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Sean Manion

Science Distributed
Bronx, NY
Sean Manion is a neuroscientist and former federal research administrator. He is CEO of Science Distributed, dedicated to bringing health researchers together with blockchain as a layer of trust for better science, cheaper research, and faster miracles. He is a co-founder of the newly established Blockchain in Healthcare Global, a 501 (c)(6) under the IEEE International Standards & Technology Organization. He is a member of the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force and author of a chapter on research in the HIMSS textbook, “Blockchain in Healthcare: Innovations that Empower Patients, Connect Professionals and Improve Care.”

Dr. Manion earned degrees in Biochemistry at Temple University (BS, 1999) and Neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - USUHS (PhD, 2006). At USUHS he conducted post-traumatic stress disorder research. Wanting to move to a broader role in military medicine, he served as deputy chief of staff and later as research activities chief as a federal civilian for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). He oversaw a research network of more than 100 clinical researchers conducting dozens of studies at multiple DoD and VA hospital sites across the country.

Recognizing the value of blockchain/distributed ledger technology for healthcare and research, Dr. Manion began championing its study and application in the DoD in late 2016. He moved to the private sector in 2017 and co-founded Science Distributed. He speaks to government, academia, and industry audiences on applying blockchain to healthcare and research. He is a member of the IEEE Standard Association “Standard for the Framework of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Use in Healthcare and the Life and Social Sciences (P2418.6).” He serves as Vice President of the non-profit American College of Military Public Health, serves as a member of the United Nations’ “Blockchain for Impact” Global Health & Emergency Relief delegation, and serves on the editorial review board for the peer-reviewed journals Ledger, the Journal of the British Blockchain Association, and Frontiers in Blockchain.