of this remarkable science. Is genomics becoming more democratized? What are the barriers to applying and accessing the new technologies? Hear from leaders who share insights on genomics discoveries, th...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
Saturday, June 22nd
8:00am–08:50am MDT
2019 Health
Immunotherapy: Supporting the Body's Fight Against Cancer

It’s no secret that chemotherapy is a brutal and all-too-often unsuccessful way to treat cancer, one that harms healthy cells even as it tries to ferret out malignant ones. The search for alternatives is leading researchers deep into the human immune system, seeking ways to exploit the body’s extraordinary drive to heal. They are going to the frontlines of science to understand the pathways that r...

Limelight Hotel — Breakfast Talk
In town event
9:10am–10:00am MDT
2019 Health
Aspen Lecture: An Atlas of Human Cells

When it is complete, the Human Cell Atlas will be a comprehensive searchable map of our cells — a “Google map for the human body.” By combining elegant science and painstaking work in the trenches, the Atlas will portray the basic unit of life in all its staggering diversity, including every cellular subtype, how one type of cell can become another type, which genes are switched on by which cells,...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Change of Heart: New Findings in Cardiology

Conventional wisdom about heart disease was upended twice within a few short months this year. First, the longstanding recommendation urging just about everyone over 50 to take a daily low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks was tossed out. Then, we discovered that many people who need to have a heart valve replaced can avoid the rigors of open-heart surgery in favor of a much less invasive tech...

Limelight Hotel — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
2019 Health
Reimagining Emergency Care

Almost 137 million Americans visit emergency departments every year, which is an extremely costly route to health care. Overcrowding is a widespread problem, yet a high percentage of people seek out urgent care for nonurgent needs because they have no other place to go. At the same time, telemedicine — such as telephone apps that can provide ultrasound — allows some patients to be treated without...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Lunch Session On Campus
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