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TEDMED 2014 Will Be “Unlocking Imagination
in Service of Health and Medicine”

For the first time, TEDMED will take place simultaneously on two iconic stages in Washington, DC and San Francisco with international distribution to more than 100 countries 

TEDMED releases roster of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, innovators and partners

STAMFORD, CT, AUG. 14, 2014 – TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the famous TED movement, today released its agenda, speaker roster and innovator line-up for its annual conference, which will take place for the first time on two stages September 10-12, 2014 in what is shaping up to be the most ambitious and impactful TEDMED gathering yet.

In Washington, DC, the event will again be hosted at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -- while in San Francisco, the gathering will convene at the Palace of Fine Arts. Delegates in both cities will experience TEDMED speakers from the other stage through live, digital hi-definition simulcasts. TEDMED Live, which provides streaming video access to medical schools, teaching hospitals, selected non-profit organizations and government agencies free of charge, will broadcast the unified stage program to more than 100 countries, where it will be seen by an estimated 100,000 people globally.

“TEDMED is passionately committed to inspiring the innovative thinking that will lead to a healthier world for our planet’s seven billion people,” said TEDMED Curator and Chairman Jay Walker. “Our theme, unlocking imagination in health and medicine, focuses on imagination as the critical ingredient that is taking scientific progress and humanitarian compassion to the next level.”

A world-class roster of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers

TEDMED’s 2014 speaker roster reflects an ongoing commitment to spotlight the science that drives medical progress. TEDMED’s curation team of medical doctors, scientists, public health experts, technologists and business leaders vetted thousands of nominations to select 80 speakers and performers.

“Our program features respected authorities in important medical fields, along with undiscovered voices whose ideas are credible, provocative, and promise transformative impact in health and medicine,” said TEDMED Director of Stage Content, Nassim Assefi. “Our speakers will tackle exciting and fascinating topics from nanotechnology to bio-inspiration. They will also confront some of the most controversial issues in public health, from gun violence and illegal drug use to compensated organ donation.”

Notably, this year’s speaker roster is 51% female and 49% male.  Speakers represent 20 nations from around the globe.

The 2014 TEDMED stage program is organized around nine distinct themes, each designed to provoke fresh thinking and unlock participants’ imagination. Sessions range from “Turn it Upside Down,” where speakers will address insights that flip beliefs and question standard operating procedures in health and medicine, to “Don’t You Dare Talk About This,” which will ask difficult questions and tackle controversial issues that people are reluctant to discuss publicly, or even acknowledge as problems.  The complete list of sessions, themes, hosts and speakers can be found at

A few of the more than 80 speakers and performers across both stages are:

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, will share the amazing medical insights and technology that have put her on the cutting edge of high-tech diagnostics.

Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, will offer a provocative but science-supported view of the drug abuse crisis.

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, U.S. Army Surgeon General, the first woman and first nurse to serve in the position, will discuss how healthcare’s toughest battle may be aggressively addressing the mistakes and shortcomings of caregivers.

Nadine Burke Harris, founding physician at the Bayview Child Health Center and founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness, will reveal a little-understood factor in childhood that profoundly impacts much adult-onset disease.
Abraham Verghese, Provostial Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, will share compelling, original insights into the impact of language on health.

The Hive:  Forward-thinking entrepreneurs and scalable innovations

In addition to its world-class speaker line-up, TEDMED is known for providing opportunities for event participants to meet with the most visionary entrepreneurs in health and medicine and for showcasing the game-changing innovations they represent.

“We’re very fortunate to attract successful entrepreneurs from inside and outside the health industry who are joining the health and medicine revolution,” said Shirley Bergin, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, TEDMED.    “These innovators are bringing proven talents and multi-disciplinary experience, enabling new ideas and addressing existing problems with new technology and solutions.”

At TEDMED 2014, the focus on entrepreneurship and innovation is embodied in The Hive, an informal social environment featuring the innovative ideas that can transform health and medicine. The Hive spotlights innovations across the healthcare landscape from biotech and life sciences, health IT, mobile and digital health and more. Featured companies include (click here for a complete list):

  • CureLauncher is a service and platform that transforms the way patients in need are matched with clinical trials that fit their conditions.
  • Not Impossible rallies techno-wizards and medical professionals to disrupt the status quo by using a DIY mentality to reach people in need all over the world.
  • QuantuMDx has developed a pocket-sized lab that delivers your DNA-based medical diagnosis in minutes – even if you’re 100 miles from the nearest hospital.
  • Remedy offers a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform leverages Google Glass to enable remote experts to see through the eyes of on-site physicians and weigh in on procedures, treatment plans, or diagnoses.
  • ThriveOn delivers personalized mental health support from licensed professionals to patients anywhere, through their online platform.

“TEDMED believes the most exciting hotbeds of new ideas are environments that function as a hive mind – a place where people, innovations, concepts and provocative questions collide, blend, merge, bounce off each other, and inspire further iterations and groundbreaking new insights,” continued Shirley Bergin.  “These cutting-edge technologies and disruptive solutions point the way to a healthier tomorrow.”

Partnerships with industry leaders and innovators make TEDMED possible

One of TEDMED’s greatest strengths is the passionate and generous community that contributes so much to make the annual gathering possible. Individuals and organizations alike contribute their time, thinking, resources, moral support, encouragement and skills, and talents because they share TEDMED’s vision of a better tomorrow in health and medicine. 

“Our profound and enduring gratitude goes out to our partners for their thought leadership and mission alignment in creating this powerful, global gathering,” said TEDMED CEO Jose Suarez.

Abbott, as TEDMED’s first global partner, allows TEDMED to “unlock imagination in service of health and medicine” coast to coast with the organization’s first simultaneous, dual-coast event. (Additional TEDMED partners will be announced shortly.)

The American Medical Association, with its rich legacy of promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health, is pleased to join TEDMED 2014 in our relentless pursuit to improve the health of the nation.

Stanford Medicineand the University of California, San Francisco help put the MED in TEDMED, supporting TEDMED’s mission to take scientific progress and humanitarian compassion to the next level.

The California Endowment has made possible TEDMED’s expansion to the West Coast.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the powerhouse of TEDMED’s year-round Great Challenges program, which convenes a diverse online community to explore the thorniest public health issues.

Steelcase Health, TEDMED’s design partner, designed created the social spaces that support health and collaboration.

TEDMED is also supported by its Corporate Innovation Patrons: AstraZeneca, Autodesk, AARP, Blue Shield of California, Booz Allen Hamilton, Digitas Health, Google, GuideWell, Pfizer, StartUp Health Network and the American Beverage Association. These companies provide generous assistance that allows TEDMED to continue bringing together innovative thinkers and doers at its annual gathering.

Delegate Experiences: Connecting and inspiring the TEDMED community

Highlights of a TEDMED gathering include many opportunities for Delegates to explore new ideas and share perspectives. Engagement platforms include the Campfire, a dedicated “social catalyst hub” in The Hive powered by Giant; Beyond the Stage, a series of opportunities for Delegates and speakers to have person-to-person discussions around the important topics explored; Topic-centric Lunches, offsite culinary experiences where Delegates will explore provocative topics inspired by the stage program with Luminary Labs supporting social collaboration; TEDMED Bookstore and author book signings courtesy of Politics and Prose in Washington, DC and Book Passage in San Francisco; Simulcast and Social Lounges supported by TEDMED’s global, contributing and host city partners; Imagination Community Art Installation reflecting the TEDMED community’s global response to the question, “How do you imagine a healthier world?” powered by TBWA\WorldHealth, which also developed the TEDMED mobile app; Lab Testing Reinvented by Theranos; The Great Challenges Program, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Bacteriography, a pop-style, bacteria-based art exhibit created by speaker Zachary Copfer; and Evening Celebrations, TEDMED’s popular social dinners at iconic offsite venues in each city.

Applications are open to join TEDMED 2014.  Anyone who is passionate about creating a healthier world is encouraged to apply to attend in San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC. Special rates are available for military and government personnel. To apply, click here.

If you are a reporter with an assignment from a national media outlet, please click here for information about press passes.


TEDMED is the annual multi-disciplinary gathering where leaders from all sectors of society come together to explore the promise of technology and potential of human achievement in health and medicine. Bringing together doctors, patients, policymakers, technologists, educators, students, media, researchers, innovators, and many others, TEDMED shares and celebrates the best of what the world has to offer in health and medicine.

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Stanford joins TEDMED as medical research institution partner; TEDMED names Palace of Fine Arts as San Francisco venue

| Author: TEDMED | Publication: PR Newswire

TEDMED and Stanford Medicine forge important partnership as TEDMED prepares for first-ever convening at iconic San Francisco landmark as part of unified two-city event this September 10-12

TEDMED and Top Medical Research Institutions to Create One Simultaneous, Annual "Live Event" On 7 Stages Around the World

| Author: TEDMED | Publication: PR Newswire

UC San Francisco Becomes TEDMED’s First Medical Research Institution Partner San Francisco Selected as the First Live Multi-City Host Location To Team With Current Washington, DC Site, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts TEDMED to Convene First Live Multi-City Event September 10–12, 2014

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The Experience of TEDMED 2013

Date: 06, May 2013 | Author: Dr. Cindy Haines | Publication: Huffington Post

It began for me with a crouton. Not just any crouton, mind you, but perhaps the best crouton I've ever had. I don't know how it came to be so good, but I do know that this crouton was selected with care, diligently adhering to a food strategy that would help a sea of health care devotees view the "health tool" of food selection through a different lens. And that's what TEDMED does best: help us see things through a different lens.

TEDMED 2013 Moments

| Author: Pioneer Blog Team | Publication: RWJF Blog

"TEDMED is the Burning Man for health aficionados," said Robin Hogen, RWJF's vice president for communications, one of several RWJF team members who attended the event in Washington, D.C., last week. The event brings together "public health advocates, clinicians, biomedical researchers, break-the-mold thinkers, prodigies, grateful patients and artists," Hogen said. 

TEDMED Day 4 – Harnessing Our Data, and Motorcycles, to Work for Us

Date: 25, April 2013 | Author: Medgadget Editors | Publication: Medgadget

The final day of last week’s TEDMED 2013 consisted of two sessions, tastefully interspersed with self-reflection and humor by the curators. The first session, “Hiding in Plain Sight,” looked forward to new developments in technology, and data analysis in particular, that can give us new capabilities in healthcare.

The Biggest "Big Ideas" At TEDMED 2013

Date: 24, April 2013 | Author: Ken Congdon | Publication: Healthcare Technology Online

I had the pleasure of attending the TEDMED conference last week in Washington DC. I never experienced the event before, but I heard a lot about it. Everyone told me that TEDMED would be unlike any other conference I’ve ever attended. And it was.

TEDMED 2013 Day 3: From Scuba Diving Wheelchair to Death Over Dinner

Date: 22, April 2013 | Author: Medgadget Editors | Publication: Medgadget

Day three of TEDMED 2013 kicked off with “Session X,” which was a special session focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, and consisted of a spirited panel discussion of two hot topics.

Tips from the trenches: 5 lessons for health tech entrepreneurs

Date: 18, April 2013 | Author: Ki Mae Heussner | Publication: Gigaom

Seasoned entrepreneurs and investors in health technology give emerging startups a dose of advice.

Mobile health startups talk innovation, acquisition

Date: 18, April 2013 | Author: Jonah Comstock | Publication: MobiHealthNews

The TEDMED organizers tried something new this year: they dedicated Thursday morning to some unscripted meetings of the minds about innovation in healthcare. 

Day 2 @ TEDMED 2013, Washington D.C. #LiveUpdate

Date: 18, April 2013 | Author: Alessandro Demaio, MD MPH | Publication: PLOS

There is a lot of discussion about data here at TEDMED 2013, and this is no great surprise. Big data, small data, open data, crowdsourced data – this is the information backbone of science and the key to breakthroughs and innovation.

TEDMED 2013 Day 1 – The Paradox of Design in Medicine and Inspiration from Seventy-Two Thousand Nadis

Date: 17, April 2013 | Author: Medgadget Editors | Publication: Medgadget

We’re here at TEDMED 2013, excited to be part of a unique group of people passionate about the future of medicine and curious to walk the path that will take us there. We’ll be reporting through the rest of the week on the talks, demos, and people that make TEDMED the world’s premier medical conference.

The road to #TEDMED 2013 via Twitter

Date: 15, April 2013 | Author: KATHLEEN POULOS | Publication: In Crowd Know How

During the run up to TEDMED we've been following the chatter on Twitter and thought a few highlights from the last couple of weeks would be a good way to set the stage for TEDMED 2013.

A Glimpse into The Smartphone Physical

Date: 15, April 2013 | Author: Shiv Gaglani | Publication: Medgadget

This week at TEDMED 2013, Medgadget is excited to partner with Nurture, TEDMED, and a team of clinician-students to debut the “Smartphone Physical,” a collection of smartphone-based devices that can gather clinically-relevant information, ranging from blood pressure to pulmonary function. We’re excited because we’ve been covering many of these devices from their birth to their adoption, and are now reporting on their integration into a whole that is larger than the sum of its individual parts.

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TEDMED 2012 Highlights and some Ideas for Community Building

Date: 23, April 2012 | Author: Stephen Johnston | Publication: Aging 2.0

I was lucky enough to go to my third TEDMED event recently. Following the previous two at the delightful Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, this was the first that Jay Walker had created in keeping with his vision to make it the Davos of healthcare, and I have to say, it’s on its way

How I Fell In Love at TEDMED

Date: 16, April 2012 | Author: Marya Zilberberg, MD | Publication: The Health Care Blog

Over the exhilarating four days this past week, we all fell in love a little bit — with the city, the Center, the meeting, the ideas, and one another. The city was Washington, DC, a touch past its cherry-blossom blush; the meeting was, of course, TEDMED

The 4 I’s of TEDMED 2012: Innovation, Imagination, Inspiration, and Icons

Date: 13, April 2012 | Author: Patricia Salber | Publication: TDWI

TEDMED: How to Succeed in Healthcare

Date: 13, April 2012 | Author: Adam P. Silverstein | Publication: WCG

Here’s the secret to succeeding in business. Ready? First, make a good product that works well and is delivered efficiently. Second, never forget how important your customers are, or you’ll lose them. Repeat

TEDMED and Innovation in Healthcare

Date: 12, April 2012 | Author: Jason Brandt | Publication: Pixels & Pills

How important is innovation in healthcare? If you listent to the attendees of this year’s TEDMED conference it’s one of the top priorities for our industry

Medicine Needs a Dose of Creative Thinking

Date: 11, April 2012 | Author: Susan Young | Publication: Technology Review

Oncologist and theoretician Jacob Scott argues that creative minds are weeded out by medical school admissions panels

TEDMED 2012 Recap

Date: 15, April 2012 | Author: Alejandro Marcano | Publication: MedCrunch

Like children who were suddenly forced to go home after spending three and a half days in Disney World, the delegates slowly made their ways towards the exit of the J.F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts as one of the greatest conferences for healthcare innovation concluded

TEDMED 2012 Day 1 – Acrobats, Identity, and Einstein’s Ritalin

Date: 11, April 2012 | Author: Shiv Gaglani | Publication: MedGadget

Medgadget is at TEDMED 2012 in Washington D.C. and we’re excited that we did not have to wait a full year to experience the magic again. Though it’s only been six months since TEDMED 2011 in San Diego, much more has changed than the venue and season

Can the Innovator Class Save Healthcare?

Date: 16, April 2012 | Author: David Ewing Duncan | Publication: The Atlantic

TEDMED brought a relentless optimism about healthcare reform to a city of tired ideas. More is needed, however, to make a difference in Washington, DC

Scientists become superstars as TEDMED moves to Washington

Date: 14, April 2012 | Author: Brian Vastag | Publication: The Washington Post

Somewhere it is written that the nerds shall inherit the Earth. They got off to a good start last week by taking over the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for three days of provocation and performance art aimed at spreading new ideas among the well-connected and influential in the worlds of health and medicine

First Impressions of Our Future Health: Thoughts From TEDMED 2012

Date: 13, April 2012 | Author: Dr. Cindy Haines | Publication: Huffington Post

This week, I have seen a potential future of the nation's health -- and heard from and interacted with some of the players that are trying to impact and improve it

TEDMED 2012 Liveblog

Date: 11, April 2012 | Author: Sarah Klein | Publication: Huffington Post

From April 10 to 13, Healthy Living editors join some of the most creative and innovative minds in the health and medical field for TEDMED 2012 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C

TEDMED Thursday: Sex, 'Poo Tea' and ALS

Date: 11, April 2012 | Author: Scott Hensley | Publication: NPR

It takes more than a convoy of fire engines and an evacuation of the Kennedy Center first thing to stop TEDMED

Medical Tattoo Looks to Replace Bulky Devices

Date: 12, April 2012 | Author: Lara Salahi | Publication: ABC News

Gone may be the days of substantial and at times clunky medical objects like a hard metal pacemaker placed next to the heart or electrodes implanted within the brain

A Taste of #TEDMED 2012: Appetizers

Date: 17, April 2012 | Author: Judy Stone | Publication: Scientific American

TEDMED 2012 had it all. What seemed initially like disparate sessions later proved to be a carefully planned series that wove together important themes for making a healthier future

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TEDMED 2011 is Over — What Now?

Date: 04, November 2011 | Author: Kate Petty | Publication: Ashoka Changemakers

Exoskeletons, prosthetic eyes, and an open-heart surgery tool controlled by an iPhone: Last week's TEDMED 2011 conference delivered its trademark glimpse into the future of technology, medicine, and ideas.

TEDMED speakers say it's time to start harnessing power of new technologies

Date: 26, October 2011 | Author: Elizabeth Malloy | Publication: The Daily Transcript

If the last 30 years have been a whirlwind of medical and technological advancements, a theme at this year's TEDMED conference has been harnessing that innovation and putting it to use.

TEDMED 2011 A Neurosurgeon's Take

Date: 02, November 2011 | Author: Dr. Allen Sills | Publication: Vanderbilt Health

Dr. Allen Sills, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center neurosurgeon, offers his take on TEDMed 2011. Sills was among a team of Vanderbilt surgeons and engineers attending the gathering of thought leaders in technology, medicine and health.

TEDMED Day 4 – Nano Shapes and Confronting Death

Date: 31, October 2011 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: medGadget

TEDMED 2011 finished up with a short morning session for attendees to learn just a little bit more before they checked out of the Del and headed out of San Diego. On the whole, the TEDMED crew once again pulled off a spectacular conference.

TEDMED Day 3 – Mushroom Loving Insects and FDA Blues

Date: 28, October 2011 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: medGadget

We’re here at TEDMED 2011 and have just finished up day three of the conference. It was a spectacular. Yesterday (day 2) was solid and today (day 3) was stellar.

TEDMED Day 2 – Glow in the Dark Tumors that Blind Rats Can Now See

Date: 27, October 2011 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: medGadget

We’ve just wrapped up day two at TEDMED, retiring to our rooms after a beach clambake at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado.

TEDMED Day 1 – Pop it, Lock it, and Take a Statin

Date: 26, October 2011 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: medGadget

Medgadget's coverage of TEDMED has one simple goal: to give you a synopsis of each day so that you can get the TEDMED highlights from afar.

Health is a system. To solve for health, we must address food, cities, government, work, life, medicine, devices, pathogens, etc. Systems thinking is a shift for many scientists and doctors trained to operate by process of elimination, honing in on a single thing.

Date: 28, October 2011 | Author: Margaret Coughlin | Publication: Vector – Children's Hospital Boston's Blog

A core ideal of the TEDMED conference. I’m in a senior strategic marketing position at Children's Hospital Boston, in a healthcare world in dire need of solutions. What can I do as an individual to spark disruption, change the course?

TEDMED 2011: 10 Takeaways

Date: 01, November 2011 | Author: Sara Holaubek | Publication: Luminary Labs

Health is a system. To solve for health, we must address food, cities, government, work, life, medicine, devices, pathogens, etc. Systems thinking is a shift for many scientists and doctors trained to operate by process of elimination, honing in on a single thing.

Open Heart Surgery of the Future

Date: 28, October 2011 | Author: Gitika Ahuja | Publication: ABC News

More than half a million people in the U.S. undergo heart surgery every year. It has become a common and mostly successful surgery, but whenever I hear how it's actually done, it shocks me.

How to innovate? Be fearless

Date: 26, October 2011 | Author: Elizabeth Landau | Publication: CNN Health

Peter Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE, believes there is about to be a revolution in how we innovate.

Coming to a Computer Near You… Your Body in 3-D

Date: 28, October 2011 | Author: Gitika Ahuja | Publication: ABC News

Think of it as Pixar meets the National Institutes of Health: A new health initiative designed by internationally renowned art director and technologist Alexander Tsiaras and wellness Guru Dr. Deepak Chopra that aims to visually decipher through images and storytelling all the things going on inside the human body, or as Tsiaras puts it, the marvel of how we are made.

Mushrooms Help the Immune System Fight Cancer? Interview with Paul Stamets, Mycologist

Date: 02, November 2011 | Author: Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Publication: The Huffington Post

When many of us think of mushrooms, we may think of culinary delights such as Portobello and Shiitake, or we may think of those "magic mushrooms." But the implication of mushrooms is absolutely profound.

Top 3 Good-for-Your-Health Gadgets

Date: 27, October 2011 | Author: Gitika Ahuja | Publication: ABC News

Here in the Social Lounge at TedMed 2011 are booths everywhere highlighting new, emerging technologies all geared to help us all live better lives. Here is a sneak peak at a few health lifestyle apps that will soon hit the market.

TEDMED: A whole bunch of genius

Date: 25, October 2011 | Author: Elizabeth Landau | Publication: CNN Health

Where can you learn about the latest innovations in technology, science, health and medical research from the people behind the discoveries – some of the most influential thought leaders in their fields? At TEDMED, the annual meeting of minds...

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TEDMED 2010 - Day 4 - Ozzy Osbourne, Greg Lucier, AJ Jacobs, and More

Date: 29, October 2010 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: Medgadget

TEDMED wrapped up with a morning that opened and closed with musician Jill Sobule, and was filled with talks ranging from Astronaut Scott Parazynski, Life Technologies CEO Greg Lucier, to musician Ozzy Osbourne, who got his whole genome sequenced by Knome.

TEDMED 2010 - Day 3 - Danny Hillis, Dean Kamen, David, and More

Date: 29, October 2010 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: Medgadget

Day three was packed, with over twenty talks between 8am - 7:30pm, ranging from Frank Gehry talking about his memory in his old age to Danny Hillis describing his views on a shifting paradigm in cancer treatment, away from genes and towards proteins. In traditional TEDMED fashion, the day started with entertainment.

TEDMED 2010 - Day 2 - Thomas Goetz, Craig Venter, Alex Berenstein, and More

Date: 28, October 2010 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: Medgadget

Wow. What a long but eventful day, full of family values lessons from Mehmet Oz, the genesis of synthetic life by Craig Venter, and a history and future of interventional radiology by Alex Berenstein. Oh, and of course what conference would be complete without a blood draw by CVS, some DNA sequencing by 23andMe, and the discovery that your Medgadget editor Gene Ostrovsky had a few fourth cousins in the audience (as discovered by last year's 23andMe genetic test).

TEDMED 2010 - Day 1 - Shaf Keshavjee, Nathan Myhrvoid, Nathan Wolfe, and More

Date: 27, October 2010 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: Medgadget

We're here. TEDMED 2010. If you remember last year's coverage, we ran a summary post at the end of each day. We think it's the best way to truly capture the full day at TEDMED, but keep in mind that we'll also be running individual posts on the technologies, innovations, and ideas we found to be the most fascinating.

Gadgets and Ideas to Revolutionize Healthcare

Date: 04, November 2010 | Author: Aaron Rowe | Publication: Wired Magazine

The TEDMED conference gave 400 people a glimpse at the future of healthcare last week, bringing together an eclectic group of innovators, from photographers to stem cell experts, each with a different point to make.

Lungs singing, breathing, and more at TEDMED

Date: 27, October 2010 | Author: Elizabeth Landau | Publication:

TEDMED 2010 has had only three full sessions so far, and already new ideas about everything from organ transplantation to cooking to education have taken the stage in innovative ways.

What's next for how we diagnose and treat diseases?

Date: 27, October 2010 | Author: Keith Darce | Publication: San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego biologist Craig Venter has opened windows into the human experience with his work on sequencing the human genome and constructing artificial life. But he told a crowd of business executives, engineers, researchers and curious thinkers in Coronado Wednesday that vast new worlds remain to be discovered. Just start with the microorganisms that live inside and outside each person, he said.

TEDMED conference comes to Coronado

Date: 25, October 2010 | Author: Janet Lavelle | Publication: San Diego Union-Tribune

What do rocker Ozzy Osbourne, genomicist Nathaniel Pearson and astronaut Scott Parazynski have in common? They'll all be speaking at the TEDMED conference in Coronado on Friday morning.

TEDMED on owning death: Sekou and Steve perform, Alexandra Drane on Engage with Grace

Date: 28, October 2010 | Author: e-Patient Dave | Publication:

Yesterday I posted about the Tuesday night opening by lung transplant recipient Charity Tillemann-Dick, who inspired us to a standing ovation. Wednesday opened with an even stronger response to a new performance by poet/performance artist Sekou and his partner Steve Connell. I can best describe it as a powerful jazz poetry duet about our final years and the onset of death. Here's a snapshot from Martha Stewart's Tweetstream. (Yeah, that Martha.)

TEDMED: A meeting of minds

Date: 27, October 2010 | Author: Elizabeth Landau | Publication:

The most powerful moments of TEDMED don't necessarily happen in the lecture hall, Hodosh said. And the audience is just as distinguished as the speakers - Martha Stewart, AOL founder Steve Case, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak were among those who were just there to listen to the talks in October.

TEDMED 2010: Medicine tries some new ideas

Date: 27, October 2010 | Author: Mariette DiChristina | Publication: Scientific American

Not everything you try will work, but you need to try lots of ideas. That was advice here from Nathan Myhrvold , founder of Intellectual Ventures and former chief technology officer at Microsoft, on the opening evening of the TEDMED conference, held from October 27 through 29.

TEDMED Press Pass Requirements

Space is very limited so press passes are allocated to news outlets with viewership, circulation and influence that can be verified through third-party companies such as Nielsen, Rentrak, Audit Bureau of Circulation, Comscore or similar.

We regret that we do not have space to seat trade journals and newsletter reporters. Please apply for a pass at a Simulcast location or consider hosting a Simulcast location.

Only editorial staff at news outlets can be considered for a press pass. Titles that include: Publishing, Advertising, Media Planning, Strategic Planning and other non-editorial functions are not eligible to receive a press pass.

We receive multiple requests for press passes from the same news outlets with offices in multiple cities. Please consult with the head of medical, health and scientific editorial units at your outlet to coordinate requests for press passes.

Journalists who received credentials to cover TEDMED 2013 must submit a request to cover TEDMED 2014.

Priority consideration will be given to reporters who actively covered TEDMED 2013 during the conference, or shortly after the conclusion of the conference and are still working in editorial positions at the same outlet. If your story appeared after May 31, 2013, it is helpful to submit links to your articles/segments.

Freelancers/contributors who are not full time with a bona fide media outlet cannot apply directly. Please have an editor at the news outlet you will be working for apply on your behalf.

Any person with an email extension that ends in,, and similar falls under freelance/contributor status. If you have an email extension at work that matches the name of the outlet you are applying to write/cover for, please use it to expedite your application.

Freelancers may be required to also submit PDFs or links to recent and relevant health, medical and scientific stories/segments.

If you meet these requirements, please click "continue" below to submit an application.

IMPORTANT: Press pass applications will be accepted and reviewed starting in June, 2014. We recommend that you mark your calendar to apply for a press pass in early June, 2014.