On May 10, Stanford will host its third TEDxStanford event under the theme "Above and Beyond." Tickets for the popular daylong conference will go on sale Monday and can be purchased online from the Stanford Ticket Office.
A recent Stanford News article highlighted some of the speakers for this year's program, which includes a double-lung transplant recipient who plays the bagpipe, a Stanford student and championship-winning professional racecar driver and a pair of two-time U.S. amateur dance champions in American Rhythm. Melinda Saks, producer and organizer, described the event saying, "TEDxStanford is an intellectual variety show that reflects how humanities, technology, medicine and arts all intersect at Stanford University to create a remarkable day no one will want to miss."
Among the speakers is Jill Helms, PhD, a professor in the Department of Surgery. Helms leads a team of researchers whose focus is activating a patient’s own stem cells at the site of an injury to speed up tissue healing. As explained on the TEDxStanford site, "The team’s strategy is to 'commandeer' the molecular machinery that regulates stem cell self-renewal and proliferation, and in doing so, stimulate tissue regeneration even in people whose own repair mechanisms aren’t working well."