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TEDMED conference explores new ideas in health and medicine

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Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 11, 2012

TEDMED is a four-day conference on forward-thinking healthcare issues being simulcast at Anschutz Medical Center

By Chris Casey | University Communications

AURORA, Colo. - Hearing about new ideas in biosciences and other healthcare issues drew Holli Riebel, president of the Colorado BioScience Association, to the TEDMED 2012 simulcast at Anschutz Medical Campus this morning.

"I've always wanted to go to a TED conference," Riebel said after a session that focused on bioscience, healthcare challenges and medical training. "This was a great opportunity to hear from thought leaders across the country."

TEDMED -- Technology, Entertainment and Design in the world of medicine and health care -- kicked off Tuesday evening and features pre-eminent leaders, performers and researchers in a four-day exchange of forward-thinking ideas. The conference is being held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with 100 sites around the country, including Anschutz Medical Campus, presenting all sessions via simulcast. Conference sessions continue through 11 a.m. MDT Friday.

Each 90-minute session consists of four to six presentations. They can be viewed for free in the Education Building 1, room 1500, and the Commons Cafe, first floor, Education Building 2. Click here for the complete schedule; please note that times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

The session simulcasts are being presented through a sponsorship by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Riebel said she liked the convenience of taking part of the conference -- simulcast viewers can submit questions for discussion -- from Colorado.

"It's always interesting to listen to people from outside with different opinions," she said. "I think it's always good for all of us to have an open mind and search out new ideas."

She especially enjoyed hearing Peggy Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, talk during this morning's session. Riebel said she heard Hamburg speak on the Anschutz Medical Campus last summer, addressing drug shortages, the FDA's fast-tracking program and various reforms.

"It's been really interesting to see what they've done since then," Riebel said. "Actually, the FDA approval process has improved."

After the morning session, Neil Krauss, director of administration, Anschutz Medical Campus, invited attendees to participate in one of five campus tours being offered during TEDMED. "It's to let people know about the forward-thinking activities we have going on on our campus," he said.

If you plan to attend any TEDMED sessions, please submit an RSVP to help the organizers track attendance and notify you about future TEDMED events on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Contact: christopher.casey@ucdenver.edu