Keynote: Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Good health is essential for a quality life. A significant fraction of the infrastructure of society (our cities, transportation, water, energy and communications, systems, working environments, recreational and educational facilities ) is designed to maintain or enhance health.
Attacks on good health come from both outside our bodies (e.g., infectious agents, pollutants, and our physical and social environment) as well as within (e.g., genetic predisposition to cancer, heart disease, and neurological disease, etc).
Understanding the nature of these ailments and their propensity to occur, along with the engineering and development of effective technologies to manage health (preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic) are critical in understanding our civilization and its continuation on the planet.
As such, health is an issue that cuts across all of the engineering grand challenges that we face in this century.