The APAC Forum organisers, Ko Awatea, are delighted to announce that Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, will attend their 5th APAC Forum, 12-14 September 2016 in Sydney, as a keynote speaker.
Dr. Christakis is a sociologist and physician who conducts research in the area of biosocial science, investigating the biological predicates and consequences of social phenomena. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, where he is appointed as the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science, and he is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. As of July 2015, he also serves as the Master of Silliman College at Yale.
In 2009, Dr. Christakis was named by Time magazine to their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2009 and 2010, he was listed by Foreign Policy magazine in their annual list of Top 100 Global Thinkers.
Dr. Christakis’ lab is focused on the relationship between social networks and wellbeing. This research engages two types of phenomena: the social, mathematical, and biological rules governing how social networks form (“connection”), and the biological and social implications of how they operate to influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (“contagion”). Ongoing investigations in the lab explore the genetic bases for human social behaviors and the application of social network principles to change population-level behavior related to health, cooperation, and economic development.
Working under the theme, Exploring New Frontiers, APAC Forum 2016 is designed to unite global thought leaders, frontline teams, colleagues and contemporaries to inspire every person working in health, stimulate cross-sectorial and multi-disciplinary dialogue, nurture knowledge transfer, design and share best practice, and enable every delegate to become a catalyst for change.
The APAC Forum has quickly become one of the largest health improvement conferences in the world, and it’s hailed as the best. Delegates access upwards of one hundred high-profile local and international presenters who are pioneering change and making a real difference to the lives of their patients, their organisation, and the health sector.
Headlining the APAC Forum alongside Dr. Christaskis will be keynote speaker’s Janine Shepherd and Professor Jonathon Gray.
Ms Shepherd is an Australian pilot and former cross-country skier whose premier athletic career ended when she was hit by a truck while training for the winter Olympics. Her story of defying the odds is both moving and inspiring, and he presentation will provide consumer insights to those in the healthcare industry.
Returning as an APAC Forum keynote for a second time, Professor Jonathon Gray, is Ko Awatea’s director. He is an expert in the area of health improvement and innovation and his 2015 keynote presentation, which stressed the need for collaboration across the healthcare sector to influence significant change, earned him an unexpected standing ovation.
The APAC Forum is recognised for tackling real challenges and encoruaging leading-edge innovation; it is a conference that sets out to to break the mould and push boundaries. And it attracts some of the best speakers, from healthcare and related industries, from around the globe.
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