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Theme: X-Change | The State of Health

This event occurred on
September 23, 2020
Chicago, Illinois
United States

Since the pandemic started, the topic of health now dominates our daily conversations. It's impossible to ignore the vulnerability of our species and, more broadly, our planet. This salon aims to explore the state of health from a wide perspective.

Chicago, Illinois, N/A
United States
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Alex Leow

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Bioengineering
Dr Alex Leow is the cofounder of KeyWise AI and the CoNECt lab at UIC, a research team devoted to the study of the human brain using many multidisciplinary approaches. She is the lead of BiAffect, the first scientific study that seeks to turn smartphones into “brain fitness trackers”

Justin Jesso

Singer and Songwriter
Global hitmaker Justin Jesso has gone from strength-to-strength since breaking through as featured artist and co-writer of Kygo’s global hit ‘Stargazing’. With tracks such as ‘Getting Closer’, ‘Bigger Than’ and the recent ‘If You're Meant To Come Back’, he’s exceeded a total of 650 million streams and commands 4.1 million monthly listeners at Spotify.

Steven Parkes

President and Founder Clinician Coaching Institute
Practicing emergency medicine in his spare time, Dr. Parkes is a transformational physician coach, health empowerment educator, and 15-time Ironman triathlon finisher. His upcoming book, Mindset Medicine, outlines the new healthcare paradigm, realizing responsibility for wellness lies ultimately within individuals.

Wayne Giles

Dean and Professor School of Public Health UIC
Dr. Wayne Giles is the Dean of the School of Public Health of University of Illinois at Chicago. He joined UIC after serving for 25 years as a leader at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on chronic disease prevention and health promotion.

Organizing team


Chicago, IL, United States
  • Chris Cherek
  • Jenny Beightol
  • Joan Christopher
  • Kimberly Yeoh
  • Laurie Ly
  • Linda Stehno
  • Naomi Wexler
  • Neelima Joshi
  • Steph Belsky