Learn About the Latest Cutting-Edge
Innovations in Medical Technology
at the Congress of
Future Medical Leaders
Technology most of the public doesn’t even know exists!
- 3-D Printing of Body Parts
Vital human body parts on demand. Need a new kidney or ear? Artificial construction of living tissue by producing layers of living cells. Print human embryonic stem cells, blood vessels, cartilage and bone, skin, and organs (heart, kidney, liver). Applications in medical research and in studying diseases.
A new form of artificial life? Manipulating matter at the near atomic scale. Rearranging atoms of one material into another. Implications for transformation of the physical world and human biology.
Create specific drug delivery systems on a cellular basis; perform minute surgical procedures such as removing cancerous cells or repairing damaged cells, and treat mental illness through precise drug delivery to the brain.
- The Human Genome
Explore gene therapy, gene manipulation, gene generation and designer gene integration, and find cures for many heritable diseases. Genetically engineer plants, animals and bacteria by changing the information within their DNA, and adapt nature to solve human problems.
- Stem Cells
Cure “incurable” diseases, create organs, repair injuries and damage to the human body, improve quality of life. Explore breakthroughs and the latest technology that allows manipulation of blueprint cells into different kinds of cells in the human body.
- Synthetic Organs and Organ Cloning
Explore the latest technology that creates replacement body parts such as hearts, livers and kidneys to extend life and improve the quality of life. Eighteen people die each day in the U.S. waiting for an organ. Could this help solve the long transplant list of approximately 117,900 people?
- Bionic Body Parts
Merging of man and machine, aided by the brain-computer interface. Interface with the brain and computers inside and outside of the human body.
- Artificial Body Parts
Artificial arms, legs, ears, eyes and other body parts containing computer chips and microprocessors, controlled both by the autonomous systems of the body and manual brain manipulation.
- Regenerative Medicine
Repair, replace and regenerate tissues and organs damaged by aging, trauma or disease. Includes cell therapies, tissue engineering, regenerative compounds, aesthetic medicine, tools and devices.
- Synthetic Biology
Create artificial life and develop new forms of enzymes, genetic circuits and other biological components to help solve difficult and complex problems.
- DIY Genomics
“Do-it-Yourself” genetic engineering. Can you really use lab equipment that’s homemade or purchased online to perform genetic testing? Will these biohackers save humanity or unleash a medical or environmental disaster?
- Limb Regeneration
While developing in the womb, babies who lose entire limbs can grow them back. What changes after we are born, and are adults capable of limb regeneration?
- Tissue Engineering
Improve, restore, enhance and/or maintain tissue function.
- Smart Pills and Drug Discoveries
Improving body functions, energy, memory, brain function, sleep and mood with drugs, supplements, stimulants and dopaminergics: drugs of the future.
- Implantable Medical Devices
Pacemakers, artificial hips and knees, coronary stents, defibrillators, metal screws to hold a broken bone in place. Are they safe and effective? Discover new forms of implantable medical devices and what their future may hold.
- Real-time Brain Imaging
Observe brain activity and blood flow in the brain in real time. Diagnose and differentiate between psychiatric conditions, help identify and treat traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, and study how drugs interact and affect our brain.
- Brain-Computer Interface
Stroke patients, paraplegics and others with limited motion translating their thoughts into actions. Patients formerly had to be connected to a computer; can a wireless-brain computer interface be safely implanted in the brain?
- Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Using medication to correct chemical imbalances in the brain that cause disease such as mood disorders and schizophrenia. Mood disorders affect about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population, or 20.9 million American adults. Discuss social issues, support, improvements and psychological impact.
- Computer- and Robot-Assisted Surgery
Perform less invasive surgery and accurate surgery; Doctors do not need to be in the same room or even country to perform surgery on a patient.
- Drug Delivery Microchips
Forget daily injections of medication. Possibilities and repercussions of microchips implanted into your body to deliver medication remotely.
- Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Stimulating the brain through techniques that deliver tiny, painless electric currents across the brain for improved learning, memory, mental health and intelligence. Will a superhuman be made with electric shocks?
Is the natural world the planet’s most innovative engineer and problem-solver? Medical scientists mimic and are inspired by nature to create innovative medical technology. Who would have thought that the sticky properties of a gecko’s feet could seal holes in organs, or that the tentacles of a jellyfish would inspire a cancer treatment?
In Action: We’ve arranged for you to see the latest technology at work by watching an “in real time” surgical procedure! You’ll also have the unique opportunity to submit questions for the surgeon to answer during the surgery!
PLEASE NOTE: All topics subject to change in order to present the most up-to-date science.