March 22, 2012

Vanderbilt again to take TEDxNashville stage

Vanderbilt again to take TEDxNashville stage

Later this month, intellectually curious Middle Tennesseans will gather again to discuss “ideas worth sharing” at TEDxNashville, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center will again have a representative on the stage.

Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, will follow in the footsteps of previous TEDxNashville speakers Reid Thompson, M.D., chair of Neurosurgery, and Jeff Balser, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

The daylong event, “Impact – Making a Difference,” will be Saturday, March 31, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Conn will talk about “Breakthrough Medicines for Serious Brain Disorders: What Lies Ahead” in the brief, fast-paced style characteristic of TED talks, which are about 18 minutes long.

TEDx events are locally organized conferences patterned after TED (Technology, Education and Design), a global series of conferences begun in 1984 to promote “ideas worth sharing.”

Also speaking will be Vanderbilt University’s David Onoprishvili, a visiting professor of Economics from the nation of Georgia.

Other presenters include leaders in technology, entertainment, design, science, art, education, government, public policy, health care and other areas.

For more information, visit You can also join the conversation on Twitter at #TEDxNashville.