WIRED and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announce First-Ever WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers

Keynote speakers include Craig Venter, one of the leading scientists of the 21st century, and Ashton Eaton, 'The World's Greatest Athlete.'

    • July 23, 2012

WIRED and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today announced that they are partnering to host the first-ever WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers, which will be held on October 15-16, 2012, at Le Parker Meriden in New York City. The conference is designed to gather a dynamic audience of influential leaders in the worlds of health care, science, and technology for in-depth and enlightening conversations on the future of health care.

Modeled after the WIRED Business Conference, the WIRED Health Conference begins with a simple premise: better data can lead to better health. Living By Numbers represents the current revolution in medicine as the engine of information technology—a force that has revitalized so many industries—arrives to health care. The WIRED Health Conference is designed to build on the enthusiasm for bringing scalable, transformative technologies to improving the diagnosis, care, and prevention of disease by providing a unique forum for the innovators and thought-leaders who are making it happen.

WIRED and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation unveiled some of the speakers confirmed to participate at the inaugural event including:

  • Keynote Speaker Craig Venter, PhD, founder, chairman and president of the J. Craig Venter Institute, and founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc. Venter and his team at JCVI continue to blaze new trails in genomics. They have sequenced and analyzed hundreds of genomes and published numerous important papers covering such areas as environmental genomics, the first complete diploid human genome, and the groundbreaking advance in creating the first self-replicating bacterial cell constructed entirely with synthetic DNA.
  • Keynote Speaker Ashton Eaton, world-record holding athlete in both the decathlon and heptathlon events who will be representing the United States in the decathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Only the second decathlete to break the 9,000-point barrier with a world-record 9,039 points, this World Championships two-time medalist (one gold, one silver) uses extensive data tracking as part of his Olympic training.
  • Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, Ph D, MPH, is a social scientist, physician and professor in the departments of Medicine, Health Care Policy, and Sociology at Harvard University. He conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. His current research focuses on health and social networks, namely how a person’s ill health, disability, health behavior, healthcare, and death can influence the same phenomena in others within the person's social network.
  • Rhonda Cornum, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, PhD., MD, is the director of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness in the Army G-3/5/7 and the author of She Went to War: the Rhonda Cornum Story. She created the soldier fitness-training program for the U.S. Army. The conversation will cover: how do you efficiently and effectively get a military force into fighting shape, especially while national obesity rates are climbing.
  • Timothy Ferriss, The New York Times Best Selling Author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body, and renowned “guinea pig.”
  • WIRED Senior Maverick Kevin Kelly and Contributing Editor Gary Wolf, co-founders of the Quantified Self, a blog about self-knowledge through numbers.
  • Stephen Wolfram, PhD. president and CEO of Wolfram Research, has been responsible for three revolutionary developments: the Mathematica computation system, A New Kind of Science, and the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.

Attendance for the WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers is by invitation only. For more information, please log on to www.wiredhealthconference.com.

About WIRED:

WIRED is the first word on how ideas and innovation are changing the world. Each month in the magazine and every day online, our editors deliver a glimpse into the future of business, culture, innovation, and science. AdWeek named WIRED to its 2011 Hot List and made WIRED its first-ever “Magazine of the Decade” in 2010. It was named to Advertising Age’s A-List in 2010, received three National Magazine Awards for general excellence in 2005, 2007, and 2009, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2011. Wired.com was named 2009’s Best Magazine Website by AdWeek, Best News, Business & Finance Website in 2009 by MPA Digital, and was a 2011 National Magazine Award for Digital Media “General Excellence” finalist. WIRED and Wired.com reach more than 14 million readers each month.

About Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and healthcare issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and healthcare of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and healthcare of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter (www.rwjf.org/twitter) or Facebook, (www.rwjf.org/facebook).

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