Meghan O'Rourke Author Bio

Meghan O’Rourke

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6 pm

ISB will welcome New York Times bestselling author Meghan O’Rourke to a virtual Town Hall Seattle event. In her book, “The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness,” O’Rourke delivers a revelatory investigation into this elusive category of “invisible” illness that encompasses many autoimmune diseases. In this virtual fireside chat, O’Rourke will join ISB President Dr. Jim Heath, who has deeply studied long COVID and its similarities to other chronic illnesses, to discuss chronic diseases, how they’ve traditionally been understood and treated, and what the future holds. Sign up for our newsletter to be alerted as soon as tickets are available.

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Reimagine: Healthcare

Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 6 to 8 pm

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Annual STEM Education Fundraiser

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Save the date for ISB’s annual fundraiser in support of our STEM Education efforts. We’ll announce the annual Valerie Logan Award for Leadership in Science Education and highlight one of our important projects creating and implementing a Systems Medicine course for high school students. Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date and receive your invitation.

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Archived Events

Research Roundtable with Dr. Sean Gibbons

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Research Roundtable with Chris Lausted and Dr. Danielle Vermaak

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Research Roundtable with Drs. Jenn Hadlock and Sam Piekos


Research Roundtable with Dr. Sui Huang

Research Roundtable with Dr. Nitin Baliga

Fireside Chat: Matt Richtel, Dr. Jim Heath

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Research Roundtable with Dr. Jim Heath

Reimagine: Your Immune System

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Fireside Chat: Drs. Jack Gilbert, Sean Gibbons

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ISB 2021 Virtual Microbiome Series

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Research Roundtable with Dr. Jake Valenzuela

Fireside Chat: Drs. Nir Barzilai, Lee Hood

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Research Roundtable with Dr. Andrew Magis

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Research Roundtable with Dr. Naeha Subramanian

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Fireside Chat: Drs. Francis Collins, Lee Hood

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Dr. Temple Grandin on the Importance of Getting Kids Outside

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Research Roundtable with Dr. Jared Roach

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Research Roundtable with Dr. Lee Hood

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Q&A: Drs. David Sinclair, Lee Hood

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Research Roundtable with Dr. Sean Gibbons

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Q&A: Drs. Anthony Fauci, Lee Hood

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Q&A: Drs. Rod Hochman, Jim Heath

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Reimagine: Brain Health

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Dr. David Eagleman on Creating New Senses for Humans

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2020 Microbiome Course and Symposium

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Dr. Eric Alm on Population-Scale Covid-19 Tracking

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Dr. Jennifer Reich on the Politics of Vaccination

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Dr. Knatokie Ford on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

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