Insights · December 3rd, 2015

Glen Hiemstra at Lunbeck
Few fields offer so much promise to leverage new knowledge and technology than does medicine and health care. Progress can still be slow and frustrating, but there are tremendous breakthroughs occurring in our understanding of genetics and of the brain. Lundbeck, a Copenhagen-based pharma company that focuses on disorders of the brain and the central nervous system asked me to keynote their annual global commerce conference, with a focus on leadership for developing breakthrough thinking as they imagine the coming decades in brain research and development. I was pleased to do this program on the future of health care and medicine. I learned a lot about current research in brain science, particularly at the Paul Allen Institute for the Brain right here in my home town of Seattle.

While discussing transformational leadership and global future trends, I highlighted the following key trends in medicine…

1. Hacking the brain – the first full models of intact brains, in this case mouse brains at the Paul Allen Institute, are paving the way to using computing power to model all the neurons and all the connections between them in a brain for the first time.

2. Diagnosis of brain and other disorders via DNA analysis.

3. Global teamwork – more private and university labs than ever are both conducting research and, importantly, sharing their results with other labs collaboratively and in near real time, leading to faster progress.

4. Rejuvenation through young blood. Experiments with animals are showing that simple blood transfusions of younger blood can lead to dramatic down-aging and disease improvement.

5. Systems pharmacology. Understanding the interactions of both biological systems and various drugsis leading to more precise treatments with fewer unintended consequences.

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Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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