Texas A&M University Health Science Center returns to SXSW

TAMU Health Science Center

Texas A&M University returns to Austin this week for its third year at South by Southwest (SXSW), and once again Texas A&M University Health Science Center is helping to lead to the conversation. While a handful of higher education institutions across the nation participate in the festival, Texas A&M is the only university that has developed comprehensive programming with high-level thought leadership panels, interactive exhibits and authentic brand experiences. The programming securely positions the institution among burgeoning startups, technology trailblazers and Fortune 500 companies

Texas A&M [Power] House

The Texas A&M [Power] House inside Flemings in Downtown Austin will be open to SXSW attendees Sunday, March 10, through Tuesday, March 12. The Power House will host panels that highlight innovations from across The Texas A&M University System with interactive exhibits that showcase university research.

Telehealth Counseling Clinic interactive booth

Carly McCord, PhD, clinical research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of Telebehavioral Health at the Texas A&M College of Medicine will be stationed at the Telehealth Counseling Clinic interactive booth in the Texas A&M [Power] House. This booth will allow festival attendees to use interactive technology like biofeedback monitors and tele-enabled consultation, or video chats, to learn methods for de-stressing and using calculated breathing techniques.

Leading the discussion on rural health care

Carrie L. Byington, MD, vice chancellor for health services at The Texas A&M University System, senior vice president of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine will moderate one of the four panels held at the Power House. It will feature a discussion about health challenges facing rural communities as well as the opportunities that seemingly disparate industries have to converge and create practical, forward-thinking solutions.

The panelists for this session, titled Plugging Into Rural Healthcare Solutions, are Dan McCoy, MD, president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Vivian Lee, president of health platforms at Verily (formerly Google X), and Greg Winfree, director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. It will be held Tuesday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m.

Additional information about programming at Texas A&M Power House is available in the panels section of sxsw.tamu.edu.

Other Health Science Center festival appearances

On March 8, Farida Sohrabji, PhD, director of Women’s Health in Neuroscience Program and associate department chair of the Texas A&M College of Medicine Department of Neuroscienceand Experimental Therapeutics, participated in a panel discussing women’s health and Alzheimer’s disease. Ashley Ford with Buzzfeed News, Maria Shriver with The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Alexandra Socha with Alzheimer’s Association Celebrity Champion also participated on the panel.

For more information about the other panels, visit Texas A&M Today.

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