On Friday, Sept. 28, Dr. Tamer Seckin will take the stage at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge to help kick off the university’s medical conference, the Fourth Annual Open Endoscopy Forum. The three-day event will bring together thought-leaders including surgeons, scientists, entrepreneurs, and engineers from a variety of fields. Dr. Seckin will discuss endometriosis at the prestigious MIT event.
The opening talks will be by both Dr. Seckin and Padma Lakshmi, his co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
About the MIT event
Event chairwoman Linda Griffith, Ph.D., a Professor of Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at MIT, says attendees can expect a relaxed TED Talk-style of speaking rather than a traditional, buttoned-up conference.
“This meeting is a chance to kind of take a step back and have the folks who are in the trenches…pick something that is really important, they feel, for their colleagues to be thinking about,” says Griffith.
An MIT committee selected about 20 speakers for being “a thought leader” and for being “provocative in thinking.
About Dr. Seckin’s presentation
“Dr. Seckin has an enormous record of accomplishment for getting people to think across the different lines of clinical expertise, patients, and scientists. We want everyone who speaks to be a really good speaker, someone who can convey a passionate message, and Dr. Seckin is certainly someone who can energize the crowd.”
Griffith is particularly looking forward to Seckin’s presentation, tentatively titled “In Bed With The Beast” because she has long suffered from endometriosis and says, to date, she has had nine surgeries in all. Her plight inspired her to launch MIT’s Center for Gynepathology Research where she and co-chair Dr. Keith Isaacson have collaborated on endometriosis-related research together since 2009.
MIT as the birthplace of untold number of innovations
“I think MIT is a place that is important to have events like this. People pay attention. MIT, you think of it as a nerdy place with a bunch of guys. I think it’s important for the guys to see this disease. It brings new research people into the endometriosis universe, and we need that so badly.”
“I am most honored to join MIT for what will surely be an informative and interactive weekend,” says Seckin. “MIT is the birthplace of an untold number of innovations. I plan an exciting talk on endometriosis to present to my peers in hopes of spreading further endometriosis awareness, discussing disease etiology and progression, proper surgical techniques, and spurring improvements in the realm of women’s reproductive health.”
This is the first time that Seckin has been invited to attend the prestigious event. other speaker’s topics of discussion will include, “What can we learn about the patient’s brain, stress, and mood from a wristband?” and “What can surgeons learn from astronauts?”