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Health Tech: How Technology, and Austin, Will Help You Live Longer & Better

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The Austin Forum on Technology & Society presents

Health Tech: How Technology, and Austin, Will Help You Live Longer & Better

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Dr Jordan Amadio and more

5:15pm Check-in and refreshments
6:00 pm – Doors open for seating
6:15 pm – Presentation
7:30 pm – Networking


Human bodies are amazingly capable and resilient, but there are countless risks and dangers to our health and lifespan. Technology has long been used in the pursuit of health and longevity, from bandages and thermometers to splints and herbal medicines. In the era of advanced computing technologies and sensors, nanotechnology and robotics, and massive data and artificial intelligence, we are discovering new ways to detect and diagnose illnesses and injuries and to treat them medically and surgically. We are learning new ways to rehabilitate bodies and recover from injuries and illnesses, and how to prevent many illnesses and conditions from ever occurring. As we enter 2020, we can credibly picture a not-too-distant future in which precision medicine will end death from disease (if not disease itself), that nanotechnology and robotics will enable precision surgery to yield total recovery in nearly 100% of all cases, and that artificial limbs and organs will replace original ones with equal or greater capabilities and durability. Moreover, we are uncovering the genetic and epigenetic causes of aging, and thus we can foresee extending healthy, high quality lives to well beyond 100 years and to realize our maximum lifespan potential.


As one of the leading cities in the world for computing technologies, academic research, innovation, and startups—and now home to the Dell Medical School—Austin is well positioned to become a leader in the creation of health-related technologies. Join us as two leaders in Austin’s health tech ecosystem—Dr. Jordan Amadio, neurosurgeon and innovator at Ascension and Dell Med, and Scott Collins PhD, biotech entrepreneur and co-founder of BioAustin—share the current state and future possibilities for health technologies and for the Austin opportunities in everything from wearables and diagnostics to robotics and rehabilitation technologies. Then, Dr. Amadio with then discuss into the future of surgery as one example of this technological revolution in healthcare. (Future Austin Forum programming will cover precision medicine, advanced diagnostics, and more.) Join us as we learn how our lives will get better and longer—and how you may be able to contribute!

*Admission to the Austin Forum is always free. Free street parking is available on Tuesdays!*

About the Speakers:

Dr. Jordan Amadio is a practicing neurosurgeon at Ascension Texas and the University of Texas Dell Seton Medical Center. He is also the founding partner of NeuroLaunch, a neuroscience startup incubator. Dr. Amadio completed a degree in biophysics at Princeton University and earned his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. He was among the first cohort of physicians to graduate with a concurrent MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed a 7-year residency in neurosurgery at Emory University, where he served as Chief Resident in 2016. In 2014, Dr. Amadio was one of 15 young physicians to receive the American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Award. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and institutions, including Genentech, Harvard University, Georgia Tech, Mayo Clinic, TEDx, SXSW, and Exponential Medicine.

Scott Collins PhD is an accomplished innovator, entrepreneur and business leader with experience spanning engineering, biotechnology, and software. His research focused on growing blood vessels out of the body utilizing adult stem cells to modulate the process. Scott is on the board of BioAustin and the scientific advisory board for the New Organ Alliance that provides an X-prize like reward for innovations that move us closer to organs on demand. He enjoys finding new ways to apply technology to solve human problems.



The Austin Forum accepts donations of used smartphones, computer and tablets at all our events to be repurposed for those in need. All devices will have a factory reset and be set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’ nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection” initiative, which will connect every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy training, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated phone can change lives and help close Austin's digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.



Want to learn more about the pervasive and emerging technologies that are impacting how you work and live? Check out the Austin Forum blogs and podcasts on our website, featuring experts and leaders in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Click here to learn more.


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