Spend my Saturday on the 18th of April like any another week day waking up at 6am to make it at 8am ! But this time it was so worth it! lol
The Royal society of Medicine (RSM) has always been the home of medical education, and as a fellow member I keep myself ( and now you) updated and informed on all the latest developments in medicine and healthcare. It is also the host of The Medical Innovation summit twice a year! and in this post I will share with you my 3 favourite speakers and innovators of 2015!
Dr. Joshua Landy – Figure 1
Dr. Landy is a Canadian Internist and Critical Care Medicine Specialist, but he is more recognised as the co-founder of a mobile health app called Figure 1 (basically the Instagram for Doctors) . Figure 1 is a social network where doctors can upload and share case photos , or a ‘Symfie’ (Symptoms selfie) if you will, with other doctors and medical students. (don’t look at the pic below if you are the queasy type!)
“Once images are uploaded into the stream, comments and answers start appearing within minutes,” said Landy. “But you can also page people for specific queries.”
So there you have it! as a health care professional you can broaden your knowledge not with colleagues, not with books, not with the internet but with having access to a free and ever-growing library of ‘news feed’ of real-world medical cases in all of their splendour! and ‘star’ the ones you want to come back to ! Medicine, after all, is highly visual.
Dr. Geraldine Hamilton – Emulate Inc
Dr. Hamilton is not only the president and Chief Scientific Officer for Emulate Inc (which I will write about in a few) but she is one of the most down to earth, bubbly and spontaneous scientist I came across! I had to stop myself from cracking up for the photo :p
Emulate Inc is a private company initiating a new medicine! It is primarily focused on commercialising ‘Organs-on-chips’ as a new living platform for mimicking human physiology and Dr. Hamilton in one of its founding scientists.
‘Organs-on-chips’ are microchips composed of a clear flexible polymer about the size of a computer memory stick that contains hollow micro-fluidic channels lined by living human cells which outlines the micro-architecture and functions of living organs, such as the lung, heart, and intestine. There are now 10 official ‘Organs-on-chips’.
Not only that, but they are so aesthetically beautiful that they were nominated as the ‘Design of the Year 2015’ by the Design Museum in London and are put on display till August 16, 2015 as well as being acquired and displayed by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in MoMA’s latest Architecture and Design Exhibition , “This Is For Everyone: Design For The Common Good”, until January 2016. A Must check out!
Generally, clinical studies are outrageously costly and take years to complete when testing on traditional animal models which , sometimes, do not accurately mimic human physiology. But with these ‘chips’ the archetype used by pharmaceutical companies to discover and develop new drugs is broken! (More in the video below)
Last but not least my final innovator and speaker is 16 years old
Kenneth Shinozuka – Safe Wanderer
Kenneth is not only still at school but is the winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by Google Science Fair, for his project ‘Wearable Sensors: A Novel Healthcare Solution for the Ageing society.
It all started when Kenneth’s grandfather, an Alzheimer’s patient, began wandering out of bed at night (more than 65% of Alzheimer’s patients are wanderers) and suffered accidents as a result. The whole family had to stay awake all night to keep an eye on him, which resulted in acute physical and mental stress, more so when Kenneth had to move with his parents and his aunt was left as the primary caretaker.
After much research and self taught experimentation, he invented super-slim sensors, attached to a foot or in a sock which can alert caregivers via their smart phone if a patient begins to wander. Since then ‘ Safe Wanderer’ was used in approximately 500 cases with no false alerts. ( Click on the video below for more info)
Leaving you with this quote from Robin S Sharma
“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.”
May you be a dreamer!