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Columbia Mailman School Grand Rounds Features TEDMED Chairman

Each year, the Mailman School of Public Health invites distinguished changemakers in government, philanthropy, technology, and urban health to discuss society’s role in creating broad population health at its Grand Rounds series of talks. The Mailman School kicks off this academic year’s Grand Rounds, titled “The Public Health Imagination: Groundbreaking Ideas in Population Health,” with a talk by Mr. Jay Walker, curator and chairman of TEDMED, whose online talks have been watched more than two billion times. A founder of three companies each with more than 50 million customers, Walker is also one of the world’s most prolific inventors with more than 700 U.S. patents across a dozen different industries. He also created and curates The Library of The History of Human Imagination, a facility described by Wired magazine as “the most amazing library in the world.”

In a Q and A ahead of his Grand Rounds lecture, Walker spoke about the surprising relationship between imagination and science in general, and science and public health in particular. According to Walker, we’re at the cusp of a transformative age when it comes to information at the individual layer that will directly affect what we know at the population layer. “We’re living in a complex dynamically interconnected world. We choose carefully for the TEDMED stage because the sage on the stage is talking to millions of people either directly or indirectly through tweets, Facebook posts or YouTube videos. They may be helping to uplift people in health and medicine where so often we’re discouraged by the pace of progress. Places like TEDMED act as an antidote for that world.”

All are invited to the talk and reception that follows. Talks are also broadcast live online. Participate using #FuturePublicHealth on Twitter. For more information visit: Grand Rounds 2015-16

The first Mailman School Grand Rounds of 2015-2016 takes place on Wednesday, September 16 at 4pm, on the Columbia University Medical campus, Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168 Street, NYC 10032.