The TEDxBuffalo team is pleased to announce the first two speakers for TEDxBuffalo 2015: Illuminate. Stay tuned as we announce the rest of the lineup through Friday, June 19.

Dr. Christopher W. Kerr

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About: Dr. Christopher W. Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. His background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life lead and the death anticipated.

Danielle Twum

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About: Danielle Twum is a third year pre-doctoral candidate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute studying cancer immunology. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Danielle received her B.A. in Biology from Vassar College, where she studied the effect of climate change on corals. It was in college that she became fascinated with the immune system and decided to pursue a degree in immunology. When Danielle is not making magic at the bench side, you’ll find her touring Buffalo in her running shoes, joyfully exploring the local food scene and scheming to get her family up here more.

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