Yo-Yo Ma, Ed Hundert, Lisa Wong, and David Edwards in Conversation

ArtScienceConverged, the 24th Experiment of Le Laboratoire, features 15 weeks of dreams shared with us by pioneers of various frontiers.  For the 11th week, we invited Yo-Yo Ma, Lisa Wong, and Ed Hundert to join us for a special talk moderated by our very own David Edwards.

There are as many ways for the arts to enrich our educational experiences as there are arts disciplines: from music to painting to dance to creative writing. The evening will focus on the field of music and medical education. Whether students get involved in the arts to “escape from medicine” or they experience their art as honing clinical skills such as better listening, observation, and teamwork, all of these approaches can enrich the personal and professional development of doctors-in-training in important ways. 

Harmony in Health: Music and Medical Education        

a lively conversation moderated by Le Laboratoire Founder David Edwards featuring: 

Yo-Yo Ma  Cellist and 2018 Jane and Michael Marmor Artist-in-Residence at HMS

Dr. Ed Hundert  Dean for Medical Education, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lisa Wong  Assistant Co-Director of Arts and Humanities Initiative at HMS


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

6pm doors | 6:30pm talk

Cost > Free with RSVP
Space > SOLD OUT

Edward M. Hundert is the Dean for Medical Education and the Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Professor in Residence of Global Health and Social Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hundert also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at HMS. Over the past 25 years, he has served as President of Case Western Reserve University, Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School. An internationally known scholar, educator, psychiatrist, and ethicist, he has held professorial appointments in psychiatry, medical ethics, cognitive science, and medical humanities. His most recent duties at Harvard before serving as Dean for Medical Education included directing the Academy Fellowship in Medical Education for HMS faculty and the Medical Ethics and Professionalism curriculum for HMS students.

Dr. Lisa Wong is passionately dedicated to the healing arts of music and medicine.  She has been a pediatrician at Milton Pediatric Associates for over 30 years and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. A violinist and pianist, she served for twenty years as president of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a Boston-based ensemble of health care providers that combines music, medicine and service. In 2012, Dr. Wong published Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of Music and Medicine with writer Robert Viagas. Lisa currently serves on the boards of the Conservatory Lab Charter School, New England Foundation for the Arts, and A Far Cry. She is on the advisory council of Boston Creates and the BPS Arts Initiative and, with other artistic medical colleagues, co-founded Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH) amd the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School.


Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. Mr. Ma’s discography of over 100 albums (including 18 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests.  One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migrations of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create meaningful change at the intersections of the arts, education, and business.  Under his artistic direction, Silkroad presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble and develops new music, cultural partnerships, education programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010).  In 2011, Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree.  He serves as a UN Messenger of Peace.  He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

David Edwards is among the world's renowned creators and thought leaders actively engaged in the invention of tomorrow. Founder of the cultural innovation center, Le Laboratoire and professor of the practice of idea translation at Harvard University, David Edwards' work with artists, designers, scientists, chefs, master perfumers and others has led to breakthrough sensorial design innovations in food, healthcare, and communications. His inventions include inhaled insulin for treating diabetes without needles, edible packaging for eliminating plastic from food packaging, and the oNotes scent-based digital communication platform. His book Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation (Harvard Press 2008), a kind of manifesto for interdisciplinary creation, marked the start of the culture lab movement, with the opening of his first Laboratoire in Paris (2007). His second Laboratoire opened in Cambridge in 2014, with his innovation restaurant Café ArtScience, where many of David Edwards' sensorial designs appear in early and late stages of experimental development. A member of the National Academy of Inventors, and one of the youngest ever elected members of the US and French National Academies of Engineering, with over 100 international patents and applications, David Edwards' inventive work has been critically acclaimed around the world. Since his early research and textbooks in applied mathematics, David Edwards has published several books of nonfiction and fiction in French and English. For his creative writing and cultural work he was made chevalier of arts and letters of the French Ministry of Culture. David Edwards lives with his wife and children between Paris, France and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a founding faculty member of the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.