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Watch Bristol's health innovators - videos from TEDMEDLive Bristol

1 May 2013

Bristol Health Partners hosted TEDMEDLive Bristol on 18 April 2013 at the MShed in Bristol. TEDMEDLive Bristol was the official launch of Bristol Health Partners and brought together some of Bristol's leading thinkers, researchers and innovators. The event aimed to inspire and provoke, to share ideas and find ways to transform the understanding of, and approach to, key health problems in Bristol.

To find out more about the event and Bristol Health Partners, watch our overview of the day. You can also download the programme for the day to find out more about each speaker.

Talks are available below, as well as on our YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to for more videos from Bristol Health Partners.

TEDMEDLive Bristol was developed in partnership with TEDMED, a multi-disciplinary community of innovators and leaders who share a common determination to create a better future in health and medicine.


How can we make apps that are actually useful?

Milan Bates, MD, FRCS, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust Foundation. Cardiac surgeon Milan Bates talks about his work to develop an app - working now - that helps cardiac patients manage their condition and helps the clinicians that support them to manage the care they provide.


Surgery, when to say "no"

Professor Jane Blazeby, Professor of Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and University of Bristol. Jane shares her experience as a surgeon and talks about how the best surgeons are those that know when not to operate.


Radiology and robotics: minimal intervention, maximum impact

Dr Mark Callaway, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England. Mark talks about how the application of revolutionary robotics techniques have the potential to transform the way we diagnose, investigate and intervene in the treatment of medical conditions.


A 24/7 digital home health assistant: 'Big Sister' or 'Big Brother'?

Professor Ian Craddock, Research Director for the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering, University of Bristol, and Managing Director of the Toshiba Telecommunications Laboratory, Bristol. Ian talks about how advances in sensor technology have the potential to transform the way we monitor and treat people in their own homes - and whether this technology is more like a (scary) Big Brother or a (benign) Big Sister...


How our genes perform randomised trials

Professor George Davey Smith, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and ALSPAC Scientific Director. George considers how, in order to improve population health, we need to understand what makes people ill. Much is wrong with many of our current approaches to this challenge - observation studies, for example, sometimes turn out to be erroneous. Randomised trials still work best, but they are expensive and sometimes have ethical challanges. Help, as he explains, comes from an unexpected source - our genes.


Delivering better birthdays

Dr Tim Draycott, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics. Tim talks about the importance of making the right way the easy way, and how, by applying this approach, his team and others have made Bristol 'the safest place in the world to have a baby'.


How vaccines really work

Professor Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics, University of Bristol and Paediatric Consultant, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Adam describes how vaccines work and why we all have a role in ensuring that they are effective.


The journey to an Academic Health Science Network

Professor David Fish, Managing Director, UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre. David talks about how UCL Partners in London have driven innovation and the adoption of best practice across a population - and what lessons have been learned from the experience.


Do I need a brain scan every year? Why population screening for dementia is bad for you

Dr Chris Fox, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Chair of the University of East Anglia (UEA) Dementia Research Innovation Group, and DeNDRoN Eastern Region Dementia Research Director. Chris examines why population-level screening for dementia is bad for you in his contribution to an increasingly important debate.


Why are health professionals unfaithful - why do we do research if we don't use its results?

Dr Richard Gray, Professor of Mental Health, University of the West of England. Richard examines the importance of health professionals being 'faithful' to treatments and patients, drawing on his own experience in the treatment of mental health.


Turning the tide of dementia: when do we need to treat?

Professor Derek Hill, Professor of Medical Imaging Sciences, UCL and Chief Operating Officer, IXICO. Derek looks at how we diagnose and treat dementia - and whether we need to rethink the point at which we try to identify the onset of this condition.


Thinking big in organ regeneration

Professor Anthony Hollander, Head of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol. Anthony talks about why size matters in organ generation, and why we need to be ambitious enough to take on the fabrication of complex organs.


Thoughts that go bump in the night

Dr Matt Jones, Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow, School of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Bristol. Matt talks about sleep, what happens inside our brains when we are asleep, and how a better understanding of sleep can help in the treatment of conditions like schizophrenia.


Why medical research is better when patients are partners

Professor John Kirwan, Consultant Rheumatologist and Professor of Rheumatic Diseases, University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Pam Richards, Patient Research Partner, Academic Rheumatology Unit, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. John and Pam share their experience of working together as clinician and patient in the design and conduct of research, and why they believe their research is much better as a result.


Will doctors unify as diseases diversify?

Dr Richard Lee, Lead for Experimental Medicine, Inflammation and Immunotherapy Theme, National Institute for Health Research, Biomedical Research Centre for Opthalmology. Richard Lee reflects on the challenge for clinicians as our understanding of disease becomes ever more complex - and specialised.


Friend or foe - watching immune cells and cancer cells at war

Professor Paul Martin, Professor of Cell Biology, School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol. Paul talks about his research using zebra fish to understand how cancer cells and our immune cells interact.


From microbes to motorcars: the public health challenges for Bristol

Janet Maxwell, Strategic Director of Public Health, Bristol City Council. Janet Maxwell looks at how history shapes health in a city, describing how tobacco, sugar cane and road surfacing technology developed in Bristol have shaped all of our lives - and health.


Lessons in innovation from Johns Hopkins

Dr Edward D Miller, Former Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Ed reflects on his experiences as the CEO and Dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine and shares some of the lessons he learned in over 15 years at the helm of one of the world's most famous medical institutions.


Why is child injury inequitable?

Dr Julie Mytton, Associate Professor of Child Health at the University of the West of England, Consultant in Child Public Health at Bristol City Council and Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team. Julie examines why some children are at more risk of injury than others, and what we should do about it.


The quantum pharmacy

Professor Jeremy O'Brien, Professor of Physics & Electrical Engineering, Director, Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol. Jeremy talks about the strange characteristics of things at the very smallest level - and three ways that our ability to exploit such things as quantum superposistion and entanglement have the potential to transform the way we think about healthcare.


What might a healthcare system built round patients look like?

Dr Sarah Purdy, Reader in Primary Health Care, University of Bristol, GP and Director of the Avoiding Hospital Admission Health Integration Team. Sarah considers how we can design our approaches to delivering care around what makes the difference to patients.


I don't like the way I look

Professor Nichola Rumsey, Co-director, Centre for Appearance Research, Department of Pyschology, University of the West of England. Nichola examines the effect that dissatisfaction with appearance has on our health, and urges us to take a stand against the culture that has helped to create this situation.


This place is killing me!

Professor Gabriel Scally, Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, University of the West of England. Gabriel examines how the places we live shape our health - and how changes to the fabric of urban spaces can improve our lives.


Are Xenon babies cooler babies?

Professor Marianne Thoresen, Professor of Neonatal Neuroscience, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol, and Consultant Neonatologist, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Marianne considers what can be done to minimise the effects of injuries during birth caused by a lack of oxygen. Her work has focussed on cooling babies and the use of xenon gas.


The academic contribution to improving population health

Professor Sir John Tooke, Vice Provost (Health), and UCL, Academic Director, UCL Partners. John shares the experience gained by UCL Partners in London and offers some reflections on the importance of the academic contribution to improving population health.


Animation in healthcare

Heather Wright, Executive Producer / Head of Partner Content, Aardman Animation. Heather talks about major public engagement projects that she's worked on. These include Creature Discomforts with Leonard Cheshire Disability, and the Tate Movie Project which got children involved in film making, with help from Blue Peter.

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