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Imagining the Future of Medicine Monday 21 April 2014


Letter from the Chief Executive Welcome to the Royal Albert Hall. We are delighted to host this unique event of inspiring and provocative talks celebrating the power of the imagination to create exciting possibilities in the field of healthcare.

Today’s event will undoubtedly add a fascinating dimension to this history as well as creating a legacy which will inspire current and future generations to explore and develop further advances in medicine.

The success of our TEDxAlbertopolis event last year demonstrated a real interest in and passion for exploring science amongst the public. The Hall’s inaugural aim was to promote the arts and the sciences and to engage future generations. Since opening its doors in 1871, the Hall has maintained Prince Albert’s vision by hosting an incredible range of performance combined with key scientific events.

Chris Cotton, Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall


Welcome to Imagining the Future of Medicine On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our attendees. We are thrilled that you could join us today for what promises to be a unique event. Following the sold out success of our inaugural healthcare event last year in South Kensington, we were keen to partner with Royal Albert Hall to create a spectacular stage programme aiming to deliver a year’s worth of ideas, insights and inspiration about the world of medicine in just one day at the world’s most iconic venue. By hosting this event at the Royal Albert Hall, we hope to make a memorable contribution to its continuing commitment to science education and realising the vision of Prince Albert.

Ali Rezaei Haddad Director of Imagining the Future of Medicine

The fields of medicine and health care exhibit perhaps the most profound examples of human ingenuity, and we are extremely fortunate to have such a diverse and exceptional lineup of speakers, artists and groups of innovators present here today that represent this principle. As the programme takes you through the three different sessions, we hope you will be able to explore the multidisciplinary nature of medicine and challenge yourselves to open your minds to new perspectives of the world of health and medicine. The artistic performances throughout the programme aim to engage our imaginations and highlight the importance of the union of the arts and sciences, and how together these two important subjects can contribute to a healthier and more vibrant society. So for the next few hours, prepare to be inspired to novel ways of thinking and new avenues of endeavour as we imagine the future of medicine at the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences. Ali Rezaei Haddad Director of Imagining the Future of Medicine


About the Event Imagining the Future of Medicine curates a spectacular programme of talks from the world’s leading experts on the world’s most famous stage. The programme encompasses three themes: Medicine Without Borders, looking into global health and global medical innovation; Thinking Outside the Box, investigating emerging perspectives in modern medicine; and Translating the Untranslatable, visiting medical concepts not fully understood. The event will also feature a selection of stunning artistic performances that celebrate the power of unexpected connections to create exciting new possibilities. It is deeply fitting that such an event takes place at the Royal Albert Hall. Well known as a venue for some of the world’s most popular artists, the Hall is also a charity dedicated to increasing access to the arts and sciences, supporting the cultural life of the country and inspiring future generations. Named the Royal Albert Hall of the Arts and Sciences by Queen Victoria, it has not only championed live performances of the highest quality for over 140 years but also hosted scientific talks and events featuring the likes of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins. Prior to the scheduled talks at the Hall, biotech showcase The Cell makes its debut in London at the Sir Alexander Fleming Building of Imperial College London, minutes away from the Royal Albert Hall. The Cell showcases the ingenuity of a variety of innovators, and features a range of companies from all over the world. It engages entrepreneurs of today by showcasing the technology, creativity and imagination that is helping to create a better future in health and medicine.


Session Themes

Thinking Outside the Box A multitude of scientific and medical discoveries have come about through people’s ability to ‘think outside the box’. In order to survive and progress in the ever evolving fields of medicine and healthcare, there is no doubt that creativity is an essential quality. Of course, in real life you won’t find boxes. You will find numerous situations where a creative breakthrough is staring you in the face, or where it may prove elusive. Indeed, the box metaphor has become somewhat clichéd, ‘but we like to think outside the box’ represents a new idea or thought process, so we can situate ourselves back in the box, but in a somewhat better position. The speakers in this session have all put this ability to good use in their own work, and provided important new perspectives and advancements in their areas of expertise, from drawing inspiration for heart surgery from the work of Leonardo da Vinci, to pioneering prehospital care and shaping the future of trauma research.

Medicine Without Borders It is important that our efforts to improve health are not limited to our immediate environment, and human ingenuity can be used to improve people’s access to healthcare and quality of life worldwide. Harnessing the power of human imagination for technological innovation and humanitarian assistance has helped to decrease health inequalities on a global scale, but the iniquity of inequality still affects communities around the world. In our advanced, sophisticated, high-tech, intertwined, modern world, the effects of inequality are not confined to the poor, but damage the social fabric of the whole population. Global Health and global medical innovation has never been so important. The speakers in this session have all made distinctive contributions to the concept of medicine without borders, from volunteering on board ‘Mercy Ships’ to offer life-changing surgery in West Africa, to creating mobile technology to deliver healthcare services to patients globally.

Translating the Untranslatable Many concepts in science and medicine are not fully understood. The human brain and human mortality are among such concepts that inspire awe and unease. Awe is a natural response to unsolved intricacy; and unease stems primarily from fear of the unknown, and therefore, the uncontrollable, and something for which one feels distinctly unprepared. Research findings and experiences can be ‘translated’ by people in prime position to understand these complex phenomena, seemingly ‘translating the untranslatable’. The speakers in this session all aim to do this with their own work, and give us a unique insight into their fields of study, from unravelling the intricacies of the human brain, to promoting joy and inspiration through the power of music.



Dara Ó Briain is one of the most successful comics to hit the UK in recent years, and a highly respected producer and writer. Already a huge star in his native Ireland where he produced and presented the hit TV live comedy review show The Panel, Dara has now moved from being a sold-out festival favourite in Edinburgh to mainstream television success, and presenter of a small empire of maths and science programmes. Since 2005, Dara has hosted the BBC current affairs comedy panel game Mock the Week. His other notable television work includes BBC’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired! and the Three Men in a Boat series, where he rowed down the Thames with Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath. He also fronted the BBC comedy interview programme Turn Back Time and co-starred in the acclaimed BBC Radio 3 drama Your Only Man, Annie Caulfield’s play, about the Irish writer Brian O’Nolan.

Dara Ó Briain

In 2012, Dara began presenting the series Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club, in which he overlords a team of experts in a wide-ranging discussion on one specific topic, and Dara Ó Briain: School of Hard Sums, in which he and comedy guests attempt to solve puzzles set by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy. Dara also presents the astronomy show Stargazing Live alongside physicist Brian Cox, which in 2012, led to the discovery of exoplanet ‘Threapleton Holmes B’. In 2013, Dara joined Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Greg James, Melanie and Philips Idowu in Through Hell and High Water, a Comic Relief challenge which involved British celebrities canoeing the most difficult rapids of the Zambezi River. They raised over one £1 million for the charity.


Speakers 7

Thinking Outside the Box

Francis Wells

Francis Wells is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Papworth Hospital, where he has worked since 1986, and Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. His specialist area of cardiac surgical interest is the management of all forms of heart valve disease, especially mitral valve reconstruction; he also specialises in the development of the lung cancer service, and thoracic oncology in general. Francis has the largest experience of mitral valve reconstruction in the United Kingdom and among the largest in the world with over 3,000 cases completed, achieving a near 100% repair rate for leaking mitral valves with mortality at less than 1.0% for first time procedures. His aim is to achieve a normally functioning valve. He also has an interest in aortic valve repair and surgery of the aorta. Francis has a significant profile within the Arts, and is completing many years work on the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, focusing particularly on the heart. His detailed observation of da Vinci’s drawings inspired him to decipher new methods for restoring the normal opening and closing function of the mitral valve, and he encourages significant interaction between artists and scientists. He has been consultant to several recent BBC and Channel 4 programmes, including BBC2’s The Secret of Drawing.

Jamil El Imad is an inventor, author and entrepreneur. He is the Chief Scientist at NeuroPro AG, and for over three decades, has worked on developing technology solutions on IBM platforms in the pharmaceutical, industrial and commercial sectors. Jamil is an authority in software design, with a career spanning over thirty years, ranging from design and development of operating systems and teleprocessing code, to the design and rollout of 3D MMOG media systems. His award winning code for improving IBM’s teleprocessing system, developed in 1989, was used in numerous IBM installations worldwide, and he is the author of Technology In Business, a book that was published in 2001 and sold internationally. Jamil has led a number of technology start-ups, and co-designed a 3D patented virtual world media. He is also the co-inventor of WiNAM, a novel and patented neural signal analysis algorithm for epilepsy prediction and other neurological episodes. In addition to his position at NeuroPro, Jamil is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College, a Fellow at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Chief Executive Officer of W Investments AG, a private wealth management company, and Chairman of Metaverse Holdings, a 3D new-age media company.


Thinking Outside the Box

Jamil El Imad

Mark Wilson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and PreHospital Care Specialist working at both Imperial College (mainly St Mary’s Major Trauma Centre) and on London’s Air Ambulance. His specialist areas are acute brain injury (mostly traumatic brain injury) and its very early management. He also specialises in IT (having developed a number of web based referral systems). His research focuses mainly on the brain in hypoxia (using it as an injury model) in humans.

Thinking Outside the Box

Mark Wilson

Mark underwent self imposed prolonged training, as an anaesthetist and a GP, before his neurosurgical career, but even now likes to maintain a broad medical interest. He has worked extensively overseas (India, Nepal, South Africa, as a GP in Australia, Researcher for NASA and as an expedition doctor on Arctic and Everest expeditions). He wrote The Medics Guide to Work and Electives Around the World and runs

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She is also leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Sarah-­Jayne studied developmental psychology at the University of Oxford before completing her PhD at the Functional Imaging Lab, investigating the self-monitoring of action in healthy individuals and people with schizophrenia. She then took up a Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship to work in Lyon, France to investigate perception of causality in the human brain, followed by a Research Fellowship at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Sarah-Jayne studies the social brain – the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people – and how it develops in adolescents. She has an interest in the links between neuroscience and education and has co-authored a book titled The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education. Sarah-Jayne is also actively involved in Public Engagement with Science: she frequently gives public lectures and talks at schools, has worked with the Select Committee for Education, and acted as scientific consultant for the BBC. Sarah-Jayne’s Imagining the Future of Medicine talk is based on her recent work with the Islington Community Theatre and demonstrates how adults tend to stereotype young people from challenging boroughs.

Thinking Outside the Box

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore


Medicine Without Borders

Leo Cheng

Leo Cheng is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Barts and the London NHS Trust with a special interest in head and neck Malignancy. He is the lead course organiser for the London Deanery for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and a clinical lead at Homerton University Hospital in east London. Leo qualified in Dentistry from Edinburgh University in 1985, and went on to qualify in Medicine from Birmingham University in 1991. He was awarded Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1999 after obtaining the intercollegiate FRCS in Maxillofacial Surgery. In 2006, he was awarded LLM (Master in Law) in medical practice from the University of Wales, and also became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Apart from his thriving and ever-­expanding NHS practice and teaching commitment, Leo is a regular volunteer as a Thyroid and Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgeon on board the ‘Mercy Ships’ in West Africa, where he has enjoyed being able to offer life-saving and life-transforming surgery. Leo is also Director of a support group called About Face Patients’ Support Group, dedicated to patients who have had oral and maxillofacial surgery. The group works with patients and their carers to maximise physical and psychological healing, and to share experiences.

Ali Parsa is a healthcare entrepreneur, and pioneered the staff-owned company Circle that took over an NHS hospital. During one of the worst economic downturns, he built Circle to become Europe’s largest partnership of clinicians, with some £200m of annualised revenue, near 3,000 employees and a successful IPO. Ali left in December 2012 to embark on a new venture called Babylon Partners, which aims to help patients around the world by developing a technology to deliver healthcare services to patients globally. Babylon Partners has already been heralded as “perhaps among the most exciting developments in healthcare anywhere; it will change our expectations and experience forever.” Prior to Circle, Ali was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. He was the recipient of the Royal Award for the Young Entrepreneur of the year in 1993 for founding his first business, V&G, and the healthcare Entrepreneurial Achievement in 2010 for establishing Circle. Ali was named by the Times among the 100 global people to watch in 2012, and by HSJ among the 50 most influential people in UK healthcare. Ali is the UK Cabinet Office Ambassador for Mutuals and has a PhD in Engineering Physics.


Medicine Without Borders

Ali Parsa

Jay Walker is curator and chairman of TEDMED, a global community of people from multiple fields who focus on accelerating innovation in health and medicine. TEDMED believes that only by creating an inclusive global dialog among people from all cultures and all walks of life, can we begin to see the “big picture” for health and medicine and begin to inspire the breakthrough thinking and insights critical to shaping a healthier tomorrow for our planet’s 7 billion people. TEDMED is the independently owned and operated health and medicine edition of the world famous TED conference.

Medicine Without Borders

Jay Walker

Jay is a serial entrepreneur and founder of three companies each with more than 50 million customers; he is best known as founder of priceline. He is also one of the world’s most prolific inventors, and 11th on the list of the world’s most patented living inventors. Jay is the lead inventor on more than 700 U.S. patents focused on unique business systems and solutions across a dozen different industries. A noted expert on imagination, Jay created and curates one of the world’s great private libraries, The Library of The History of Human Imagination. Filled with books, manuscripts, historical artifacts and treasures of all kinds, including in the field of medicine. His library was described by Wired magazine as “the most amazing library in the world”.

Paul Freemont is co-director and co-founder of the EPSRC Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovations, and the National UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London. Paul was previously Head of the Division of Molecular Biosciences and Head of the Imperial College Centre for Structural Biology having joined Imperial from Cancer Research UK London Research Institute. His research interests span from understanding the molecular mechanisms of human diseases to the development of synthetic biology platform technologies and biosensors. Paul holds a number of external positions including vice-chair of the Diamond Light Source Scientific Advisory Committee and member of MRC Molecular and Cellular Medicines Board. He is a co-founder of the spin out companies Equinox Pharma and LabGenius and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of Netscientific and has held consultancies with a number of other companies and organisations including Scottish Enterprise, Syngenta and Rio Tinto. Paul has also been active in a number of public engagement activities, has appeared regularly on radio and television broadcasts on the subject of synthetic biology, and has successfully co-supervised Imperial undergraduate iGEM teams since 2006.

Medicine Without Borders

Paul Freemont


Alison Balsom, 2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three time winner at the Classic BRITs and also three time winner at the Echo Klassik Awards, has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.

Translating the Untranslatable

Alison Balsom

Summer 2013 saw several debuts for Alison on the natural trumpet including her role as the Creative Producer and protagonist of the new 5-star critically acclaimed production Gabriel at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and her first ever performance at Latitude Festival (Latitude won Best Line-Up at the 2013 Festival Awards). In 2014, Alison has been invited to curate and collaborate on various new projects and she returns to the Royal Albert Hall with her first ever solo show, The Trumpet Sings, an eclectic programme which she is touring to all major cities and venues in the UK.

Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist, and principal investigator at the Affective Brain Lab, which investigates how motivation and emotion determine our expectations of the future, our everyday decisions, our memories and our ability to learn. She is also a faculty member of the department of Cognitive Perceptual and Brain Sciences at University College London. In her book, The Optimism Bias, she reviews findings from both social science and neuroscience that point to an interesting conclusion: our brains aren’t just stamped by the past; they are constantly being shaped by the future. Optimism bias involves the belief that the future will be better than the past or present – consistently assigning higher probabilities to events with more favourable outcomes – and the majority of us display this bias. As Tali puts it, “we’re more optimistic than realistic, and we’re oblivious about it.” One example is divorce rates in the western world; this sits at about 40%, yet when you ask newlyweds to rate their own likelihood of divorce, most would put their chances at 0%. In her own work, Tali investigates how our natural optimism even shapes what we remember, encompassing behavioural research (how likely we are to misremember major events) as well searching for specific brain centres where optimism resides.


Translating the Untranslatable

Tali Sharot

Katherine Sleeman is a clinical doctor and academic, whose work focuses on care of the dying. She is also the holder of the first NIHR-­‐ funded Clinical Lectureship in palliative medicine in England. Katherine has degrees in developmental biology and medicine (University College London), and a PhD in cancer biology (Institute of Cancer Research, London).

Translating the Untranslatable

Katherine Sleeman

Katherine currently works at King’s College London’s Cicely Saunders Institute where she uses national datasets to investigate patterns of care at the end of life, particularly in the elderly and frail. Through her clinical and academic work, Katherine aims to improve quality of life for people who are dying. Katherine writes, speaks, and tweets about death and dying for academic and general audiences. Her Imagining the Future of Medicine talk will explore the meaning of a good death, and the individual and societal barriers to achieving this.

Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics. He completed his medical training at Oxford University and University College London, and is now a Wellcome Research Fellow in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Since 2003, Ben has written the weekly Bad Science column for The Guardian, where he debunks unfounded scientific claims. His book Bad Science has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, topping the paperback non-fiction charts; and his latest, Bad Pharma, puts the global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope, examining the misuse of evidence, MIA trial data, and potential fixes for a chronic problem. Ben is a frequent guest on numerous British television and radio programmes and speaks regularly at conferences and events; helped along by his inexhaustible supply of material, he travels the speaking circuit, promoting scepticism and nerdish curiosity. He is also a cofounder of the AllTrials campaign, which calls for greater transparency in the pharmaceutical industry and for the results of all clinical trials to be published.

Translating the Untranslatable

Ben Goldacre


Performances The Kaos Organisation is a Youth Arts Charity based in Haringey. Established in February 1995 with a firm belief in the vital importance of the creative arts, they maintain a practical ethos of creativity, communication and cooperation. Their motto is: Excellence through teamwork and fun! The Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children is an integrated project for young people aged 4 to 18, and is the only integrated deaf and hearing children’s choir in the UK. The choir has wowed audiences at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, London’s Barbican Centre and St. Paul’s Cathedral, has performed many times on national TV, and reached a global audience when they performed the National Anthem at the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and sang at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Service. In December 2012, they released a cover of True Colours in collaboration with the British Paraorchestra as a charity single to support the British Paralympic team. The choir regularly performs original Songs of Kaos, written by, or especially for the choir, and all children sing and simultaneously sign in British Sign Language.

Islington Community Theatre is one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies making professional-level work with young people in one of London’s most unequal and challenging boroughs. Their work has been seen at the National Theatre, Soho Theatre, in venues across Islington and on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire. They work with 200 young people aged 12-19 – every member is referred by a school, social services or other youth charities. Former members have gone on to work professionally in theatre and film and to drama schools like RADA and Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2013 ICT began work on a new play supported by the Wellcome Trust exploring adolescent brain development. Brainstorm is a deeply personal, painfully honest and often chaotic exploration of the neurological changes that take place during adolescence. It is being developed by ICT’s Artistic Director Ned Glasier, Associate Artist Emily Lim and a group of 20 young people in collaboration with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and her colleagues at University College London for a professional London run in 2014/15.


About the Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the world’s greatest musicians, singers, dancers, sportsmen, statesmen and world leaders have appeared on its stage. Over a million people each year enjoy live performances at the Hall, and millions more experience the Hall’s events through broadcasts, recordings and new media channels. The Royal Albert Hall is a registered charity and receives no public revenue funding. Each year over 370 events are held in the Hall’s auditorium which include performances of classical music, jazz, folk and world music, circus, rock and pop concerts, ballet and opera, dance, comedy, tennis, charity concerts, film premieres, school events, award ceremonies, the BBC Proms and occasions of national importance such as the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance.

This iconic venue is also open to the public during the day through tours of the building, live music in Verdi, the Hall’s new Italian Kitchen, and free exhibitions. The Elgar Room, a state-of-the art small-scale performance space which opened in 2009, hosts classical recitals, comedy, cabaret, jazz nights, family shows and more. One of the Royal Albert Hall’s charitable aims is to bring its work alive through its Education and Outreach programme. The Hall works with children, teachers, young people, families and community groups to open up its calendar of events and make the most of the unique characteristics of the building, with specially created tours, workshops, projects and schools matinees. For more information, please visit Registered charity number: 254543


Royal Albert Hall:

Inspiring Creativity The Royal Albert Hall inspires creativity and brings its work alive through a thriving Education and Outreach programme. We work with schools and all areas of the community to share the Hall’s events and the unique characteristics of the building. Our work extends from workshops with incredible artists like Nicola Benedetti, Foals, Emeli SandÊ and Jake Bugg, to specially created tours, projects and schools matinees.

To find out more and get involved, visit To find out how you can support us visit 16 Registered charity no: 254543


NeuroPro NeuroPro is a Swiss medical research, design and commercialisation company that brings together cutting-edge mobile computing and innovative EEG data analysis methodologies to create user-friendly, real-time solutions for consumers, researchers and healthcare professionals. NeuroPro’s mission is to harness the benefits of the digital and mobile revolutions and apply them to the problems of neuroscience to radically improve the way we acquire, understand and utilise brain signal data. Supported by an experienced team of professionals from diverse backgrounds and a growing IP portfolio, NeuroPro’s technologies are unique, employing established computer science principles, such as patented binary pattern matching algorithms, to EEG data in neurological research and monitoring of neurological disorders. Three major deliverables currently in development are:

 NeuroTrail - The EEG Ambulatory Headset A new generation of flexible, wireless, universal headsets with 1-8 channels for long term capture of EEG and other biometric data, for clinical and non-clinical applications designed for everyday use.

 VMLproEEG - The EEG Virtual Mobile Laboratory A mobile, cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) providing brain researchers as well as medical professionals with reliable brain discovery and monitoring tools. Built to scale up elastically, the mobile laboratory reduces costs and enhances efficiency for processing, storing, visualising & communicating neurological data

 WiNAM - Epilepsy Prediction A user-friendly, wireless integrated solution for the real-time capture and analysis of EEG and other biological data for the detection and prediction of epileptic seizures using proprietary analysis algorithms. With a strong network in the Swiss and international academic, biomedical and IT arenas, NeuroPro has established a number of partnerships to bring additional expertise and accelerate the development of NeuroPro’s deliverables. Visit NeuroPro’s website to find out more at



The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 gives fellowships and grants for top level science and industrial research, as well as industrial design. Some 25 awards are made each year which, together with a number of special grants, approach £2m in value. Originally set up to stage the Great Exhibition, the Royal Commission was kept in being to invest the Exhibition’s substantial profit. It first acquired the site in South Kensington on which the three great museums, the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College and other Colleges now stand, and it continues to own and manage the freehold of most of this estate. When the development of the estate was largely complete, in 1891, the Commission then set up the education and research awards programme which runs to this day. Details of the 1851 Royal Commission’s awards are on its website: @royalcom1851


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Royal Albert Hall Chris Cotton.................. Jasper Hope.................. James Ainscough........... Sarah Woods................. Amanda Squires............. Julie Hope. . ...................

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Debbie Hackney............ Caroline McNamara........ Mehdi Aoustin-­Sellami..... Michelle Aland............... Tom King...................... Louise Halliday. . ............. Marc Sheppard.............. Crispin Gray.................. Alison Tobe................... Julia Robinson............... Aislinn Frayne................

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For Imagining the Future of Medicine Mo Crowe..................... Ed Cobbold................... Jessica Silvester.. ........... Rick Burin..................... Katia Hountondji.. ........... Ellen Morgan................. Matt Griffin. . .................. John Quigley................. Harry Tabner. . ................ Chris Tibble................... Robin Dennis................. Rachel Tattersdill............ Lucy Edmunds............... Lucie Weaver.................

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Imagining the Future of Medicine Organising Committee Ali Rezaei Haddad. . ........... Alexandra Abel. . ............... Rudy Benfredj.................. Hiba Anis........................ Ariane Sampson............... Honey Rouhani. . ............... Claudia Craven.. ............... Sharika Anjum................. Reena Wadia................... Connor Farr. . ...................

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The Cell Hasan Asif. . ..................... Coordinator Mohammadreza Sohbati..... Coordinator Jing Ouyang.................... Coordinator Zinah Sofreyan................. Coordinator Chun Yin San................... Coordinator

Blog Series Mahiben Maruthappu......... Future of Medicine and Innovations Series Nadia Ceratto.. ................. European Healthcare Series

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied. Herophilus

All the speaker portraits in this programme are the work of Conor Farr


Schedule Session 1 - Thinking Outside the Box Francis Wells: Looking and Seeing Jamil El-Imad: Building a Brain Stethoscope Mark Wilson: Caring Outside the Box Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Islington Community Theatre: Brainstorm 15:25 BREAK The Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf & Hearing Children

Session 2 - Medicine Without Borders Leo Cheng: Offshore Medicine Ali Parsa: Smart Healthcare Jay Walker: The Next Revolution in Health and Medicine Paul Freemont and Jay Walker: The Age of Information Meets the Age of Bio-Science 17:25 BREAK

Session 3 - Translating the Untranslatable Alison Balsom: Music as a Healer Tali Sharot: The Surprising Science of Future Thinking Katherine Sleeman: How to Have a Good Death Ben Goldacre: Bad Science

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