Get a glimpse into medicine’s future during Yale’s interactive simulcast of TEDMEDLive

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Yale School of Medicine will host TEDMEDLive, a simulcast of the three-and-a-half day TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C., in April. A live stream of the event will be shown April 10–12 in Harkness Lounge, 367 Cedar St., and April 13 in Harkness Auditorium, 333 Cedar St.

This year’s TEDMED is a “grand gathering of 1,300 adventurous thinkers and doers, from 300 medical and nonmedical disciplines,” say the organizers. “For three exciting days, this uniquely diverse community explores the issues, challenges and innovations that will help shape the future of health and medicine.” Attendance at the event at Washington’s Kennedy Center is by invitation only, but more than 50,000 others are expected to participate through the HD simulcast at some 2,000 locations across the United States and abroad.

“TEDMED is the only place where a Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist has a conversation with a four-star general,” according to the TEDMED website, “where an opera singer (with a double lung transplant) chats with a NASA space physician … and where a ballet dancer talks to an exoskeleton designer.”

Speakers at the 2012 event include NIH director (and Yale alumnus) Francis S. Collins and the leaders of the Centers for Disease Control, American Red Cross, and American Cancer Society; the White House chief technology officer; and a host of students, residents, faculty physicians, scientists, biotechnology innovators, policy-makers, futurists, writers, and visual and performing artists. Also featured this year is Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street.”

Each simulcast session is two hours long and will consist of up to 15 presenters, who will speak for 3 to 15 minutes each. The list of speakers, still being updated, is available on the TEDMED website at

Members of the Yale community and affiliated organizations are invited to drop in for whatever portion of the program their schedules allow. The live stream will not be available on the Web.

One of the core concepts driving TEDMED is that it should be experienced as a group because its value derives from the conversations it sparks and from the shared experience. An interactive TEDMEDConnect app, available for download the week before the event, will enable simulcast participants to ask questions of speakers in real time. After a speaker’s talk, audience members can also use TEDMEDConnect to request additional information. The audience members will be invited to vote on what they believe are science’s greatest challenges today.

TEDMEDLive has been made possible with the support of the Association of American Medical Colleges and other sponsors.

Session schedule

Harkness Lounge, 367 Cedar St.

Session 1 — 5p.m., Tuesday April 10
Session 2 — 8:45 a.m., Wednesday April 11
Session 3 — 11:15 a.m., Wednesday April 11
Session 4 — 2:15 p.m., Wednesday April 11
Session 5 — 5 p.m., Wednesday April 11
Session 6 — 8:45 a.m., Thursday April 12
Session 7 — 11:15 a.m., Thursday April 12
Session 8 —  2:15 p.m., Thursday April 12
Session 9 — 5 p.m., Thursday April 12

Harkness Auditorium, 333 Cedar St.

Session 10 – 8:45 a.m., Friday April 13
Session 11 – 11:15 a.m., Friday April 13

For information, contact Kerry L. Falvey at 203-785-4672 or visit

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