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Q: “Can food or drink be brought into the DC Armory”  A: Armory rules prohibit any outside food or drink from being brought into the facility. A wide variety of food will be for sale in the Armory at all times.


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Q: “Do young ladies have to wear collared shirts? Dresses usually don’t have collars” A: No they don’t.

Schedule For The 2014 Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Note: Everything is subject to change!

 

Friday, 14 February 2014

4:30 pm Doors Open – Find Your Seat and Meet Your Fellow Congress Scholars

6:00 pm Program Begins

  • Joint Color Guard Presentation of the Colors
  • Our National Anthem Sung by Congress Scholar Victoria Bridges
  • Greetings and Welcome by Emcee and Academy Executive Director Richard Rossi
  • Welcome by US Surgeon General Boris Lushniak
  • Icebreaker Group Activity
  • Remarks renowned coach Dan Sullivan, Learn to Master the Most Important Power of High-Achievers: Never Ending Self-Confidence
  • Remarks by Science Prodigy Jack Andraka, 2012 Grand Prize Intel Science Fair Winner
  • Group Activity
  • Remarks by Dr. Peter Diamandis, Medical Scientist and Futurist
  • Questions for Dr. Diamandis from Congress Scholars
  • Introduction of the National Academy Medical School Scholarship Competition
  • Remarks by Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor, Harvard-Trained Neuroanatomist, Indomitable Stroke Survivor

11:00 pm  Adjourn

 

Saturday, 15 February 2014

8:30 am — Doors Open

10:00 am Program Begins

  • Introduction of the day’s activities by Richard Rossi
  • Inspiring Group Activity
  • Remarks by Dr. Stephen Palter on The Technological Transformation of Surgery
  • Live Surgery Observation – presented by Dr. Stephen Palter
  • Questions for the Surgeon
  • Remarks by Jim Kwik, Renowned Memory and Rapid Learning Expert

1:00-3:00 pm Lunch, Break and Meet & Greet — Volunteers will circulate with the Congress Scholars. These volunteers will be like a Mentor for a Day – they will be physicians, med students, scientists, undergrads and even some speakers who want to chat with Scholars individually.

  • Remarks by Science Prodigies by Isha Jain & Raina Jain, Siemens Competition and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair winners
  • Remarks by Julian J. Pribaz MD, Harvard Professor of Surgery and Face Transplant Expert
  • Remarks by Carmen Tarleton, Recipient of the Nation’s Sixth Full Face Transplant
  • Questions for Dr. Pribaz and Carmen Tarleton
  • Motivating Group Activity
  • Remarks by Science Prodigy Janelle Tam, Winner of the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge in Canada
  • Remarks by Science Prodigy Shree Bose, Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 Google Science Fair
  • Remarks by Nobel Laureate Dr. Jack Szostak, Winner 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and Winner 2006 Lasker Award
  • Questions for Dr. Szostak

6:00-8:00 Dinner Break — Volunteers will circulate with the Congress Scholars. These volunteers will be like a Mentor for a Day – they will be physicians, med students, scientists, undergrads and even some speakers who want to chat with Scholars individually.

  • Introduction to the Student Ambassador Program
  • Remarks by Dr. Connie Mariano, Academy Medical Director, The Road to the White House
  • Questions for Dr. Mariano
  • Remarks by Dr. Craig Venter, Life at the Speed of Light
  • Questions for Dr. Craig Venter
  • Group Activity

10:15pm Adjourn

 

Sunday, 16 February 2013

8:30 am — Doors Open

10:00 am Program Begins

  • Introduction of the Day’s Activities by Richard Rossi
  • Inspiring Group Activity
  • Remarks by Science Prodigy Brittany Wenger, 2012 Winner of Google Science Fair
  • Remarks by Nobel Laureate Dr. Capecchi, Winner 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the 2001 National Medal of Science, the 2001 Lasker Award and the 2003 Wolf Prize in Medicine
  • Questions for Dr. Capecchi
  • Motivating Group Activity
  • Remarks by Science Prodigy Andrey Sushko, 2012 Finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search
  • Remarks by Laura Dominguez-Tauer, A Patients Story: Stem-Cell Transplant Patient
  • Questions for Laura Dominguez-Tauer
  • Introduction to the International Medical Internship

 

1:00-3:00 pm Lunch Break — Volunteers will circulate with the Congress Scholars. These volunteers will be like a Mentor for a Day – they will be physicians, med students, scientists, undergrads and even some speakers who want to chat with Scholars individually.

  • Remarks by Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell, Dean, Georgetown Medical School
  • Questions for Dr. Mitchell
  • Group Activity
  • Remarks by Brendon Burchard, The Charge: Your Path to a Brilliant Future

6:00-8:00 pm Dinner Break — Volunteers will circulate with the Congress Scholars. These volunteers will be like a Mentor for a Day – they will be physicians, med students, scientists, undergrads and even some speakers who want to chat with Scholars individually.

  • Candlelit Awards Ceremony
  • Address to the Convocation by Dr. Connie Mariano, Academy Medical Director
  • Dance!

11:00 pm Adjourn

 

 

J. Craig Venter, One Of The Greatest Scientists Of The 21st Century Will Join Scholars at 2014 Congress of Future Medical Leaders

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research.

He is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit, research organization with approximately 300 scientists and staff dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental genomic research, and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics.

Dr. Venter is also Founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI), a privately held company dedicated to commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, new food and nutritional products, and next generation vaccines.

Dr. Venter began his formal education after a tour of duty as a Navy Corpsman in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. After earning both a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California at San Diego, he was appointed professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In 1984, he moved to the National Institutes of Health campus where he developed Expressed Sequence Tags or ESTs, a revolutionary new strategy for rapid gene discovery.

In 1992 Dr. Venter founded The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR, now part of JCVI), a not-for-profit research institute, where in 1995 he and his team decoded the genome of the first free-living organism, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae, using his new whole genome shotgun technique.

In 1998, Dr. Venter founded Celera Genomics to sequence the human genome using new tools and techniques he and his team developed. This research culminated with the February 2001 publication of the human genome in the journal, Science. He and his team at Celera also sequenced the fruit fly, mouse and rat genomes.

Dr. Venter and his team at JCVI continue to blaze new trails in genomics. They have sequenced and analyzed hundreds of genomes, and have published numerous important papers covering such areas as environmental genomics, the first complete diploid human genome, and the groundbreaking advance in creating the first self- replicating bacterial cell constructed entirely with synthetic DNA.

Dr. Venter is one of the most frequently cited scientists, and the author of more than 250 research articles. He is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, public honors, and scientific awards, including the 2008 United States National Medal of Science, the 2002 Gairdner Foundation International Award, the 2001 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize and the King Faisal International Award for Science. Dr. Venter is a member of numerous prestigious scientific organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Society for Microbiology.

Special Messege For Scholars From Andrey Sushko, Age 18 Inventor, Intel Science Talent Search 2012 Finalist

As some of you may observe, I’ve always been more of a physicist than a physician. One thing I’ve noticed is that cutting edge physics very quickly becomes cutting edge medicine. Just look at MRI, phytotron emission, tomography, ultrasound, and so on.

Another thing to notice is that the things I mentioned are primarily imaging techniques. What happens if we actually need to do something inside the body? Then, barring a few more exotic approaches, we’re left with trying drugs or physically cutting open the patient.

My research is focused around technologies that could, in the long term, create a third option. By studying and exploiting the behavior of surfaces between fluids, such as the surface at the top of a glass of water, it may be possible to create micrometer-scale motors, generators that extract energy from a fluid flow, such as the flow of blood through a vessel, and miniature chemical analysis systems, such as those found in recently developed lab-on-a-chip devices.

Furthermore, it may even be possible to integrate all of these systems, along with complex control circuitry, on a single tiny chip using manufacturing techniques very similar to those already in use by the semiconductor industry. Add some passive radiofrequency communications and some very sophisticated equipment on the outside, and it should be possible to effectively print thousands of independently controllable, mostly autonomous, millimeter-sized robots.

These could then be introduced into the body in a variety of ways and used to monitor chemical indicators, conduct and analyze site-specific biopsies, potentially even deliver drugs or kill cells based on specific chemical markers.

Of course, at this stage, it’s still very hard for me to gauge the practicality nor the potential of this approach. I’d be very interested in hearing what you, who probably have a much greater knowledge of medicine than I can ever claim, might think about this.

That’s all from me for now. I really look forward to talking with many of you in February. See you all in Washington.

Message For Scholars From Raina Jain, Age 19, Youngest Ever Winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Hi. My name is Raina Jain, and I’m a 2010 winner of the Sanofi Aventis International BioGENeius challenge.  My research focused on the use of bioglass, an incredible type of glass that can help regenerate new bone in the body over time.  Specifically, I was looking at how surface roughness of bioglass could enhance cell fusion, proliferation, and differentiation, so patients could experience faster bone growth and recovery after their surgeries.

I’m so excited to joint you all at the 2014 Congress of Future Medical Leaders, so we can all gain from discussion on the evolving field of medicine, and how we can all individually contribute to this evolution.  I am fortunate enough  to directly experience the bridge between research and medicine, and I’ve seen how important it is for the translational steps to be made.  The two fields of research and medicine are tightly intertwined, and each one relies heavily on the other.

Once, when I was at a science competition, a judge approached me after I was done presenting, and asked me further questions about bioglass.  It turns out that she herself had a titanium implant that had already been repeatedly replaced over the past few years.  She asked me more questions about bioglass as a potential alternative to the titanium implant that already failed her multiple times.  And it was then that I realized how important research can be. 

As we all prepare for the Congress, I have a few questions to ask you all.  What do you guys see as the main problems or challenges in the fields of medicine and in science, and how do you see us as a society approaching these problems?  What do you think you, individually, can help bring to overcoming these challenges.  I’m so excited to see your responses.  Please post them online, and we’ll definitely take a look.  I’m really excited to see you all next year as well.  So I’ll see you then.  Bye.

A Special Messege For Scholars From Janelle Tam, Age 17, 2012 National Winner of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada

Hi, my name is Janelle Tam, and I am last year’s national winner of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada. My research was on the use of nanocrystalline cellulose, nanoparticles from trees, as an antioxidant agent that can neutralize the highly reactive atoms, known as “free radicals” that have been linked to diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

I’m incredibly exited to come speak at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, and get to meet some of the brightest young medical minds in the nation, you guys.

The future of medicine, especially medical research, is extremely bright. Scientists are making unprecedented progress in the labs, developing technologies we couldn’t have imagined a decade ago.

Nanotechnology, the science of things in the scale of 10 to the negative 9 meters, is a particularly exciting new frontier, simply because there is so much yet to be discovered. Everything changes at such a small scale, opening up new opportunities to use nanotechnology to revolutionize medicine. For example, therapies using nanoparticles for targeted delivery of chemotherapy drugs to cancer cells will help to drastically reduce the amount of negative side effects of conventional chemotherapy treatments. That’s just one example of the incredibly exiting opportunities that lie in store.

Furthermore, my hope is that we’ll also be able to find environmentally friendly solutions to these problems, so we can benefit humanity, without hurting our earth. We will be the ones responsible for continuing this legacy of discovery and development of better treatments and technologies for the future in order to fight to defeat disease, because we are the future.

 I’m really looking forward to joining you on this journey towards the medical field. I’ll be starting this fall at Princeton University in the pre-medicine track, studying Molecular Biology, and hopefully with a minor or certificate in Global Health Policy.

I’ll be walking alongside you on this road. I can’t wait to see all of your good-looking faces in Washington.