Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Brown Symposium


The Brown Symposium in 2014 will examine the scientific foundations and the human dimensions of healing, their interaction, and how both influence the practice of medicine in the 21st century. Six outstanding speakers and an artist will participate in the symposium.

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Victoria Sweet

“Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Putting Them Both Together” Dr. Sweet is a physician and historian who has written a best-selling book called God’s Hotel about her twenty years of medical practice at Laguna Honda Hospital. Sweet has an MD degree and a PhD in the history of science. She is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.
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Kevin Davies

“The Road to the $1000 Genome” Dr. Davies has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and is Vice President of Business Development for the American Chemical Society. He is the author of several best-selling books, including Cracking the Code, about the human genome project, and The $1000 Genome, in which he discusses how low-cost DNA sequencing will transform the practice of medicine.
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Anne West

“Whole Genome Sequencing of a Healthy Family of Four: Scientific, Medical, and Personal Perspectives” Anne West is an undergraduate student at Wellesley College. While in high school, she became interested in her family’s genetic history and how it might influence her future health. She collaborated with a group of researchers, who sequenced the genomes of all members of her family.
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Jonathan Skinner

“The Future of Medicare” Dr. Skinner is the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is also Professor of Family and Community Health at the Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Skinner is an expert on health care economics.
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Mauro Ferrari

“Nanomedicine and New Societal Horizons” Dr. Ferrari is an engineer and is the President and CEO of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on nanotechnology in medicine.
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Peter Hotez

“Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases” Dr. Hotez is the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Dr. Hotez is a scientist, a pediatrician, and a leading expert in the field of global health. He is the author of a book entitled Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases.
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Patricia Olynyk

"Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts)" Director of the Graduate School of Art and the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, Washington University in St. Louis. Olynyk's work explores the dialectics of mind and body, human and artificial, and the noumenal and phenomenal realms.