Can you live without a pulse? Could you see without any eyes?
Next-generation bionics go beyond prosthetics, allowing us to not only
run, jump and dance like never before, but to experience life in a
completely new way—to be almost super-powered. Take part in a discussion
and a personal tour through BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life
as experts talk about the history and exciting evolution of Utah's
On November 21, 7 p.m., BioUtah will partner with The Leonardo, BODY
WORLDS & The Cycle of Life to host a special Bionics Night at The
Leonardo. Speakers for the event include:
Dr. Richard Normann: Professor of Bioengineering at The
University of Utah who’s developing a way to help blind people see by
implanting Utah Electrode Arrays into the visual cortex, and utilizing
special glasses with a camera to send message signals to the arrays.
Dr. Gianluca Lazzi: Professor and chair of the Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah and a
part of the multi-institution team to create the first bionic eye.
Scott Bell: A local athlete and below-the-knee amputee will
speak about adaptive technologies from a quality-of-life perspective.
Dr. Balamurali K. Ambati: The official Utah Utes Team
Ophthalmologist who graduated from medical school when he was 17. Dr.
Ambati will lead a personal tour through the BODY WORLDS & The
Cycle of Life exhibit to teach about the anatomy of the eye. Dr.
Ambati specializes in cornea transplants, cataract extraction,
keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea), LASIK, and other complex
procedures of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye.
After the tour, attendees have the option to participate in an obstacle
course to experience a glimpse into the everyday life of an individual
with prosthetic limbs.
Cost: $19.95 includes ticket to BODY WORLDS & The Cycle
of Life and special tour. Free to those who don’t want to take the
tour. $14.95 ($5 off) for BioUtah members and for group sales.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: The Leonardo: 209 E. 500 S in downtown Salt Lake City
For group tickets (15 or more people) to Bionic Night at a $5 off
per-ticket price, please email J.firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Jenie Skoy at 503-522-4071.
For more info: http://www.theleonardo.org/none/col-programs/
Bionic Night is one in a series of wellness-related events co-sponsored
by The Leonardo and Body Worlds where local doctors, researchers, yoga
practitioners and fitness experts address healthy living in a dynamic
and interactive new way.
Other upcoming programs at The Leonardo include tomorrow night’s Sketch
Night, November 20, 5-8 p.m. Draw in the spirit of Leonardo da
Vinci, up-close-and-personal with human anatomical specimens guided by a
master art teacher. (Held monthly every third Thursday!)
“BioUtah is honored to partner with BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life
and The Leonardo to highlight some of the most exciting and dynamic work
ever done in the Utah life science community, or in the world,” said
Kimball Thomson, president & CEO of BioUtah.
“Utah leads the nation in medical research and Utahns are known far and
wide for our healthy living habits,” said Jenie Skoy, BODY WORLDS &
The Cycle of Life Communications Manager. Our goal is to provide
unique opportunities to reinforce this belief that lifestyle choices
people make—especially while young—lead to good health over the life
span. With BioUtah as a partner, we hope this event will help guests to
further their understanding of the connection between art and science—in
the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci.”
BioUtah members and all others are invited to participate in these
events and to tour The Leonardo’s newest exhibit, BODY WORLDS & The
Cycle of Life, presented by Arches Health Plan.
For High Res Images of Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life: http://www.bodyworlds.com/en/media/picture_database/thumbnails.html?category=32
the state’s independent life science association, was created to elevate
the stature and influence of Utah’s life science community on the
national and global stage. Launched in 2012, the organization serves
Utah’s medical device, biotech/pharma and healthcare industries through
networking, advocacy and education programs. BioUtah creates value for
its members through events, legislative initiatives and communication
outreach. We foster collaboration within and between industry,
government and education to provide growth opportunities through
funding, talent acquisition/development and strategic partnerships.