2019 Schedule

Friday, June 21st
Friday, June 21st
9:10am–10:00am MDT
2019 Health
Aspen Lecture: Understanding the Immune System

Few drugs are as powerful as the human immune system. By generating an acute inflammatory response, it allows the body to defend against microbial invaders, cancer-causing cells, and environmental toxins, and helps heal injuries and infections. But there are also cracks in the system that can turn the body against itself, triggering autoimmune diseases. How do we tamp down on “bad” inflammation wh...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2019 Health
Inflammation and Chronic Disease

Inflammation in the gut has been identified as one of the culprits in a long list of chronic illnesses, including colorectal cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease. Cutting-edge research is also revealing a pathway between the gut and the brain, suggesting a possible explanation for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and a host of mood disorders. Investigators are diggi...

Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion — Breakout
Saturday, June 22nd
1:20pm–02:40pm MDT
2019 Health
Deep Dive: The Microbiome around the World

The human microbiome—those trillions of microbes that occupy the gut and many other parts of the body—plays a complex and intricate role in inflammatory diseases. One intriguing clue about its role is that place matters—the microbiome looks very different from one part of the world to another. Emigration and globalization reduce that diversity, with implications for biological systems that we don’...

Koch Tent — Deep Dive
3:00pm–03:50pm MDT
2019 Health
The Power of Poop: Fecal Transplants

If the idea of fecal transplants seems momentarily disquieting, consider that they achieve a 90 percent cure rate for the devastating intestinal infection known as C. diff when antibiotics fail to clear it. Fecal transplants are also being studied as treatment for colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders, and research into their value for urinary tract infections...

Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room — Breakout
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