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Global Innovators at the Forefront of Technology and Health Convene at "The Atlantic Meets the Pacific," October 2-4, 2013

WASHINGTON and LA JOLLA, Calif., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The game-changing ideas at the horizon of technology, the sciences, and health are the focus of the third annual "The Atlantic Meets the Pacific," a major national forum to be held October 2-4, 2013, in San Diego. Presented by The Atlantic and the University of California, San Diego, the program will explore the people—and places—working at the cutting-edge of innovation in health technologies.

Many of the event's conversations will take place at the Scripps Seaside Forum, an ocean-front conference center located in the heart of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The event will include a day at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2), and behind-the-scenes tours at Scripps Oceanography, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Sanford Consortium, The Scripps Research Institute, and the La Jolla Playhouse, bringing attendees and some of the world's most creative scientists and artists together.

To register for The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, please visit the registration site. General admission, which includes access to all main-stage programming, a choice of lab tours, and a welcome dinner and subsequent meals, is $495.00.

Featuring innovators working on the cutting-edge of health technologies, the conference will explore: ways to accelerate innovation in cancer care, the future of neurology and brain mapping, the role of big data in healthcare, and US and global investment in health IT, among other topics. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Deepak Chopra, best-selling author and founder, The Chopra Foundation
  • Chris Anderson, former editor in chief, Wired and co-founder and chairman, 3DRobotics
  • Roni Zeiger, former chief health strategist, Google, and CEO, Smart Patients
  • Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Eric Topol , director, Scripps Translational Science Institute
  • Mick Ebeling, founder, The Ebeling Group and the Not Impossible Foundation
  • David Sadava, professor of cell biology, The Claremont Colleges
  • Naser Partovi, founder and CEO, Sanitas, Inc.
  • Kunal Sarkar, co-founder and CEO, Lumos Labs
  • Jordan Shlain, founder and chairman, HealthLoop
  • Halle Tecco, co-founder and CEO, Rock Health
  • Kristiina Vuori, president and interim CEO, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
  • Peter Yu, director of cancer research, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and president-elect, American Society of Clinical Oncology

They will be interviewed by The Atlantic's leading editorial voices, including: James Bennet, editor in chief; James Fallows, national correspondent; and Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large.

Also joining the conversations are several internationally recognized scientists from UC San Diego:

  • Jacopo Annese, director of The Brain Observatory, UC San Diego School of Medicine
  • Ralph Greenspan, associate director of the Kavli Institute for Mind and Brain, UC San Diego
  • Clark Gibson, professor, UC San Diego Department of Political Science
  • Scott Lippman, professor of  Medicine, UC San Diego School of Medicine, and director of the Moores Cancer Center
  • Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a partnership of UC San Diego and UC Irvine
  • Ramesh Rao, director, UC San Diego Division, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
  • Todd Coleman, director, Neural Interaction Laboratory, UC San Diego

Members of the media interested in obtaining press credentials should contact Natalie Raabe at The Atlantic (Email).

Previous events have attracted hundreds of participants interested in learning first-hand about scientific and social breakthroughs affecting all of our lives. Recorded UCTV broadcasts of past conversations have been viewed by close to two million viewers online at

Join the conversation on Twitter via @Atlantic_LIVE, @UCSDNews, and #TAMTP as well as the LinkedIn group "The Atlantic Meets the Pacific."

The presenting underwriters of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific are Qualcomm and PACE, a Lilly Oncology Initiative.

Since 1857, The Atlantic has played a central role in shaping the national debate on current affairs and cultural trends. Dedicated to bold, independent, diverse, and highly reasoned perspectives, its writers, bloggers, and critics represent the best in American journalism. The Atlantic's award-winning commentary and coverage can be found in its magazine, on its Web site at, and at more than 70 events a year produced by its industry-leading events division, AtlanticLIVE.

UC San Diego ( is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report and ranked number one in the nation for three years running for public service by the Washington Monthly. The event is co-hosted by the continuing education and public programs arm of the university, UC San Diego Extension(