20th

2020 SPEAKER SERIES

Future of Health

Partnered with Town Hall Seattle

In 2020, ISB is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a four-part speaker series highlighting some of the most important topics in science and health care.

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Our Partner
Town Hall Seattle

We are proud to be partnering with Town Hall Seattle, an incredible venue fresh off a massive renovation. Town Hall Seattle continues to serve as a visible and affordable meeting place for citizens to gather, listen, participate and learn. Town Hall Seattle is a nonprofit organization that maintains a landmark historic building—as well as marketing and production infrastructure—for shared community use.


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2020 Themes

Brain Health

Brain Health

EVENT POSTPONEDMarch 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm

To be rescheduled at a future date

This event has been postponed due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.

Eagleman

David Eagleman, PhD

EVENT POSTPONED March 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Town Hall Seattle

David Eagleman, PhD, is a neuroscientist, TED speaker, Guggenheim Fellow, and New York Times bestselling author. He heads the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute, and serves as an adjunct professor at Stanford University.

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Can we create new senses for humans?

To mark the Institute for Systems Biology 20th anniversary, Town Hall Seattle and the ISB partner to present Dr. David Eagleman, who delivers an exploration of sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw. Sit in for a discussion exploring brain health and issues facing the future of humanity.

Following his keynote address, Dr. Eagleman joins brain health expert Dr. Mary Kay Ross for a panel discussion moderated by ISB Associate Director and Professor Dr. Nathan Price.



Mary Kay Ross

Mary Kay Ross, MD, FACEP


Mary Kay Ross, MD, FACEP, is the founder and CEO of the Seattle-based Brain Health & Research Institute. Prior to launching BHRI, Ross served as Chief Medical Officer of MPI Cognition, the firm credited with introducing multi-modal Alzheimer’s therapies to America.


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Nathan Price

Nathan Price, PhD


Nathan Price, PhD, is Professor and Associate Director of ISB, where he co-directs with Lee Hood the Hood-Price Integrated Lab for Systems Biomedicine. He is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington in the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Molecular & Cellular Biology.


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James R. Heath

Jim Heath, PhD


Jim Heath, PhD, is President and Professor at ISB. He has received several awards and honors, including the Irving Weinstein Award from the American Association of Cancer Researchers, and the Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences. He was named one of the top seven innovators in the world by Forbes Magazine, and has founded or cofounded several companies, including PACT Pharma, Integrated Diagnostics and Indi Molecular.


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Brain Health Sponsor

Brain Injury Law of Seattle
vaccines

Vaccines

September 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Town Hall Event

Reich

Jennifer Reich, PhD

September 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Town Hall Seattle

Jennifer Reich, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Denver. She is the author of two award-winning books: “Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System” and “Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines.” Reich is also co-editor of the book “Reproduction and Society,” and has written more than 30 articles and book chapters that explore childhood vaccinations, reproductive health, welfare, multiracial families, public assistance, and recovery following disaster.

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Calling the shots: Why do parents reject vaccines?

ISB and Town Hall Seattle welcome Dr. Jennifer Reich, a Colorado-based sociologist who researches how individuals and families weigh information and strategize their interactions with state and service providers in the context of public policy, particularly as they relate to health care and welfare.

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James R. Heath

Jim Heath, PhD


Jim Heath, PhD, is President and Professor at ISB. He has received several awards and honors, including the Irving Weinstein Award from the American Association of Cancer Researchers, and the Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences. He was named one of the top seven innovators in the world by Forbes Magazine, and has founded or cofounded several companies, including PACT Pharma, Integrated Diagnostics and Indi Molecular.


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STEM education

STEM Education

July 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Town Hall Event

Ford

Knatokie Ford, PhD

July 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Town Hall Seattle

Knatokie Ford, PhD, is Founder and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise, an education and media consulting organization focused on leveraging the power of storytelling to promote social change, particularly in STEM fields. Previously, Dr. Ford served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she designed and led the “Image of STEM” project.

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Accessible, quality STEM education for all.

ISB and Town Hall Seattle proudly present Dr. Knatokie Ford, an international advocate for STEM and media inclusion, biomedical scientist, social entrepreneur, and talented public speaker who has spoken on a number of important topics, including the imposter syndrome.

Following her keynote address, Dr. Ford will join a panel discussion. More details to follow.

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Angela Jones

Angela Jones, JD


Angela Jones, JD, is the Chief Executive Officer for Washington STEM. With a strong belief in community sustainability and generational growth through access to education, Angela brings 25+ years of passion, service, and leadership in Washington’s P-20 public education systems.


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Nitin Baliga

Nitin Baliga, PhD


Nitin Baliga, PhD, is a founding member of ISB, and serves as director, senior vice president and professor, as well as leader of the Baliga Lab. Dr. Baliga has made transformative contributions to ISB Education. He founded the Systems Education Experiences program. Science curriculum developed by the program has impacted more than 2 million students in more than 100 countries, including all 50 U.S. states.


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AI in Health Care

AI in Health Care

November 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Town Hall Event

Ullman

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Ellen Ullman

November 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Town Hall Seattle

Ellen Ullman wrote her first computer program in 1978. She worked as a photographer and documented the women’s movement as it unfolded in San Francisco, and went on to have a 25-year career as a programmer and software engineer. Her memoir, “Close to the Machine,” about her life as a software engineer during the internet’s first rise, has become a cult classic. Her most recent book, “Life in Code,” relates the evolving story of technology as she lived and worked within it for more than two decades.

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Technology and the future of health.

ISB and Town Hall Seattle are proud to present Ellen Ullman, a talented author and essayist whose writings have become landmark works describing the social, emotional, and personal effects of technology.

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