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Monday, March 16 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Superbugs, Magnets & More: Medicine’s Comeback Kids

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We think of medicine and technology ever moving forward in a march of progress, moving from one success to the next. But the history of science is far from simple, and it often repeats itself. Infectious diseases were declared a thing of the past in the 1960s, but now they’ve returned with a vengeance and threaten to overwhelm our more sophisticated medicines. Medical treatments once dismissed as backward—such as applying magnets to the brain or unleashing viruses on pathogenic bacteria--have gained new luster and are being taken up by major research organizations and pharmaceutical companies. In this session, join us to explore the forces that are making what was old new again—from the shortcomings of modern healthcare to the incentives for resurrecting lost ideas.

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Bennett Shapiro

Chairman & Sr Partner, PureTech
Ben Shapiro is a physician-scientist, former Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Washington, then EVP of Worldwide Basic Research at Merck, where he was responsible for the basic and preclinical research activities within Merck as well as all collaborations with the academic... Read More →
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Carl Zimmer

Writer/Lecturer, The New York Times
Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times, where he writes each week about new advances in science. He is the author of a dozen books about science, including Parasite Rex, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, and Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed. Zimmer is a frequent... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
JW Marriott Room 201-202

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