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The Future of Medicine: From CRISPR to Community

  • Sissy K's 4 Commercial Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

Join us for a taste of medical science, as we chat with two local scientists about their research!


Thomas Chupein, J-PAL, MIT

Randomized Evaluations of Economic Interventions: J-PAL and the Movement for Evidence-informed Policy

Randomized controlled trials have long been used in medicine and public health. In recent decades, development economists have adopted this rigorous impact evaluation methodology to test interventions in many sectors. This presentation will provide both a background on J-PAL as well as share results and policy lessons distilled from over 150 health evaluations and how our affiliates' research has led to policy scale-ups that have reached over 300 million people around the world.


Kiven Esvelt, MIT

Technologies for community-driven ecological engineering

Technologies capable of altering the shared environment should be developed in the open with potentially affected communities. We're working with the citizens of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard to heritably immunize the mice that infect most ticks with Lyme disease. In parallel, we're working to develop 'daisy drive' systems that only edit organisms within political boundaries. Together, we hope to create the social and technological solutions for shared environmental stewardship.

Event Information:

  • This event is 21+ only
  • Complementary food buffet during the event!
  • Doors open at 7:00pm, and our event kicks off at 7:30pm
  • Taste of Science pint glasses will be given away, first come first served while supplies last!
  • No cash will be accepted at the door on the night of the event, so be sure to buy ahead of time or bring your debit or credit card
  • In the event of any last-minute event cancellations, we will post an announcement on our TOS Boston web page, Facebook, and Twitter
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