The inaugural World Medical Innovation Forum kicked off on Monday, April 27, with a focus on neuroscience research and patient care. Many in the audience live tweeted during the three-day event. We’ve compiled some of the highlights below.
#WMIF15 began with a warm welcome.
Audience members – including reporters – were poised to live tweet and filed stories throughout the day.
The first panel of the day: BWH’s Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, and other experts in neurocare joined CBS News chief medical correspondent Jonathan LaPook, MD, for a lively discussion about some of the major challenges the field faces.
Brain machines, electroceuticals (electrical impulses that stimulate nerve cells) and more were the topic of discussion at the next panel.
Later in the day, BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD, shared her insights on transformation, innovation and educating the next generation of physician-scientists.
If you didn’t catch everything from the first day, don’t worry: the WMIF’s blog has it covered, thanks to rapid blogging by the iHub and BRI co-op students, Angelica Recierdo and Alessandra Maahs, respectively.
The morning of the forum’s second day marked the launch of #50MillionFaces, announced during a patient one-on-one session featuring Nancy Snyderman, MD, chief medical editor of NBC News, and Ann Romney, global ambassador for BWH’s Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases.
The second day also featured panels on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and more with many experts from BWH sharing their work and perspectives.
Attendees picked up a few new vocabulary words throughout the day.
On the third and final day of the forum, BWH’s Howard Weiner, MD, offered insights into MS.
Weiner, Silbersweig and many other BWH experts took the stage for a much-anticipated session later that morning titled “The Disruptive Dozen: 12 Technologies That Will Reinvent Neurocare.”
Among the 12 emerging technologies/innovations selected were early detection/diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, focused ultrasound for treating various neurological conditions and using the microbiome to diagnose and treat neurodegenerative diseases.
On Wednesday afternoon, BWH’s Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, delivered his keynote, “The Century of the Molecule Becomes the Century of the System.”