15 April 2013
TEDMEDLive comes to Bristol
Could the quantum computing revolution transform drug
development, are there new approaches for improving sleep and do
people benefit from being diagnosed with early-stage dementia?
These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the UK's
first TEDMEDLive Bristol event at the MShed on Thursday (18
TEDMEDLive Bristol will bring together some of Bristol and the
UK's leading thinkers, researchers and innovators and will be the
official launch of Bristol Health Partners. The event aims to
inspire and provoke, to share ideas and find ways to transform the
understanding of, and approach to, key health problems in Bristol
Professor Peter Mathieson, Director of Bristol Health Partners
and Dean of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bristol,
said: "TEDMEDLive Bristol will launch Bristol Health Partners,
which is a collaboration between four NHS Trusts, Bristol's two
universities and Bristol City Council, and it will bring a new
approach to the way that innovative health benefits will be
delivered to patients."
The event will open with Professor Peter Mathieson and Deborah
Evans, Chair of Bristol Health Partners, talking about the Bristol
health system and Bristol Health Partners.
During the day there will be a selection of talks by patients,
practitioners and academics on key health problems including the
role of the patient and prevention. There will also be speakers
ranging from an Executive Producer at Aardman Animations to a
Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. The
event will link in with worldwide coverage of the TEDMED 2013 event
in Washington DC.
David Relph, Head of Strategy and Business Planning at
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said:
"TEDMEDLive Bristol is about reframing the way health challenges
are faced and building the relationships to tackle them. We
hope that TEDMEDLive Bristol is the start of something bigger."
There will be 29 talks during the day, including:
- The quantum pharmacy - Professor Jeremy O'Brien will
outline some of the radical transformations in medicine that could
occur as a result of the quantum computing revolution.
- How vaccines really work - Professor Adam Finn will
explain how vital it is for people to gain a better understanding
of the importance and impact of vaccines if dangerous illnesses are
to be controlled.
- I don't like the way I look - Dr Nicky Rumsey will
argue it is crucial for society to challenge the 'beauty myths' to
- Thoughts that go bump in the night - Dr Matt Jones
will follow the case for new, non-invasive approaches to sleep and
how neuroscience might finesse the technologies that some people
swear by but many psychiatrists dismiss.
- Early dementia: a label too far - Dr Chris Fox will
discuss his roadmap proposal for dementia to guide healthcare
practitioners through this difficult area.
- This place is killing me - Professor Gabriel Scally
will throw a gauntlet to central and local government and the
private sector that they should devote more time, energy and
resources to designing healthy and sustainably built
TEDMEDLive Bristol will culminate with a People's Choice session
for the public on the evening of 18 April. Dementia:
does everyone want an early diagnosis? is the
subject voted by the people of Bristol as the biggest health
challenge facing the city. The debate between
Professor Derek Hill and Dr Chris Fox will be chaired by Dr Peter
Brindle and the event is in association with Bristol Festival of
TEDMEDLive Bristol will be streamed live online and the event can be followed on Twitter #tedmedbristol
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