Dr. Divya Chander



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Areas of Expertise

Neuroscience  •  Medicine  •  Ethics

About Divya

Dr. Chander is a physician, neuroscientist, and futurist who trained at Harvard, UCSF, UCSD, and the Salk Institute. She is Chair of Neuroscience and Faculty of Medicine at Singularity University, Visiting Scholar in Medicine (Bioinformatics) at Stanford (where she was on the Anesthesiology faculty for 8 years), and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center. Her postdoctoral research allowed her to use light-activated ion channels inserted in DNA (optogenetics) to study sleep and consciousness switches in brains. Her goal is to understand neural mechanisms of consciousness, the evolution of human consciousness secondary to human augmentation, and how mapping consciousness in humans may help us to understand consciousness and intelligence in other life forms (e.g. animals, non-terrestrials).

During the Covid19 crisis, she now leads or advises 3 pandemic task forces, including One Shared World’s Global Pandemic Resilience Task Force, a NASA-White House Telehealth task force, and a re-open strategy for the state of California. In response to the need for global resilience, she cofounded Plexxus, a company building the world’s connected global immune system. She is also founder and CEO of lucidify, a tele-neuroICU platform, backed by AI, to map and diagnose brain dysfunction in patients.

Dr. Chander also contributes to space life sciences and medicine. A finalist for astronaut selection and 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. She has also been involved with a consortium that elaborated a road-map for studying the effect of microgravity and radiation on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, cognition and sleep. She wishes someday to see the Earth rise from the surface of the moon.

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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