2022 Schedule

Thursday, June 23rd
Thursday, June 23rd
10:00am–10:50am MT
2022 Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Presents: All Mothers Deserve to Live: Combating Maternal Health Inequity

The blood clots that nearly killed tennis star Serena Williams shortly after she gave birth were a grim reminder that neither resources nor fame offer full protection from the risk of giving birth while Black. “No one was really listening,” wrote Williams, describing her frantic effort to get medical attention. Maternal and infant mortality rates are far higher in the US than in any other wealthy...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
11:10am–12:00pm MT
2022 Health
Mount Sinai Health System Presents: The Quest for Breakthrough Therapies

New insights into human biology and the ability to manipulate molecules both large and small are rapidly accelerating medical innovations. By employing genetic engineering to empower immune cells, scientist-physicians are bringing new treatment options to people with cancer. Mapping the neural circuitry involved in mood disorders points the way towards deep brain stimulation as a successful therap...

East Lawn Tent — Plenary Session
12:30pm–01:20pm MT
2022 Health
Synthetic Biology and Future Humans

The future is upon us. Synthetic biology harnesses the power of nature to redesign organisms, allowing us to heal without prescription medicine, manipulate viruses to correct genetic defects, grow new body parts, produce meat without animals, and confront the looming climate catastrophe. But a field that brings together the principles of engineering and computer coding, the capacity to synthesize...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
1:40pm–02:30pm MT
2022 Health
Microbes, Diet, and Immunity Dancing Together

Knowledge about the human microbiome, those trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that inhabit our bodies, is revolutionizing medicine just as mapping the human genome continues to do. Indeed, what we are learning could take us even further because the microbiome can be altered by diet, exercise, and stress control. Computational biology, DNA sequencing, and other analytical technique...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
7:00pm–08:00pm MT
2022 Health
Preparing for a 100-Year Lifespan

Living until age 100 may soon be routine, but for most people that will not be enough—we also want to remain vigorous and engaged in both body and mind. To thrive, we need to start thinking early about the “map of life” that can guide us through the many stages of a century-long journey. Finding our way means making the right personal choices but also requires a shift in societal institutions and...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Evening Session
Friday, June 24th
9:00am–09:50am MT
2022 Health
Report from the Cancer Battlefield, 50 Years Later

In 2021—five decades after President Richard Nixon declared a War on Cancer—some 1.9 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and the scourge killed more than 600,000 Americans. Yet we have made extraordinary progress on the battlefront in the same time frame. Childhood leukemia can often be cured, death rates for colorectal, cervical, and prostate cancer have fallen by half, and treatment advances...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
11:10am–12:00pm MT
2022 Health
Overhauling Women’s Healthcare

Reproductive health, critical though it is, is not the sum of women’s health. The distinctive development of female bodies across the lifespan requires targeted study to uncover the pathways of acute and chronic conditions and the treatments that will control or cure them. Women generally live longer than men, but are at greater risk of osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke, and their hear...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
12:30pm–01:20pm MT
2022 Health
Francis Collins: Moving American Science Forward

The recent leaps of science—sequencing the human genome, advancing the world-changing technology of CRISPR, deepening knowledge of the brain—owe much to Francis Collins’s brilliant mind and steady hand. Who better, then, to talk about what transformative discoveries come next? Genomics, immunotherapy, precision medicine, new uses for mRNA technology, and other interdisciplinary, silo-busting effor...

Greenwald Pavilion — Plenary Session
4:00pm–04:50pm MT
2022 Health
Can Medicine Become More Equitable?

In its landmark 2002 study, Unequal Treatment, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated bluntly that racial and ethnic minorities receive lower-quality health services than white Americans. Two decades after the IOM called out structural racism, the devastating toll remains apparent in the uneven risks associated with COVID, diabetes, asthma, cancer, stroke, and pregnancy. Pain medicines are still p...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
Saturday, June 25th
9:00am–09:50am MT
2022 Health
Gen Z Innovators Changing the World

Amazing discoveries are happening in the garages and high school science classes of young pioneers. A 17-year-old invented color-changing stitches, dyed with beet juice, to provide early warning signs of infection. A Time Magazine “Kid of the Year” is building a device to detect contaminants in the water supply and using AI to call out cyberbullying. Another teenager developed a global COVID-19 ca...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
2022 Health
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Presents: Imaging the Future of Science

Virtual Presentation: Imagine a doctor being able to watch, in real time, as white blood cells attack cancer cells in a patient, or seeing exactly how the leukocytes replicate as they fight off the cancer. It would fundamentally change how they understand and treat disease. Today, the technologies that would enable this kind of understanding do not exist—nor do the academic systems that would ince...

East Lawn Tent — Plenary Session
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