Transformers: Medicine
On Sept. 14, The Washington Post analyzed advances in sciences and technology that are transforming medicine and examined innovations in finance and health care that could make treatments more affordable and accessible.
Program Highlights
NIH Director Francis Collins tells The Washington Post's Lenny Bernstein that the Administration ran out of money to fund clinical trials of Zika vaccines.
Johns Hopkins University engineer Michael McLoughlin told The Washington Post Wednesday that advancements in technologies should force us to rethink the definition of what is considered a disability in today’s society. “In the prosthetics world, we’ve seen people argue about whether or not somebody with a prosthetic leg has an unfair advantage over somebody that’s able-bodied,” McLoughlin said. “Just imagine when we are able to actually communicate via the brain. Somebody that has a disability may be far more superior than any of us.”
Former White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said Wednesday that there’s an “mismatch” when it comes to patient data standards among the private sector and that the federal government should play a role in closing those loopholes. “We don’t have common standards to give patients their own data and to share it with whoever they want,” Chopra said. “The U.S. model is that the private sector is supposed to step up and sort through all these thorny, inner operability standards issues. During my tenure for President Obama we clarified that there are often gaps and when there are gaps the federal government can convene and call the industry to action.”
National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told The Post’s Lenny Bernstein the Administration “ran out of money” to fund Zika vaccine trials and that funding Zika research has impacted other disease funding, including cancer and Alzheimer’s research. "If we have no money we can't keep running the trial," Collins said.
  • Sep 17, 2016
Speakers
Dr. Francis Collins
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In that role he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.
Michael McLoughlin
Mike McLoughlin is the Chief Engineer for the Research and Exploratory Development Department, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is the Principal Investigator for the Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program (RP) and leads efforts to transition RP related technologies to clinical and nonclinical applications.
Mary Spio
Former Boeing Deep Space Engineer with Multiple Patented technologies. Spio’s company CEEK VR has partnered with Miami Children’s Hospital to create VR Medical Training including the first ever infant, toddler and adult Virtual Reality Training.
Tarun Kapoor
Dr. Tarun Kapoor is the Pels Family Professor and Head of Laboratory at the Rockefeller University. Dr. Kapoor’s research investigates molecular mechanisms underlying cancer with the goal of developing new and effective therapies.
Max Wallace
Max has served as Chief Executive Officer of ABC2 since August, 2008. Prior to ABC2, Max served as Chief Executive Officer of TheraLogics, an anti-cancer biopharmaceutical company based on technology developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tim Gronniger
Tim Gronniger is a senior advisor to the CMS Administrator and director of delivery system reform at CMS.
Aneesh Chopra
Aneesh Chopra is the CEO of NavHealth, an open-sourced health data company in Virginia. Prior, he was the first-ever Chief Technology Officer of the White House.
Moderators
Alison Snyder
Alison Snyder is a writer and producer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Scientific American, The Scientist and The Lancet. Before joining the Post, she was a senior editor and senior producer at Newsweek & The Daily Beast.
Amy Goldstein
Amy Goldstein is a staff writer for The Post, where she writes nationally about social policy issues. Her pieces focus on health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, welfare, housing, and the strains placed on the social safety net by the recent recession.
Lenny Bernstein
Lenny Bernstein covers health and medicine. He started as an editor on the Post's National Desk in 2000 and has worked in Metro and Sports.
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