Performance artist Sue Austin navigates her wheelchair underwater

Performance artist Sue Austin will challenge assumptions about disability as she uses her wheelchair in unexpected ways at TEDMED 2013.

VTC Research Institute to host TEDMED Live

When is a wheelchair an ultralight submarine? What is the U.S. health disadvantage? When should science shoot for the moon? If truth is beauty, can art be science? And are zombie doctors taking over America? These are just a few of the questions that will be explored in TEDMED, a forum for some of the world’s most creative minds to present provocative ideas about the future of health and medicine.

From April 16 to April 19, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will host live, high-definition simulcasts of TEDMED. Each session will include several brief talks with a single, often counterintuitive idea. These free talks—presented by global leaders in science, medicine, technology, academia, business, government, and the arts—will be open to the public at 2 Riverside Drive in Roanoke.

The institute will host multiple TEDMED sessions:

April 16
8:00 to 10:00 pm: Seeing with a Broader Lens

April 17
8:30 to 10:15 am: How Can Big Data Become Real Wisdom
11:30 am to 1:00 pm: Translating the Untranslatable
2:30 to 4:15 pm: Shifting the Patterns of Power
5:30 to 7:30 pm: What Happens When We Mix Up the Models?

April 18
8:30 to 9:30 am: Shifting the Curve from Start to Scale to Exit
9:30 to 10:30 am: Every Company Is a Healthcare Company
11:00 am to 12:45 pm: Going Farther While Staying Closer
2:30 to 4:15 pm: Thinking Outside the (Check) Box

April 19
8:15 to 10:00 am: Hiding in Plain Sight
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Coming Together

For details about the speakers and their topics, visit the TEDMED site.