Future of Health

Partnered with Town Hall Seattle

In 2020, ISB is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a four-part virtual 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 organization that has served as a civic hub to the Seattle community for more than 20 years.

Town Hall is committed to keeping its programming accessible to all. During the COVID-19 outbreak they will rely on their livestream platform, called Crowdcast, to continue presenting programs.

To join via Crowdcast, simply follow the link on the Town Hall event page, click “Save My Spot” and enter your email address to register. Event pages will be linked from this site as soon as registration is open -- approximately two weeks prior to the event date.

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2020 Themes

Brain Health

Brain Health

Livestream with Dr. David Eagleman

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David Eagleman, PhD

Date Coming Soon

Town Hall Seattle's Digital Stage

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.

A link to reserve your spot will be available two weeks prior to the event date.

Brain Health Sponsor

Brain Injury Law of Seattle


Livestream with Dr. Jennifer Reich

September 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm


Jennifer Reich, PhD

September 17, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall Seattle's Digital Stage

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.

A link to reserve your spot will be available two weeks prior to the event date.

STEM education

STEM Education

Livestream with
Dr. Knatokie Ford

July 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm


Knatokie Ford, PhD

July 30, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall Seattle's Digital Stage
Registration link coming soon

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.

Full Speaker Bio
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.

A link to reserve your spot will be available two weeks prior to the event date.

STEM Education Sponsor

Bristol Meyers Squibb
AI in Health Care

AI in Health Care

Livestream with Ellen Ullman

November 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm


Photo by Elena Mudd

Ellen Ullman

November 5, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall Seattle's Digital Stage

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.

A link to reserve your spot will be available two weeks prior to the event date.

Series Sponsors

Premier Sponsor: BNBuilders, Inc.