Fun things happen when you delve into the scientific history of Festival speakers. Take Jack DiGiovanna, our plenary speaker from Seven Bridges and the Cancer Genomics Cloud, for instance. Before taking on the Big C with even bigger data, Jack worked in translational neural engineering, in close collaboration with Grégoire Courtine who some may know as the man who can make rats walk again using robots. 

Ok, so the technology is a bit more complex than robot rats, but this field of brain/computer interfacing is absolutely fascinating, and has now begun to move beyond laboratory rats and into human trials.

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