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Aspen Ideas Festival 2017: Spotlight Health Returns

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Biosyntrx founders, board of directors, employees and scientific advisors are passionately committed to medical and health education, so we are providing our Friday Pearl readers with information about the 2017 Aspen Institute "Spotlight Health" Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado, June 22 -  25, 2017.

Spotlight Health is  the opening segment of the annual Aspen Institute Ideas Festival. The tradition of deep dives along the cutting edge of health and medicine continues for its fourth year, presented as always through a global lens.

Stimulating and often provocative, Spotlight Health features some of the world’s leading doers and thinkers – the icons and the up-and-comers of our time. A mix of formats, including keynotes, one-on-one interviews, interactive sessions, and panel discussions foster learning and encourage informal conversations with speakers. There are lessons from innovators working around the world, art displays that echo the themes of the conference, and exercise breaks to keep the body and mind sharp.

2017 Spotlight Health Programming Tracks


As a species, we do not walk alone. In the journey from birth to death, we depend on others to nurture our young, heal what ails us, and ease our way out of the world. We’re at an inflection point in determining what care will look like, how it will be delivered, and by whom. But we already know that we’ll need healers who value personal touch as much as they do science, caregivers who are adequately trained and compensated, and technology that is supportive, but not dehumanizing. How we tend to others at their most vulnerable moments speaks volumes about our humanity.


Good health is one of the greatest gifts of a vigorous, fulfilling life, but clinical care alone cannot produce it. Thriving cities that encourage healthy behavior, investments in quality education and housing, access to good jobs, and global security are other key ingredients. Strengthening the convergence of human and planetary health and a deeper commitment to racial equity and social justice are also prominent in the recipe. Recognizing that a society cannot be healthy if some of its people are barred from realizing their potential, the mission and agenda of many fields are converging on health.


We live in an age when improbable advances are actually occurring, and what once seemed impossible now appears achievable.  Former Vice President Joe Biden’s pursuit of a cancer cure is not the only moonshot out there. Wild and brave entrepreneurs and scientists are pushing boldly forward with innovations that can lift up everyone, wherever they live. With the right commitments, we can create a planet that offers universal access to clean water and health coverage for all. We may be able to conquer disease, vanquish hunger, and eliminate maternal mortality.  It won’t happen overnight, but we’re on a path towards amazing transformation, with visionaries lighting the way.

The Brain

Science is making rapid strides in its understanding of the structure and function of the brain. Imaging technologies offer vivid visuals of how we respond to joy, novelty, trauma, and loneliness. Maps of signaling pathways show us how the brain develops and ages, and how acts of imagination, art, and love foster a healthier mind.  By explaining human behavior at the neural level, new research is revealing the connection between mental and physical health, offering insights about resilience, and helping unlock human capacity. The science of the brain and the wonders of the mind give new meaning to the word “awesome.”

We sincerely hope our readers who are interested will make every effort to attend this medicine- and  health-focused opening segment of the annual Ideas Festival featuring the best and the brightest this and many other countries have to offer.  Fortunately for all of us, the generous supporters of the Aspen Institute provide free audio and video presentations of the annual Idea Festival major lectures for the public via the Aspen Institute website and Youtube.  

Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff


The intimacy of the Aspen Ideas Festival gatherings renders the experience unique and unforgettable.  It's a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.,  is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. So register soon if you are interested in Spotlight Health, or either one of the other Aspen Institute Idea Festivals. 


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