Posted at: 09/08/2013 10:41 PM
Middle Schoolers Present at Mayo Clinic's Transform Symposium
(ABC 6 News)-- Today kicked off the annual Mayo Clinic Transform Symposium, where people from around the world came to share ideas in healthcare. Those involved say it focuses on transforming the way health care is experienced and delivered.
The three day event gets professionals thinking about health in different ways outside of a clinic or hospital. There's several speakers from an array of backgrounds, but for the first time, some local middle schoolers took the stage with an innovative idea.
"Transform has become so much more than a single event conference, it's really become a movement and a community,” said Barbara Spurrier with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation.
"By changing the focus or the way we frame the discussions, that's the way we seek to really develop a deeper understanding of what people need to be healthy,” said Douglas Wood, Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation.
People in health care leadership positions, businesses and universities will take the stage at the Transform Symposium. Sunday's speakers centered around science discovery, with ideas concerning breast cancer and sudden deaths. But the duo closing out the presentations were a bit out of the ordinary for this conference.
"It went doctor, doctor, doctor, middle schoolers,” said Joy Jasik, speaker at the event.
The audience welcomed two 6th graders from Friedell Middle School.
"Presenting our idea for a potentially new cure for autism,” said Hemanth Asirvatham, speaker at the event.
Their idea, putting radio transmitters in cells to communicate wirelessly throughout the brain in order to skip cells that don't work properly.
"We have two young students who have shown us how to really innovate and think about things in a very different and fresh way,” said Wood.
"Good ideas come from everywhere, so this idea of engaging the public and students and leaders and policy makers and designers and really that intersection we think is where the great things will happen,” said Spurrier.
You can register for the Transform Symposium for a fee, but organizers are also encouraging people to join an online forum to keep the conversation going.