Medicine • Neuroscience • Ethics
Dr. Chander is a physician and neuroscientist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, UCSF, and the Salk Institute. She has been on the Anesthesiology Faculty at Stanford University since 2008 and Neuromedicine Faculty at Singularity University since 2010. Her postdoctoral training in optogenetic technology was conducted in the laboratories of Karl Deisseroth and Luis de Lecea at Stanford, where she used light-activated ion channels inserted in DNA to study sleep and consciousness switches in brains. In the operating room, she applies EEG technology to understand what human brains look like when they lose and regain consciousness, and has recently developed a precision medicine initiative aimed at understanding genetic variability in responses to anesthetic drugs. Her goal is to understand neural mechanisms of consciousness and eventually utilize this knowledge to develop improved algorithms to create better brain monitors. She is currently working on applications of neural wearable devices to crossover consumer and medical markets.
Dr. Chander shares a parallel passion for space exploration. During her lifetime, it is her deepest desire to see a well-developed architecture to sustain human and robotic exploration of our solar system and beyond. An alumnus of the International Space University, Dr. Chander has performed remote simulations of trauma rescues, anesthesia and surgery in Mars analogue settings with physicians in the US, France, and the Concordia base in Antarctica. Currently, she is involved with a consortium that is studying the effect of microgravity and radiation on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, cognition and sleep. Dr. Chander anticipates using many of the brain read-out technologies applied to her clinical practice to understanding nervous system development and plasticity within the space microgravity environment to better enable short and long-duration space missions.
She welcomes collaborations and joint ventures in the domains of neuroscience/consciousness studies and space neurophysiology.
Neuroscience is on the cutting edge of decoding brains, making it possible like never before to peer into brains and hijack their circuitry. In this talk, we will explore how old and new technologies make it possible to read visions and dreams, hack thoughts, and plant false memories. We also look at how modern medicine and science make it possible to restore and enhance function to people who are paralyzed, opening the door to digital and robotic control with the human mind. And is it possible to reanimate brains that were considered dead? What does consciousness look like? Consider the future of what it means to be human and what ethical challenges we will encounter on this path.
Ongoing advancements in the world of neuroscience research are revealing things about how the human mind works that could never have been imagined. Advancements by large companies and small academic group and everything in between will be discussed in this “mind-blowing” session on the brain.
Comprehensive overview of what is in the lab today and what is coming to market in the next 2 to 10 years. The presentation will concentrate on break through developments ranging from 3d printing to organ regeneration, from point-of-care lab-on-a-chip diagnostics to large-scale bioinformatics; from synthetic biology to new gene based therapies. All of these and more are discussed in the context of current explosions of digital information and distributed healthcare.
Medicine and neuroscience are being transformed by exponential technologies that make it possible to now rewire human beings from the inside out. Technologies that come from other spaces such as nanotechnology, stem cells, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality are pushing medicine into the realm of science fiction. We explore new diagnostics, therapies, and how gene editing technologies may allow us to not only cure human disease, but rewrite the code of life. Through a combination of bionic exoskeletons and computer interfaces, we will soon be able to fundamentally augment human brains and bodies. What are the economic, political and ethical implications of fundamentally altering and hacking the human species? Are we entering an era of human augmentation, or human evolution?