Medical Doctor and general practitioner Madis Tiik is one of the keynote speakers of the Taito2017-conference. He has worked as a senior adviser in Sitra since spring 2012. Before that he worked for Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia as a specialist in a work team which composed a report on the future of e-heath for the European Commission. 2014 he began his scholar year at the Scripps Translational Science Insitute, USA hoping to set up a virtual clinic.
As a sparrer Tiik speaks for agility, courage and determination. He refers to himself as a translator between humans and technology. According to him, humans could quite well take care of their health by means of smartphones, cloud services and personal health records.
Madis Tiik works in Finland 2 to 3 days a week. He lectures in conferences and seminars around the world. Tiik runs a health centre in the island of Vormsi located near Hiiumaa and is on call there one day a week. A nurse who is on call daily takes samples and measurements and uploads data to Tiik using mobile tehcnology. Communication takes place through phones, Skype and Facebook.
Madis Tiik is also a father of six, a sheep farmer and a passionate cross country runner.
The second keynote speaker of the conference is a psychologist Jan Wikgren. He is a university lecturer at University of Jyväskylä in the Department of Psychology and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR). He is a psychologist and he also has a degree in Cognitive science. He is a Docent in Behavioral neuroscience. His research focuses on neural basis of learning and memory. Jan Wikgren’s early research career has focused on neurophysiological research on how a memory trace is created in the brain. In recent years he has been in a multidisciplinary research team which studies for example the effects of aerobic fitness on brain function and learning.