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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Dr. Eric Topol on The Colbert Report

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Eric Topol brought his message to Comedy Network.

Tuesday, March 26th, Dr. Eric Topol appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss his new book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care. Check out his interview with Stephen Colbert here and be sure to watch UC-TV’s coverage of his discussion at last year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific.

Don’t Forget, Eric Topol will back for this year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific as well.

The event, hosted 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.

Visit atlanticmeetspacific.com for more information on upcoming speakers.

Quantifying Oneself and Quantifying the Benefits

When Socrates gave the commandment “know thyself,” he could have never imagined how literally “self quantifiers” would take this notion of self understanding.

Self tracking has become trendier than ever. This year’s South by SouthWest had a panel dedicated to discussing the latest apps and devices used for anything from counting calories and steps to levels of amino acids in the body.

The popular Fitbit and Nike Fuelband only skim the surface of the self tracking movement.

Peter Zandan, chairman of Hill+ Knowlton Strategies, who headed the sxsw panel about “how self-tracking geeks are shaping our future,” gave NPR this list of some of the most popular and cutting edge products in the self tracking movement: 23andMe, for DNA analysis; Talking20, amino acid testing; Moodscope, a mood tracking app; Zeo, a sleep monitoring device; and Equanimity, an app that aids meditation practices.

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Larry Smarr during last year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific

At last year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, Larry Smarr showcased some of his favorite self tracking devices, including his Zeo headband and Fitbit.

Smarr has become one of the most well known self trackers, after the Atlantic Magazine’s article about him, titled “The Measured Man” revealed the inside scoop and benefit of such obsessive self inquiry. Smarr took his self quantifying a bit further than most, collecting and testing stool samples. But, this led to a perfect example of how useful self quantifying can be and how it could drastically reshape healthcare.

larry-smarrTo hear Smarr explain how his data collection led to his early self diagnosis of a chronic illness, check out UC-TV’s coverage of his talk and all of last year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific.

This year, Smarr will once again speak at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, held at Scripps Seaside Forum and Calit2 in La Jolla, California. From October 2nd through 4th, UC San Diego Extension and The Atlantic Magazine will host a series of speakers, like Smarr, to discuss the forefront of technology, energy, and health.

Check atlanticmeetspacific.com for more information on this year’s event.

Eric Topol at The Altantic Meets the Pacific

Nearly a month ago, Eric Topol, M.D. released his latest book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care.” While Topol is a professor of genomics at the Scripps Research Institute, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and holds the Scripps endowed chair in innovative medicine, he still found time to write this book discussing how the intersection of modern technological advances and scientific discovery will drastically change healthcare.

In this book, he says that cellular devices have advanced along with the internet to allow users to connect and share data at anytime, anywhere. This progress, coinciding with the mapping of the human genome, is what he claims has laid the foundation for a revolution of more personalized, accurate, and readily accessible healthcare.

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Since its publication, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine” has received rave reviews from Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and New York Times, with Roger Blumenthal of Forbes saying it “should be required reading by all physicians and in all medical schools. It is simply that good.”

At last year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, Topol held a discussion also titled “The Creative Destruction of Medicine,” which gave a preview of the topics discussed in his book. To watch all of this talk, check out UC-TV’s coverage of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific.

Topol will once again be speaking at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific. This year, the conference will take place on October 2nd through 4th. For its third consecutive year, UC San Diego Extension and the Atlantic Magazine will gather speakers, like Topol, to discuss the cutting edge of technology, energy, and health at the Scripps Seaside Forum and Calit2 in La Jolla, California.

Check the website for more information about upcoming speakers.

Stacey Snider, Moving DreamWorks Forward

DreamWorks Animation has announced a new partnership with Netflix to create an original cartoon series. This is the next step in DreamWorks’ campaign to go beyond the silver screen, teaming with Netflix’s desire to strengthen its appeal to children.

Like DreamWorks Animation’s other television shows on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, the Netflix series will be a spinoff of a DreamWorks Animation movie. The Netflix show will be called “Turbo F.A.S.T.” based on the upcoming DreamWorks movie “Turbo”, about a snail that becomes super fast, in theaters July 19.

On Tuesday, when the deal was announced, DreamWorks’ shares rose 2.91 percent, to $16.63.

DreamWorks Animation’s chief executive, Jeffrey Katzenberg, refers to this agreement as “Part of the television revolution.”

At last year’s Atlantic Meets Pacific conference, Stacey Snider, co-chairman and CEO oImagef DreamWorks Studios, spoke about what it takes to be Steven Spielberg’s right hand gal and how she contributes to the production of critically acclaimed movies.

See all of Stacey Snider’s Atlantic Meets Pacific talk on UC-TV.

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific is an event hosted by UC San Diego Extension and the Atlantic Magazine, putting together a number of influential speakers, like Snider, to discuss the cutting edge of technology, energy, and health. For a third year in a row, the Atlantic Meets the Pacific will be hosted in La Jolla, California at the Scripps Seaside Forum and Calit2 on October 2 through 4, 2013.

Check back in March for more information on this year’s Atlantic Meets Pacific speakers!