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11:10 - 11:40 amFriday, September 25
Plenary Hall
Moderated Panel Discussion
Plenary Hall
Moderated Panel Discussion
Chief Communications Officer, Stanford School of Medicine
CEO, EngagedIN, Consulting Faculty, Stanford AIM Lab
Director, Stanford University Program on Stem Cells in Society, Center of Biomedical Ethics
Tech Designer, IDEO
Medicine X ePatient Delegate

Paul Costello is the School of Medicine's chief communications officer. He hosts the award-winning podcast 1:2:1, a series of conversations about advances in health-care policy and biomedical research. He has a rich and varied professional background in communications having served in government in the White House, the Ohio Governor's office and the Mayor's office in Washington, D.C.; the private sector at Home Box Office and the Chicago retailer Marshall Field; and in academia as a vice president at the University of Hawaii System. The Chicago native holds an MSW from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is an avid cyclist and swimmer.

Kyra Bobinet is a 1998 graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and a recipient of the 1997 James Comer Fellowship (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), 1998 UCSF Martin Luther King Jr. Award, and 1998 Echoing Green Graduate Fellowship in Community Service. She is of Ojibway, Lakota, and Czech descent, and a mother of two.

Beskind wanted to become an inventor but was told by her high school guidance counselor that women could not enroll in engineering courses. After a degree in home economics, she became an occupational therapist and served in the U.S. Army. She retired as a major after 44 years. Beskind has six patents for "inflatable devices that help children with balance issues."

In 2013, Beskind joined IDEO. Her work focuses on problems specific to the elderly. Her designs include inflatable wearable objects that are used to assist the elderly to safely break falls. She also has created eyeglasses that are designed with "cameras and speakers to help users remember peoples' names." She has also created the "trekker", a walking device. Her inventions and designs are inspired by her friends who are elderly and have balance challenges. Beskind herself has macular degeneration.

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