Eric Topol, cardiologist, geneticist, and researcher, discusses harnessing information into action at Wired Health Conference: Living By Numbers.
Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute;
Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute
in conversation with THOMAS GOETZ
Thomas Goetz is executive editor of WIRED magazine and author of the book The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine. Since Goetz joined WIRED in 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 18 National Magazine awards and has won nine times, including the top award for General Excellence three times. His cover stories at WIRED have been selected for both the Best American Science Writing and the Best Technology Writing anthologies. Before joining WIRED, Goetz held posts at the Village Voice, then at the Wall Street Journal, and The Industry Standard.
Dr. Eric Topol
As a leader in the movement to modernize medical treatment through the latest technology, Dr. Eric Topol is creating new, more effective ways to treat patients–ways that will dramatically bring down the costs of health care.
His new book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care, is about how social networking, smartphones, and the powerful new tools that sequence each individual’s genome will give consumers control of their own individual information and revolutionize medicine.
A dynamic and eloquent speaker, Dr. Topol presents fascinating developments in wireless technology that allow physicians to monitor and respond to their patient’s vital signs from anywhere in the world — all in real time.
He is also a leading medical researcher in the area of genomics, where his work has led to the discovery of the genes that increase a person’s risk of heart attack. He has pioneered new drugs and new advances in the treatment of heart disease.
Dr. Topol’s voluminous medical research has led him to being named “Doctor of the Decade” by the Institute for Scientific Information.
Dr. Topol is working to bring a new kind of medicine into widespread practice: specifically designed treatments based on the individual’s unique genetic structure. This innovative approach, combined with the latest in medical technology, opens up a world of highly personalized treatment, better care, reduced need for hospital beds, and lower costs for everybody.
As director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, he is dedicated to training new generations of physicians and scientists for research-based careers — bringing together the latest scientific findings and clinical work for more effective medical research.
Eric Topol, Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute, introduces the coming future of biotechnology. Topol declares that soon sensors, powered by our bloodstream, will be able to analyze potential health dangers in our bodies.