Speakers at Aspen Ideas: Health 2024 to Include NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli, JAMA Editor in Chief Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, CRISPR Therapeutics CEO Samarth Kulkarni, and more!

March 5, 2024

Aspen Ideas: Health takes place June 20-23 on the Aspen Institute’s Colorado campus; media invited to apply for credentials.

Aspen, CO, March 5, 2024 – On Tuesday, organizers of Aspen Ideas: Health previewed a selection of speakers set to take the stage at the 11th annual event, which takes place June 20-23, 2024 in beautiful Aspen, Colorado. Each year, this global health conference brings together leading minds across healthcare, public health, business, tech, government, academia, nonprofits, and the arts to discuss intersectional and innovative approaches for addressing today’s leading challenges in health, medicine, and science.

This year, confirmed speakers for Aspen Ideas: Health include:

  • Toyin Ajayi, CEO of Cityblock on reimagining how healthcare is delivered in United States’ underserved communities.
  • Monica Bertagnolli, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on key institute priorities and diversifying clinical trials and leveraging commonalities across diseases to advance research.
  • Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Editor in Chief of JAMA and the JAMA Network on the role of medical journals in advancing open science and trust in science.
  • Dan Buettner, Founder of Blue Zones on the six regions of the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives.
  • Dixon Chibanda, Founder and Director of Friendship Bench on training Zimbabwe’s grandmothers to provide basic talk therapy to community members in need.
  • Samarth Kulkarni, CEO of CRISPR Therapeutics on how a groundbreaking treatment for sickle cell disease is ushering in a new era of genetic medicine.
  • Lisa Mosconi, Director of Weill Cornell Women’s Brain Initiative and Alzheimer’s Prevention Program and author of The Menopause Brain on the profound connection between hormones and women’s brain health.
  • Ai-jen Poo, President of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Executive Director of Caring Across Generations on the impending elder boom and what it means for the global care economy.

Additional speakers and agenda information will be released in the coming weeks and months. Aspen Ideas: Health is organized by the Aspen Institute with media partner NBCUniversal News Group.

This year, Aspen Ideas: Health’s program will focus on key themes including the genomic revolution, mental health, thriving at any age, the economics of healthcare, the risks and rewards of innovation, the intersection of health and the environment, and health policy in 2024.

Aspen Ideas: Health is the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute’s annual nonpartisan flagship event which gathers leaders and thinkers from around the globe to discuss the ideas that will shape tomorrow and help us understand today.

For media: Journalists interested in attending Aspen Ideas: Health are invited to apply for press credentials here.


The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization whose purpose is to ignite human potential to build understanding and create new possibilities for a better world. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve society’s greatest challenges. It is headquartered in Washington, DC and has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, as well as an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

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