Being an accidental pioneer in precision medicine | Matt Might | TEDxBirmingham
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What can you do when you have done everything possible? In this impactful talk, Matt Might helps us see that we can leverage science to do what was believed to be impossible. Since 2017, Matt Might has been at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he is the Director of the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute and a Professor of both Internal Medicine and Computer Science. Matt’s mission is to make precision medicine a reality for all patients. He is also a Scientific Advisor to brain-focused precision medicine company Q State Biosciences (after acquisition of his start-up Pairnomix).

In 2015, Matt joined the Biomedical Informatics at the Harvard Medical School, and from 2016 to 2018, he was a Strategist in the Executive Office of the President in The White House. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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Julia Espinosa challenges the anthropocentric view of how nonhuman animals sense and perceive the world, using domestic dogs as an example. Humans often view dogs as little humans. Yet, they are vastly different in some sensory abilities, such as sight and smell. By critically examining our assumptions about animal abilities, we can change how we view ourselves as well as our relationships to other animals. Prior to her PhD studies, Julia obtained an MSc in Animal Biosciences from the University of Guelph and has worked as veterinary assistant and dog trainer. Julia’s background in neuroscience, animal welfare, and dog behaviour have given her a unique position from which to investigate questions about animal cognition. Initially motivated to study animal minds in preparation for a career in veterinary medicine, she transitioned to psychology to focus on understanding the evolutionary origins of cognitive processes and emotions, particularly in man’s best friend. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
106 6 months ago
Madhumita Murgia chronicles the rising use of biological data - from faces to voices and DNA - by companies whose products we use every single day. By giving away this sensitive data for free, we open ourselves up to potential crimes, discrimination and even mass surveillance. She wants each one of us - anyone who uses the internet - to stand up and demand biometric rights, before it's too late. Madhumita is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about the effects of pervasive technologies on society. In 2013, she became interested in the spiderweb of companies that were tracking and selling personal data about our daily habits online and offline, which she exposed through an investigation into her own data profile. Today, she continues to dig into this data ecosystem and its rapid evolution. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
111 7 months ago
Emus can’t fly, but there’s an Emu in the sky. People have been looking up to the stars for a long time, but for how long? Explore a different perspective of the night sky and learn about the great history of Australian Aboriginal Astronomy. Kirsten Banks is a proud Wiradjuri Woman and Astrophysicist with an undeniable passion for space and astronomy. From a young age, Kirsten has always been fascinated by the sky. She first had a love for meteorology in Primary School, but then graduated from the clouds to the stars in mid-High School. Kirsten loves to communicate science and has done so on many platforms including writing for The Guardian Australia, speaking across Australia and Europe on numerous radio shows and has been a panellist on ABC TVs The Drum. She is also a regular tour guide at Sydney Observatory. After graduating from an undergraduate degree in Physics in 2018, Kirsten strives towards commencing a PhD in the years to come. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
135 7 months ago
Did you know that brain scans can tell us what tricks us, scares us, and keeps us from solving problems? Facial features, accents or just a name can change the way our brains react when we meet people. Neuroscience can help fair-minded people make better assessments about who’s honest, smart, nice, or threatening despite our unconscious thoughts and implicit biases. Kimberly Papillion is a nationally recognized expert on the subject of decision-making in medicine, business, education, and law. She served as a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College. She lectured to physicians nationwide and corporations including Google, Walmart and Clorox. She presented to judges throughout the United States as well as in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Trinidad. She lectured to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Department of Justice, and the US Department of Education. Kimberly attended the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University School of Law. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
143 7 months ago
Bread was an accident discovery in the history. Nowadays it’s part of everyday life and people have good emotions when they see or taste bread. In Germany in every conversation bread becomes a topic at some point, that’s how important it is for Germans. When Sebastian heard that the German astronaut Alexander Gerst was going to the international space station for 8 months, Sebastian thought he wanted Alexander Gerst to feel connected to earth through eating bread in space. But it’s not just about making one person happy. So, they made a concept for baking fresh bread rolls in a space shuttle. Bread crumbs, fire, surface, power, temperature are the baking procedure are the issues of baking in space. Baking is rocket science in space. Going forward in the development of enabling civilization in space is a contribution of many people who are bringing in their expertise. Sebastian Marcu is the Managing Director at Design & Data GmbH, a specialised cross-media agency that provides digital visual communication solutions for the space sector. Since 2017, Sebastian has also been CEO of “Bake In Space”, which seeks to address the scientific and technical challenges related to producing food in space. The intention is to take the needed hardware to the ISS in order to bake fresh bread in space. Sebastian has collected over 15 years of experience as a Content Marketing expert and the fields of strategic PR and marketing, transmedia storytelling and more. He obtained his M.Sc. in Interactive Multimedia from the University of Westminster in 2002 and following a strong interest in the space sector, he took part in the Space Studies Programme 2014 at the International Space University in Strasbourg. He has since been connecting these two passions, for example, by developing creative media applications for organisations such as the European Space Agency. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
144 7 months ago
Clear Brook sophomore Sarvesh Subramanian spent his summer and the first semester of his school year visualizing a more efficient and more accurate way to predict climate change. As an Indian-American with roots in the state of Kerala, he witnessed his home ravaged by the worst flooding in human history as a result of climate change. He then took action in the best way he knew. A life-long computer geek and kid with a penchant for research, he spent months figuring out how to write a neural network. In his presentation, Sarvesh discusses the end results of his endeavors and the importance of his research to both the scientific community and the world as a whole. Sarvesh Subramanian is a 16-year-old sophomore at Clear Brook High School, involved in many extracurricular and academic activities around the school. To satisfy his scientific side, he is involved in Science Fair and the Computer Science Team and is accelerated in his math courses. As a kid who always talked too much, Sarvesh took to debate in high school, and spends a lot of his weekends arguing with other like-minded teens. He is also involved in Model UN and JSA, two political clubs that allow him to express his opinions academically. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
157 8 months ago
As we grow through life, we’re taught what’s “ok” and what isn’t, when it comes to demonstrating emotions. We learn to push them away, reject, or suppress what has been deemed socially unacceptable. But when it comes down to it, emotions are neither “good”, nor “bad”. They simply are — in our DNA. And the best approach is to simply be, and experience, and express those emotions in a constructive way — be that to family, children, colleagues, friends, or a stranger on the street. Artūrs Miksons, MD, is a psychotherapist and head doctor of the Riga Stradins University Clinic of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. A well-liked teacher among students, passionate and active promoter of emotional health. In clinical practice, he successfully combines the roles of both child and adult psychotherapist. Helping an adult or child to get to the true nature of themselves, to encourage and improve emotional closeness in the family and to alleviate emotional suffering. Artūrs also actively operates outside the clinic, through mass-media, by educating the society about the importance of emotions and mental health. Through students' interest groups he improves the approach to the doctor-patient relationships of future physicians. In Balint groups, he helps colleagues to maintain work satisfaction and avoid burning out. From clinical, academic and personal experience he has come to the conviction that the greatest value is to be felt and accepted by someone. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
135 8 months ago
Your emotions are directly tied to the smells you experience. Join Rachel as she takes you on a tour of how smell affects the lives of everyone, from finding your spouse to survival. Enjoy her tips on using your nose to enhance your life. Dr. Herz is a leading expert on the psychological science of smell. Her published books include "Why You Eat What You Eat", "The Scent of Desire" and "That’s Disgusting". She’s written numerous research papers and articles and has been a guest on shows including "On Point" and "Science Friday". Dr. Herz is an adjunct faculty member at Brown University and Boston College and she advises many companies about enhancing consumer experiences. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
78 8 months ago
BS'ing (communicating with little to no regard for truth, established knowledge, or evidence) is a major problem polluting our communicative climate. Based on empirical research, John Petrocelli discusses the consequences of BS and how understanding its causes sheds light on detection of this pollutant in our interpersonal atmosphere. John proposes that people begin to reduce BS by calling BS more often and applying five basic rules for dealing with BS. John V. Petrocelli is currently the Scott Family Faculty Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University. He is an experimental social psychologist with a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington; he obtained his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Petrocelli has taught social psychology, statistics, and judgment and decision making courses at Wake Forest University since 2007, where he also serves as Chairperson of the university’s Institutional Review Board. Petrocelli has authored or coauthored over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters in the areas of social cognition and judgment and decision making. His primary research interests and contributions are in the areas of BS'ing, counterfactual thinking, metacognition, attitude strength and persuasion. Petrocelli also serves as an Associate Editor for the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
128 8 months ago
Alex Chang is the founder and CEO of Ivy-Way Academy, CTO of a tech startup on skincare, a dance teacher, and a hacker. Back in high school, Alex was not exactly "Ivy League material." He did not finish top 5 in his public high school in New York, did not get a near-perfect SAT score, did not win national honors in math, was not a starter on his lacrosse team, and did not have rich and famous parents to get him into places. Therefore, after receiving his Bachelor's degree from Harvard and finishing his education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, his identity as an "ordinary student" served as the prime example for high school students to model and reach their dream schools. However, in addition to sharing his secrets to Ivy League admission, Alex feels the social responsibility to inform - and warn - students about the life behind those Ivy League gates. Things may not always be as pretty as they seem. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
112 8 months ago
Spiders are famous for making us jump, but the tables are turned as scientists have recently trained a spider nicknamed Kim to jump on demand! How Kim was trained? Why? And what novel insights this research has allowed? In his talk Mostafa will tell you all about it. Follow Mostafa on @mra_nabawy Bio-Mimicker This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
103 8 months ago
Most scientific research is conducted and reported in specialized academic journals in a language accessible only to professional adult scientists. But what if a kid wanted to learn about the latest scientific discoveries? After all, kids have the right to understand the world they are inheriting from us. Tanya Dimitrova - a former high school science teacher in Texas - founded Science Journal for Kids - a free online magazine for kids (and their teachers) publishing the latest scientific research papers rewritten in kid-friendly language. Science communicator and founder of nonprofit Science Journal for Kids. | USA / Bulgaria This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
114 9 months ago
Maisie is an actress, an entrepreneur, and an activist. Yet to this day, she has no formal qualifications to her name. Her career has been built upon a symphony of seemingly normal opportunities that evolved into extraordinary, life changing events. Maisie tells the story of working on what ended up becoming the biggest television show of all time from the age of 12. She discusses why she thinks right now is the perfect time to build tools for communities and how her platform, daisie, will redefine creative collaboration. Follow Maisie on @Maisie_Williams Game of Thrones actress turned Tech Entrepreneur This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
115 9 months ago
Facing stress in our lives is an integral component of being more resilient, says Raphael Rose. In his research for NASA, Raphael finds that accepting and even welcoming stress helps us become more resilient, leading to a more meaningful, joyful, and socially connected life. Clinical Psychologist This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
122 9 months ago
Everyone experiences setbacks. But rather than give up or be discouraged by them, young entrepreneur Kai Lovel shares his way to re-frame setbacks and see them as what they can be - a gift. Young entrepreneur This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
152 9 months ago
A vetrepreneur (a veteran entrepreneur), Melanie Stricklan uses her expertise to take on a big data challenge - managing and analyzing the millions of images taken of Earth every day. From disaster relief to military defense to natural resource monitoring, images from space can make us safer, more secure, and protect the one planet we call home. Co-Founder Slingshot Aerospace This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
245 9 months ago
Do you know what kind of questions teachers and parents ask children has a great effect on whether they can develop critical minds? Brian Oshiro is a teacher evaluator, he shares what he has observed in the classrooms and offers three simple questions we can ask to encourage critical thinking of the children and ourselves. Educator This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
129 9 months ago
Did you know that tattooing is an ancient practice? And yet, in thousands of years, we've never radically upgraded the technology. In this jaw-dropping talk, nanotechnologist Carson Bruns demonstrates futuristic tattoos that aren't just beautiful, but functional too. Tattoo Technologist This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
162 9 months ago
Non-profit founder Weh Yeoh wants more international charities to embrace redundancy. Through recognising the difference between addressing symptoms and solving problems, international charities can create a space for local people to create solutions to their own problems. This requires a complete rethink of the purpose of international charity. Is it to perpetuate their own existence, or to successfully exit? Co Founder & CEO, Umbo This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
175 9 months ago
“The Reinvention Guru”, introduced to us the concept of the “Titanic Syndrome”. She uses the Titanic and its famous story as a metaphor for giants of the business industries who, due to their inability to change, “sink” like the ship rather than stay afloat and thrive in an ever changing world. Nadya tells us with fervent passion that “When you invite change into your life, when you allow yourself to reinvent, you earn the right to choose a new option. Change is not the enemy, it’s a beautiful freedom to make any choice you want”. Reinvention Specialist. Sustainability strategist. Businesswoman. Author. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
131 9 months ago
When Iraqi immigrant & combat veteran Maytham Alshadood arrived in Denver, Colorado, his top priority was to get a college degree. But state law made that nearly impossible. In this inspiring talk, Maytham explains what happens when refugees & immigrants advocate for themselves. Refugee Advocate This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
146 9 months ago
Fleassy has a condition that makes it impossible to remember faces. How would you life your life if you didn't recognise the ones you know and love? This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
141 9 months ago
Gone is gone. Extinction is a quiet and invisible absence. Simone Vitali changes that - with a warm and impassioned glimpse into a private world only a few experience. What does extinction sound like? We find out here. Zoo veterinarian This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
172 9 months ago
A fascinating trip that Daniela Murphy takes us on, with her passion for her life purpose: restoring our past so that we can actually have a future. Unmissable. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx