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TEDxBeaconStreet Announces “Ask the Speaker” Forum on Medstro

TEDxBeaconStreet Ask the Speaker LogoTEDxBeaconStreet, one of the most innovative TEDx events in the world, and Medstro, the social network for physicians and medical students, today announced that three of the speakers from the 2014 TEDxBeaconStreet, held on November 15-16, will be available to answer questions directly on the “TEDxBeaconStreet Ask the Speaker” forum. All three speakers spoke about topics related to healthcare and the practice of medicine.

Are Cancer and Alzheimer’s Two Sides of the Same Coin?

People who get neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS have a far lower rate of cancer than the general population, while people who get cancer similarly have a far lower rate of neurodegenerative diseases. Could these two types of diseases be related?

David Pincus, PhD is a fellow at the Whitehead Institute at MIT, working to reveal the underlying mechanisms cells employ to maintain homeostasis in inherently fluctuating environments. Any change in the surroundings – be it a change in temperature, pH, the amount of salt, the availability of nutrients, etc. – is an excursion away from equilibrium and a challenge to the cell. By understanding at the molecular level how cells sense and respond to these inevitable environmental fluctuations, they are striving to ascertain the limits that healthy cells can cope with, the pathways responsible for coping, and how these pathways can break down or be hijacked in various disease states such as diabetes and cancer.

Why We Can’t Fix Our Healthcare System

Ayesha Khalid, MD, MBA is a Board Certified ENT surgeon with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She recently completed an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the Sloan Fellows Program – a program focused on innovation and global leadership. Ayesha is a systems thinker and a healthcare innovation enthusiast. Her TEDx Talk focused on how physicians should adopt a systems thinking mindset in order to reach the correct diagnosis.

Bugs, Drugs and Guts: Dr. Pratik Shah talks about the Microbiome

Dr. Pratik Shah contributes to The Infectious Disease Initiative at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School. He is also a cofounder of clean-water initiative based in Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria that utilizes mobile technologies to connect large urban communities to safe drinking water.

He discovered a new vaccine component to protect against bacterial pneumonia that is undergoing clinical trials, identified several novel pathways and metabolites associated with gastrointestinal infections and developed a rapid, low-cost water quality test for the developing world.

James Ryan

    Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.

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