This one’s a biggie—ten years. Thank you all again.
Every year we think we are finally in the transition to being helpful on a broad canvas. Maybe this year is “the year”.
Putting our collective dreams aside, we are so fortunate that so many great people have joined us for the weekend. We have old friends and new friends, repeat visitors, and people in the room who seem energized by being here.
Please enjoy the talks and the discussions. Perhaps our odd blend of science and a deep, shared human need will do some good.
The 8th annual symposium, “Evolution: From the Lab to the Livingroom,” included topics on health care and big data, infectious diseases & food innovations. Presentations were made by health care innovators, medical researchers, scientists, and thought leaders.
The 7th annual symposium, “Standing Together—Health Care for Our Common Good,” included topics on health care accessibility, human gene therapy, primary care in today’s world, drug research and development, the social behavior of bees, and the power of generosity. Presentations were made by health care innovators, medical researchers, scientists, and thought leaders.
The sixth annual GoldLab Symposium focuses on the scientific and the social components of health care. In addition to the usual interesting science, humor, clinical information, medical research, and quality-of-life issues, we once again come together to think, learn, and laugh in hopes that we can turn our discussions into actions for improving health care and healthy living for all.
The 2014 symposium focused on emerging knowledge in science and medicine, and on how the brain’s capacity and limitations affect the progress for improving healthcare. Once again, the symposium illustrated, through presentations and dialogue, the importance of making the hard science completely understandable to the audience. Discussions of the intellectual, scientific, economic, and social aspects of healthcare were stimulated by agent provocateurs who challenged participants with interludes of deep thought about how we learn and act.
The 2013 symposium recognized the complexities of healthcare, which included the intellectual, scientific, economic, and social aspects. The sessions explored the expanding scientific basis of personalized medicine; explored drug targets and development; and considered the impact of education, aging, chronic conditions, and immunology on the evolution of healthcare. Presentations on healthcare economics and efficiency, and reflections on the future were included, as well as a discussion about efforts toward slowing global warming.
The 2012 symposium recognized that healthcare and its related sciences present a huge systems problem and that solutions lie not only in scientific innovation and discovery, but also in political action and the transformation of healthcare delivery at both the individual and societal levels.
The 2011 probed both the acute/common and rare/neglected diseases that strip us of health, imagined the tsunami of diseases that are amassing for invasion at our borders, looked at the growing empowerment of groups of patients banding together to help themselves using the internet, and analyzed the possible impact of patent law and large data bases to restore urgency to the dialogue.
During the U.S. healthcare deliberations, the words invention, technology, diagnostics, and wellness were mentioned rarely, if ever. No one said “revolution in healthcare” and yet a healthcare revolution is underway. Never before could a physician peer into the body, blood, or DNA of a patient and “see” the risk of disease for that person or “see” a disease at such an early stage that intervention might be crucial. That vision defines personalized medicine, which includes actionable measurements of genotype and phenotype – DNA and proteins.
For the inaugural symposium, Gold Lab invited medical and scientific thought leaders and stakeholders to debate and inform each other and the audience on how best to facilitate the most timely transformation of medicine. “Our motivation is simple,” said Dr. Larry Gold, Professor, MCDB, University of Colorado and CEO of SomaLogic, “Scientists are responsible for innovations; scientists also must participate in discussions that enable the timely use of those innovations. An informed citizenry is at the heart of an improved healthcare system.”