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Join the global conversation about what is new and important in health and medicine.

High-definition simulcast from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and the University of California, San Francisco.


Let the world's most creative minds take you on a journey of possibilities in health and medicine.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura


Don’t You Dare Talk About This

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
This session will raise controversial issues in health and medicine that many people are reluctant to discuss publicly. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session.  


Sigrid Fry-Revere - Organ Donation Ethicist READ BIO
Patricia Horoho - Army Surgeon General READ BIO
Elizabeth Kenny - Patient Performer READ BIO
Carl Hart - Drug Data Dealer READ BIO
Amy Baxter - Pain Deflector READ BIO
Leana Wen - Transparent Physician READ BIO
Heather Raffo - Global Witness / Artistic Healer READ BIO

Play Is Not a Waste of Time

1:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
This session reveals the many ways that imagination rewards us, specifically how health and medicine are enhanced through the extraordinary power of play. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session. 


Gerardo Contino - Cuban Musician READ BIO
Kayt Sukel - Edgy Science Writer READ BIO
Rupa & The April Fishes - Rock Star Hospitalist / Rebel Musician READ BIO
Carla Pugh - Haptic Educator READ BIO
Jill Vialet - Recess Champion READ BIO
Cole Galloway - Pediatric Motor Learning Scientist & Designer READ BIO
Howard Rose - Health Games Designer READ BIO

Stealing Smart

4:45 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.
The session demonstrates how some of the best solutions to problems in health and medicine come from other worlds than the domain where the problem originated or is usually addressed. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session.


Nina Tandon - Tissue Engineer READ BIO
Nora Volkow - Explorer of the Human Brain READ BIO
Zachary Copfer - Bio-Artist READ BIO
Brian Primack - Media and Medicine Researcher READ BIO
Ramanan Laxminarayan - Drug Resistance Economist READ BIO
Dominick Farinacci - Worldly Trumpeter READ BIO
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz - Zoobiquitous Physician READ BIO
Abraham Verghese - Attentive Physician / Passionate Storyteller READ BIO
Drew Lakatos - Trauma Prevention Technologist READ BIO
Leslie Morgan Steiner - Motherhood Investigator READ BIO
Stephen Goldner - Clinical Trials Matchmaker READ BIO