TED has earned a reputation as a meeting of the minds, where the brightest of the bright share their light with the curious, the cultured, and the cool. Biomedical researcher Dr. Jamey Marth, director of the Center for Nanomedicine took his place on TED’s elite roster on October 10 (or 10/10/10).
In case you’re not familiar with the TED phenomenon, it began as a convention showcasing speakers from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design. The 15-minute presentations, known as TED Talks, then took off on the web, reaching millions who could never have attended the convention. Topics range from “Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?” to “What Physics Taught Me About Marketing.” Talks have also included performances by world class musicians and demonstrations of jaw-dropping technology. TED Talks have become extremely popular on the internet, and TED has branched out to allow interested parties to present their own local events under the name TEDx.
TEDx American Riviera, as the Santa Barbara event is known, focused on imagination. Dr. Marth’s imagination has led him to develop nano-sized “smart devices” which diagnose, target, treat and cure disease before it can cause symptoms and spread. This technology could lead to revolutionary treatments for diabetes, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few.