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4 inspiring TED videos that medical innovators must watch

November 14, 2012 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

This week the nonprofit TED is celebrating 1 billion video views with a series of playlists put together by celebrities like Bill Gates and Ben Affleck.

The organization’s entire offering of videos contains some fascinating talks on science, medicine and running a business. Below are just four of the ones we would put on our “most inspiring” list for life science inventors and entrepreneurs. Comment or tweet your top TED talks to @medcitynews.com.

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

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In this video, a biomedical animator shows some astounding digital visualizations of the complex processes happening inside  the billions of cells in our bodies.

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart

Born with the genetic defect called Marfan syndrome, Golesworthy faced a life-threatening problem with his aorta. The surgery he needed, though, would be incredibly risky and require a lifetime of anti-coagulation therapy to follow. Unsatisfied with his options, the boiler engineer set out to create his own solution. The result was a successful procedure that led to the founding of a company, ExoVasc.

Abraham Verghese: A doctor’s touch

Verghese argues that modern healthcare is losing sight of medicine’s greatest innovation: the human hand. Even the most sophisticated technologies can’t pick up on the information the doctor can with his own senses, he explains.

E.O. Wilson: Advice to young scientists

In an “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen)” for scientists, the celebrated biologist dishes out advice based on a lifetime of experience. “For every scientist – whether researcher, technician, teacher, manager or businessman – working at any level of mathematical competence, there exists a discipline in science or medicine for which that level is enough to achieve excellence,” he reminds us.

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Deanna Pogorelc

By Deanna Pogorelc MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.
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