First speakers announced for Wired Health 2019

Wired has announced the first batch of speakers who will feature at this year’s Wired Health conference in London.

The event will begin with an opening address form Nobel Prize Winner, Paul Nurse, the director of the Francis Crick Institute.

Seven other speakers have been announced, and they are:

Karyn McCluskey, chief executive, Community Justice Scotland

Karyn McCluskey  has overall responsibility for raising awareness of the value justice brings to individuals and communities. Karyn spent 21 years working with the police and co-founded the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in 2005. She is a member of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance and also helped set up the Medics Against Violence charity in Scotland, which speaks to school children about violence reduction, and promoting safety and injury prevention.

Daniel Davis, author, The Beautiful Cure and professor of Immunology, University of Manchester

Daniel Davis’s research, using super-resolution microscopy to study immune cell biology, was listed in Discover magazine as one of the top 100 breakthroughs of the year. He is the author of The Compatibility Gene and The Beautiful Cure. He has also published over 130 academic papers including articles in Nature, Science and Scientific American.

Mary Lou Jepsen, founder and CEO, Openwater

Before founding Openwater, a company creating a portable MRI, Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen was an engineering executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google and Intel. She has founded four startups, including One Laptop per Child where she was CTO, chief architect and delivered the $100 laptop to mass production. She has been recognised with many awards, including: TIME magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, a CNN top 10 thinker, and in the Forbes 2018 inaugural listing of the Top 50 Women in Tech.

Shafi Ahmed, chief medical officer and co-founder, Medical Realities

Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi-award-winning cancer surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur. He is a TEDx and international keynote speaker and has been awarded the accolade of the most watched surgeon in human history using augmented reality, virtual reality and social media to reach global audiences for his surgical training operations. He co-founded Medical Realities, which released the world’s first VR Interactive Surgical Training Module. In 2017, he was the top British Asian star in Tech and received this award from HRH Duke of York. In 2018, he received the Future NHS award from members of parliament. He has been recently appointed as the CEO of the first Digital Hospital in South America.

Naowarat Cheeptham (Ann), professor of Microbiology, Thompson Rivers University

Dr. Naowarat Cheeptham’s research interest and focus has included cave microbiomes and new drug discovery, white-nose syndrome in bats, and alternative treatment tools against multidrug resistant infections. Her work has been featured internationally, including: The New York Times, Bloomberg TV network’s Spark series, Al Jazeera TV, and a number of international magazines. Recently, she chief-edited and co-authored a book entitled: Cave Microbiomes: A Novel Resource for Drug Discovery. Besides her research interests in cave microbiology and related areas, she is also drawn to pedagogical issues in microbiology education. In 2009, she was selected as one of the biology research residency scholars in the ASM/NSF Biology Research Residency Scholars Program and participated in an NSF-sponsored residency in Washington DC. She is a professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Jack Kreindler, founder, CHHP

Jack Kreindler is a doctor, serial technology entrepreneur, and international thought leader on the future of life science and medicine. Jack founded The Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP) in London, which is now renowned for its work with elite athletes and applying sport science to help the sickest and most unlikely individuals succeed in extraordinary challenges, including all the Sport Relief charity challenges. Jack has founded and funded several innovative medical technology ventures in the UK and California aiming to bring predictive analytics and artificial intelligence into healthcare management and medical practice to enable doctors and patients to make better, earlier decisions.

Noor Shaker, CEO, GTN

GTN is a startup that uniquely combines machine learning with quantum physics to discover new medicines. Through GTN’s technology, chemicals can be effectively simulated, analysed and discovered computationally. In 2018, Noor secured £2.1 million in seed funding and is currently working with a number of global pharma, innovative biotechs and world-leading research institutions. She has more than 50 publications, over 1,400 citations and has co-authored a book on generative methods. Noor has co-authored two patents and received a great recognition for her work at GTN including the CogX Rising Star Award handed to her by the Prime Minister Theresa May. She is also listed as one of the top 30 women leaders in UK healthcare in 2018 and MIT Review’s 35 Innovators under 35.

Wired Health will take place on Tuesday 26 March at The Francis Crick Institute, London. Additional names are to be announced in the coming weeks.




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