TEDxNorthwesternU 2012: THE COMPLEX WORLD OF FERTILITY
June 19, 2012
He also co-directs NICO, the Northwestern Institute in Complex systems and holds professorships in Sociology and in the McCormick School of Engineering. His award winning and highly cited research uses social network analysis and complexity theory to understand outstanding human achievement in business, science, and the arts. He has won 10 teaching awards worldwide.
Professor Uzzi is the author of “Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology,” his book on gender differences in science and scientists’ networks. His work has appeared in Science, Nature, PNAS, Am J. of Sociology, Harvard Business Review, PlosOne, Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Physics, or other leading scientific journals. Stories on his research have appeared in Newsweek International, the New Scientist, Science, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, CNN, Discovery Channel, Forbes, NPR, US News and World Reports, ABC News, the New Yorker, and other international media outlets.
Professor Uzzi speaks on the topics of leadership with a focus creating and developing networks that enhance executive creativity, R&D innovation, and the implementation of new products and ideas. Professor Uzzi advises and speaks at major organizations around the world, including the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Baker and McKenzie, Deloitte, Pepsico, Kraft, Abbott Labs, CreditSuisse, P&G, McKinsey, the World Bank, FBI, CIA, Intel, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, and other corporations and professional service firms.
Dr. Thomas V. O’Halloran
Dr. Thomas V. O’Halloran leads a highly interdisciplinary research group which works across the areas of chemical synthesis, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, endocrinology, oncology and cell biology. In his role of the Director of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University, Professor O’Halloran administers and leads teams from across the fields of science, engineering and medicine. He also serves as the Associate Director for the Basic Sciences Research Division of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 1986, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University where he is currently the Morrison Professor in the Department of Chemistry and in the Department of Molecular Bioscience. His research interests focus on the biological chemistry of inorganic elements, particularly their regulatory roles in controlling cell growth and differentiation, This work involved the discovery of new classes of soluble metal receptors: DNA-binding metalloregulatory and metallochaperone proteins that have led to the development of new agents for treatment of cancer and infectious disease. He has applied inorganic signaling processes to the discovery of a new and central role for the metal zinc during cell growth and the development of the mammalian egg. Dr. O’Halloran’s work has been published in a wide variety of journals including Cell, Science, Nature, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Clinical Cancer Research, Inorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry, and he is an inventor on a number of patents. His work has been funded by NIH, NCI, NIGMS, the Keck Foundation, NSF, the Department of Defense and the ALS Association. Dr. O’Halloran is the cofounder of several biotech companies and has received numerous awards including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Teacher Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Schering-Plough Scientific Achievement Award, the David Danks Award, the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the MERIT Award from National Institutes of Health and the Searle Scholars Award from the Chicago Community Trust.
Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University. As a reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Woodruff has spent the better part of her research career focusing on advancing our knowledge of women’s health including fertility and reproductive health. She has brought national awareness to the unmet fertility management needs of young cancer patients and survivors. Dr. Woodruff has established a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, educators and policy makers to translate her research to the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment. To describe this effort, she coined the term oncofertility, a word that has revolutionized the procedural guideline for young cancer patient care and has provided hope for a fertility future to thousands of cancer survivors. She has edited several books on the topic, and has published more that 170 peer-reviewed journal articles.
In addition to her research, she has been an advocate for sex- and gender inclusivity and study in basic science, translational studies and clinical trials and created the Institute for Women’s Health Research at Northwestern University to better understand sex difference in symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments. As an educator and mentor, she encourages young women to pursue careers in the sciences, and has developed the Women’s Health Science Program for High School Girls as a way to involve high school girls in college level science. She has been honored for her work on many occasions including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2011) from President Barack Obama. She is also the newly elected president of the Endocrine Society.
Program Schedule – June 19, 2012
5:30 – Doors Open, Guest Registration
6:00 – Welcome
Sharon Green, MHA, Event Organizer
6:05 – What is TED? Video
6:10 – Teaming Up to Drive Scientific Discovery, Brian Uzzi, PhD
What does the world’s largest repository of more than 26 million scientific papers tell us about trends in the production of scientific knowledge? There appears to be a nearly universal end to the era of the solo scientist and a rise in the supremacy of teams. The advantage of teams is growing and frontier of knowledge is reached through the invisible but complex networks through which scientists assemble teams.
6:30 – TED video talk “Eric Berlow–How Complexity Leads to Simplicity”
6:35 – Zinc Sparks Control Reproduction, Thomas V. O’Halloran, PhD
Romantics often look for emotional ‘sparks’ when they meet a potential mate. An interdisciplinary research team shows how the egg and sperm experience similar fireworks at the molecular level: the egg scavenges massive quantities of zinc in the hours before the arrival of sperm charming, and then undergoes waves of zinc sparks upon fertilization. Intriguingly, biology is using zinc (an inorganic substance that it can neither create nor destroy) as a master switch in development.
6:55 – TED video talk “Julia Sweeney has THE TALK”
7:02 – Fertility after Cancer, Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
Ten years ago the phrase ‘families after cancer’ would have been an oxymoron if thought of at all. Today, due to the impressive rise in cancer survivors, this is not only a well-used phrase, but also an issue that needs further exploration. To address this concern we created the Oncofertility Consortium, a national, interdisciplinary initiative and uncommon team, to explore and expand the reproductive options for young cancer patients – men, women, and children. By bridging bench science with physician education and patient empowerment, the Oncofertility Consortium has transformed the dual catastrophe of cancer and infertility into the hopefulness of a life lived and life delivered.
7:20 – Closing Remarks
7:30- 8:30 – Reception and Informal Discussion