Dr. Divya Chander



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Areas of Expertise

Neuroscience  •  Medicine  •  Ethics

About Divya

“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 alumna 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.

MedTech | Divya Chander | SingularityU South Africa

Divya Chander | Future of Neuroscience | Exponential Medicine 2016

Asking where consciousness comes from | Divya Chander

Future of Medicine I Evolution of Consciousness I SingularityU Czech Summit 2018

Non-invasive brain neuromodulation (devices that can read and write to our brains)

Future of Health | SingularityU Greece Summit 2018

Exponential Ethics - SingularityU Portugal Summit Cascais w/ Divya Chander & Vivienne Ming

Augmenting humans from the inside out | SingularityU Mexico Summit

Speaking Topics

  • 3d printing in Medicine

    How additive manufacturing is transforming medicine and healthcare.

  • AI in Medicine

    The promise, the dangers, building ethical AI.

  • Bioethics

    This talk explores the dark side and ethical considerations of the new era of technology (can be workshopped to smaller groups) – includes gene editing, interfacing humans with machines, hacking implants, ethical AI, etc.

  • CRISPR and the future of the world

    What is CRISPR anyway, is this really the most transformative technology humans have encountered in the last century, and what you need to know to survive.

  • Future of Medicine

    Medicine is being transformed by exponential technologies that often are developed in the non-healthcare space. We explore in this talk how breakthroughs in 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, stem cells, augmented and virtual reality, microfluidics, nanotechnology, and brain machine interfaces are pushing medicine into the realm of science fiction. New diagnostics, therapies, and even augmentation are considered, as well as their ethical implications. How do these advances impact economics? Growth? Politics? Human evolution? Be prepared to be excited, stimulated, and even conflicted about the future of medicine and humanity as we enter the new era of exponential biology.

  • How Exponential Technologies can Improve Access to Healthcare

  • How Hacking the Neural Code has Brought us Closer to Bionic Brains

    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.

  • How leaders can thrive in exponential times

    The brain science behind good leaders, and self-care for leaders. (can be turned into a workshop for smaller groups)

  • Longevity and Human Augmentation

    What science tells us about living longer, the science fiction of what we are doing to get there, how this will affect the psychology and future of the human species, how this will change the landscape of new opportunities in all verticals.

  • Longevity Workshop

    What is longevity, what exponential technologies are required to extend human lifespans, what are the risks to each and every vertical (cross between industries and the global grand challenges), where are the opportunities for participants within these areas of risk and challenge? (can be turned into a workshop for smaller groups)

  • Medicine and Neuroscience

    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.

  • Neuroscience

    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.

  • Neuroscience of Learning

    Old models of learning in a classroom are dying. What’s more, even learning via laptop, internet, is blasé/old school. Discover what neuroscience can teach us about the best way to learn – from ancient techniques that have found validity in science to new technologies that will enable novel forms of brain rewiring.

  • Rewiring Humans from the Inside Out

    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?

  • Sleep

    What is sleep, what is the science behind it, why do we sleep anyway, why sleep helps us succeed.

  • The changing landscape of regenerative medicine

    New technologies are exploding the landscape of regeneration and rejuvenation. Join us on a journey to see how technologies such as 3D printing, pluripotent stem cells, optogenetics, neuromodulation and human-machine interfaces, have changed the possibilities for rebuilding the body and brain.

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