Children's Hospital Boston scientists head to TEDMED

October 25, 2010 by MassDevice

Doctors and bloggers from Children's Hospital Boston, including members of their Technology & Innovation Development Office, travel to TEDMED to present and report on the latest in medical research.

Children's Hospital Boston scientists head to TEDMED

By Nancy Fliesler

Move over, Ozzy Ozbourne. Next Wednesday, October 27th, Children's neurologist-neuroscientist and TEDMED speaker Frances Jensen will compare and contrast the developing infant brain with the highly paradoxical teen brain — which is also developing rapidly, all the way to age 25 or so. Infant and teen brains are at opposite ends of the developmental spectrum — almost different species, Jensen says — but they're both extremely dynamic and exquisitely sensitive to environmental factors (drugs and alcohol in teens and brain injury and seizures in infants). Understanding these dynamic changes has led us to new therapies, which may someday replace ineffective “hand-me-down” drugs from adults. (Here's Jensen talking to 60 Minutes about seizures.)

As a proud sponsor of TEDMED, Children's has its own booth. Engineer Pierre Dupont and his team will demonstrate the concentric tube robot, which is under development as a way of maneuvering tiny instruments inside children's beating hearts — avoiding the need for open-heart surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass. Other minimally invasive cardiovascular devices will be on display.