2022 Schedule

Thursday, June 23rd
Thursday, June 23rd
9:00am–09:50am MT
2022 Health
Retail Medicine Takes Hold

The lane for healthcare is widening. Well-capitalized retail and technology companies are pushing services out of the clinic and into big-box stores, corner shops, and private homes. While they are out purchasing computers and clothing, shoppers can also schedule their check-ups, dental care, mental health counseling, and X-rays. Meanwhile, tech companies are reaching clients where they live, offe...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
10:00am–10:50am MT
2022 Health
Can Robots Combat Loneliness?

Robots cannot substitute for those we have lost, but they are increasingly finding their way into care settings and the homes of elderly people struggling with isolation and loneliness. Meet Pepper, described as “the world’s first social humanoid robot, able to recognize faces and basic human emotions… optimized for human interaction.” Robots that respond conversationally, tell jokes, sing and dan...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
11:10am–12:00pm MT
2022 Health
Ensuring COVID Vaccinations for All

Eighteen months after a COVID-19 vaccine became available, high-income countries had administered more than 200 doses per 100 people; in low-income countries, the figure was almost 90 percent less. Access to diagnostics and therapies has been likewise constricted, underscoring the imperative of new approaches to global health equity. Investing in local manufacturing and scientific capacity, bolste...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — 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
Venture Capital Predicts the Future

From Genentech’s advances in biotechnology to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, venture capital has long had a transformative influence on healthcare. Investors willing to put money on the table often have the most clear-eyed vision of the next big thing and in 2021, they poured more than $28 billion into the healthcare industry, almost doubling the previous year’s investments. Disruptive ideas are bubb...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — 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
2:50pm–03:40pm MT
2022 Health
Decolonizing Global Health

From the skewed impact of climate change on the nations that have contributed least to the problem to financing mechanisms that allow primary care services to languish in the poorest countries, inequitable patterns in global health and development are all too evident. To radically reimagine healthcare systems, we need to acknowledge lingering colonialism and commit to extinguishing it. That will r...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — 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
7:00pm–08:00pm MT
2022 Health
Children in Pain: Confronting the Youth Mental Health Crisis

Our children are in crisis. Globally, one in seven children, ages 10-19, has some kind of mental illness, notably depression, anxiety, or behavioral disorders. Horrifically, almost 19% of US high school students have given serious thought to suicide and an astonishing 9% have actually tried to kill themselves. To turn back that kind of despair, we need to listen to young people, understand their s...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Evening 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
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