Text: Bertrand Tappy
Photo: DR


CHUV professionnals performed several TED and TEDx presentations.


Mar 02, 2016

Follow Up

Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain's inability to repair itself all too well. But now, she suggests, she and her colleagues may have found the key to neural repair: Doublecortin-positive cells. Similar to stem cells, they are extremely adaptable and, when extracted from a brain, cultured and then re-injected in a lesioned area of the same brain, they can help repair and rebuild it. "With a little help," Bloch says, "the brain may be able to help itself."


TED conferences gather talents in order to share and discuss ideas which build future. This year, we chose the theme "Sparkling Innovation".

Jocelyne Bloch "Bringing brain cells back home"

Could you imagine that our brain cells are able, after a journey in the lab, to come back home with a precise mission: To help our brain recover after stroke.

Francine Behar-Cohen "No market, go away!"

Each day, medical doctors are confronted with diseases for which there is no cure. For the ophthalmologist, what to do? Should I let this person go blind? How can I do something or contribute to build scientific knowledge that could ultimately help? But medical research is costly and as useful as it could be for the patient, finding finances for drugs that cannot ensure a high return on investment can be a tough marathon. So maybe we need to think differently?

Jocelyn Corniche "Saving lives, one app at a time"

People die every day because of the lack of organ donors. Find out how your Smartphone can help solve the problem.

Grégoire Loretan "Democratizing access to space"

S3 has a vision: To enable emerging markets, countries, universities and research institutes to do what has not been possible for them up to now, deploy their own satellites.

Georges Coukos & Lana Kandalaft "New trends in immunotherapy"

How will we cure cancer in the future? Just getting the body to learn to defend itself!

Jean Bourhis & Nicolas Péguret "Super-gating (or The Secret)"

When it comes to lung cancer, radiation-oncologists are faced with a permanent challenge: how can they treat tumors which are constantly in motion, simply by virtue of every breath the patient takes. Until now, the only option involved hospitalization and general anesthesia. But there is a much better way.

Jean-Daniel Tissot "Une odyssée sanguine"

Le sang est porteur de mystères et de valeurs multiples, au carrefour des mythes et des symboles. L'explorer est un voyage hors du commun, qui traverse les horizons biologiques, porté par le globule rouge, étrange poussière d'étoile qui nous permet de respirer et de vivre.

René Prêtre "And in the middle beats the heart"

For the scientist, the heart is a pump that makes blood circulate in the body. The cardiologist's and the surgeon's action is meant to preserve this fantastic source of energy and to optimize the circuit. For the poet, the heart has a lyrical dimension: It is the symbol of love and life, our two most precious possessions. This talk is aimed to get an insight on the central position of the heart in our body ... and in our life!

Valérie D'Acremont "I am not only a diagnostic machine"

What could this febrile child be suffering from? Health workers in Africa face such questions every day. To have in hand an electronic device with sensors could revolutionize their practice, enhancing their clinical cleverness while still working under the tree.

Gian Domenico Borasio "It's not about dying"

Palliative care is about living, not dying. The fact that we will die is the only certainty that we have in life. Looking back on their lives, dying patients share their insights with us and thus teach us how to live. All we need to do is to listen.