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    March 27, 2019
    Event: “What is the Future of Medicine?” A panel discussion featuring Dr. Matt Bramlet, Dr. Pat Elwood, Dr. Keith Knepp, Dr. Jim McGee, Dr. Rick Pearl and Dr. John Vozenilek; moderated by Dr. Sarah Zallek
    Date & Time: Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m. (reception with light refreshments follows)
    Location: Giant Screen Theater · Peoria Riverfront Museum · 222 S.W. Washington St. · Peoria, Ill.
    Cost: Free and open to the public

    PEORIA, Ill. – Leading Peoria doctors representing Peoria’s major medical institutions will speak on medical innovation during an unprecedented gathering for the panel discussion “What is the Future of Medicine?” Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m. at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. The event, followed by a reception with light refreshments, is free and open to the public.

    Among the topics covered will be genomics and artificial intelligence in medicine, telemedicine hubs, tissue engineering and organ transplantation, high-tech limb replacements that interface with the nervous system, surgical robots and future technology currently in development.

    Many of these innovations are happening right here in Peoria.

    The panelists include pediatric cardiologist Dr. Matt Bramlet, director, congenital cardiac MRI, OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois and lead investigator for advanced imaging and modeling, Jump Simulation Center; Professor Emeritus Dr. Patrick Elwood, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, Department of Neurosurgery; Dr. Keith Knepp, president, UnityPoint Health - Methodist and Proctor and UnityPoint Clinic - Peoria, ProHealth Medical Group; Dr. James McGee, radiation oncologist, OSF HealthCare; Dr. Rick Pearl, director of surgical simulation, Jump Simulation Center; Dr. John Vozenilek, vice president and chief medical officer and professor of medicine and engineering, Jump Simulation Center. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Sarah Zallek, neurology, pediatrics, OSF HealthCare and Peoria Riverfront Museum board member.

    The event coincides with museum’s “Year of Invention” theme and is part of the programming for the “10 Medical Inventions That Changed the World” exhibition, through April 28. For the exhibition the museum collaborated with prestigious organizations including the Mayo Clinic, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Colonial Williamsburg, Varian Medical Systems, Jump Trading Simulation Center, Illinois State Museum and the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research. The exhibition is sponsored by OSF HealthCare, UnityPoint Health, Jay & Betty Vonachen and the Visionary Society.

    “What is the Future of Medicine?” is free and open to the public. For more information on the event or about the museum, call 309.686.7000 or visit RiverfrontMuseum.org

    Peoria Riverfront Museum
    The only multidisciplinary museum of its kind in the nation, the Peoria Riverfront Museum uses art, science, history and achievement to inspire confidence, lifelong learning, and talent. Since opening in 2012, the privately funded museum has provided more than one million experiences through major exhibitions, a permanent collection, interactive galleries, a dome planetarium, giant screen theater and educational programming including curricula-related student visits. The AAM-accredited, Smithsonian-affiliated private nonprofit museum is supported by more than 4,000 members and donors, and is housed in a county-owned LEED Gold-certified building on a campus overlooking the Illinois River. The museum has been designated one of the 200 great places in Illinois by the American Institute of Architects.
    Cathie Neumiller, VP of Marketing and Communications
    (309) 863-3006