Todd Coleman, a Man of Multidisciplinary Medicine

Todd Coleman received B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and went on to earn a PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, where he also did postdoctoral work in neuroscience.

Like his studies, Coleman’s current work is considered quite interdisciplinary, categorized somewhere in between neuroscience, electrical engineering, applied mathematics and bio-electronics.

Coleman is now the director of the Neural Interaction laboratory, and associate professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. He was also recently named one of San Diego Magazine‘s “50 people to watch in 2013.”

One of Coleman’s current projects is a wireless electronic tattoo used to monitor brainwaves or muscle contractions, especially helpful for newborn babies and pregnant mothers. Some of his other work includes research on a brain interface machine that will enhance one’s ability to perform daily activities, particularly relevant to those with disabilities.

Watch UC-TV’s coverage of Coleman’s presentation about his “epidermal electronics” project.

Coleman, and his work that could improve hospital patients’ comfort, will join the other speakers with ideas to revolutionize health care at this year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific. The third annual conference, hosted by UC San Diego Extension and The Atlantic Magazine, will be held at Scripps Seaside Forum and Calit2 in La Jolla, California on October 2nd through 4th. For more information on registration and speakers like Coleman visit atlanticmeetspacific.com.

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Chris Anderson: Editor, Author, Drone Manufacturer

Last year, The Atlantic Meets the Pacific heard Dr. Eric Topol discuss how technology is making healthcare more personal. This year, The Atlantic Meets the Pacific might get to hear Chris Anderson talk about the personalization of another branch of science: drones.

Anderson studied quantum physics and science journalism at University of California, Berkeley before becoming the editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine from 2001-2012. He has also served as an editor for The Economist and the two scientific journals, Nature and Science. In 2007, he was listed as one of the “Time 100,” the magazine’s compilation of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Anderson is the author of the New York Times best-selling books The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, Free: The Future of a Radical Price, and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.

He is now the CEO of 3D Robotics, a company related to DIYdrones.com, which Anderson also founded.

In this video, watch Anderson give a brief explanation of his newest venture, personal drones.

Chris Anderson will be speaking at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, held at Scripps Seaside Forum and Calit2 in La Jolla, California on October 2nd through 4th. For more information on speakers and the event hosted by UC San Diego Extension and The Atlantic Magazine, visit atlanticmeetspacific.com.

Kristiina Vuori at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific

Another speaker has been added to The Atlantic Meets the Pacific lineup: Kristiina Vuori. Vuori is the Pauline & Stanley Foster Presidential Chair, president, and interim CEO of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. She has also been professor and director of Sanford-Burnham’s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center for the last ten years.

According to Sanford-Burnham’s website, “Dr. Vuori’s laboratory is working to identify the molecular mechanisms of adhesion-dependent survival and motility in normal cells…Dr. Vuori’s research is aimed at unraveling the cell mechanisms of the most life-threatening aspect of cancer, which is cancer metastasis.”

Catch Sanford-Burnham’s glimpse into Vuori’s laboratory as she describes her work.

And be sure to catch her at the third annual conference hosted by UC San Diego Extension and The Atlantic Magazine on October 2nd through 4th at Calit2 and Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California. For more information on registration and speakers, like Vuori, visit atlanticmeetspacific.com.

Another Speaker Announced: Dr. Deepak Chopra

DEEPAK CHOPRADr. Deepak Chopra has just been confirmed to the lineup of speakers for this year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific.

Trained in internal medicine and endocrinology, Chopra is also the author of over 65 books, many reaching the New York Times Bestsellers list. For those who attended the first The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, one might remember Chopra’s talk about the relationship between science and spirituality, in his discussion of the book he co-wrote with Leonard Mlodinow, titled “The War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality.”

Chopra was born in New Delhi and graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He immigrated to America in 1968 and in 1973, earned his license to practice medicine in the state of Massachusetts. Chopra was once the chief of staff at the New England Memorial Hospital and taught at the medical schools of Tufts University, Boston University, and Harvard University.

Then in 1985, Chopra was invited to study Ayurveda by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi which began Chopra’s career in alternative medicine. Chopra left his positions in the traditional medical field and soon became the founding president of the American Association of Ayuvedic Medicine and medical director of Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center for Stress Management and Behavioral Medicine before he was named “Dhanvantari (Lord of Immortality), the keeper of perfect health for the world” by the Maharishi.

In 1996, Chopra founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Southern California with neurologist David Simon, with a practice that combines western and ancient wellness regimens focusing on maintaining a healthy balance within mind and body. According to the Chopra Center’s website, “The Chopra Center’s mission is to serve as the global source for balance, healing, transformation, and the expansion of awareness.”

In addition to his continued involvement with the Chopra Center, Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and a senior scientist at the Gallup Organization.

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, presented by UC San Diego Extension and The Atlantic Magazine, will take place on October 2nd through 4th at Scripps Seaside Forum and Calit2 in La Jolla, California. For more information on registration and speakers like Chopra, check atlanticmeetspacific.com.