Health and healthcare

Track B - Health and Healthcare

B1: Personalized healthy diets using algorithms – Fact, future or fiction?
Merged Open/Panel discussion
Organiser: Carl Brunius
Time: 10.00-11.00
Room: Valdemar, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg
Non-communicable diseases, e.g. type 2 diabetes, are increasing worldwide and are strongly related to lifestyle factors, e.g. diet and physical activity. Evidence-based dietary guidelines exist, but are poorly adhered to. With the new omics technologies in biology, personalisation has become a promising approach in e.g. medicine and nutrition. But how can we effectively collect and use biological Big Data and algorithms to guide individual lifestyle preventions for improved health? How can we feedback personalised advice to individuals and evaluate the outcomes? We cordially invite you to an open discussion on lifestyle and health together with a multidisciplinary discussion panel. 

B2: What is a biorefining? Processes and products for better health
Presentation and dialogue
Organiser: Ingrid Undeland
Time: 10.00-11.00
Room: Ledningsrummet, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

What is a biorefinery? How is it connected to the UN sustainable development goals? And, how can it improve our health? Join us for a biorefining workshop! The climate perspective will be discussed comparing a biorefinery to an oil refinery. The working environment perspective will be illustrated by highlighting how risks during production of every-day products like textiles can be reduced. Products with important health implications, like pharmaceuticals, food ingredients and fine chemicals, that can emerge from biorefining of seaweed, wood or industry side streams will finally be exemplified. Then, use your own creativity and suggest a dream biorefinery from secret biomasses!

The participants will be divided in groups, and brainstorm (20 min) to come up with examples of products that could be particularly interesting to produce in a biorefinery. To stimulate creativity, we will hand out buckets/beakers with biomasses like saw dust, seaweed, old textiles, or some food industry side stream. Groups will have 3-4 min each to present their outcome.

Knowledge on what “biorefining” and “biomasses” are, as well as understanding of how the whole biorefinery concept is driven by many of the SDG´s, especially # 3, 7,9, 12, 13 and 14. Particularly, participants will gain knowledge on the multi-facetted link between biorefining and SDG 3-Good health and well-being. An important take-home message is also that we every day are surrounded by new potential biomasses that can form the basis for future sustainable biorefinery concepts.

B3: Exploration of cancer gene expression through machine learning
Organisers: Jonathan Robinson and Muhammad Azam Sheikh 
Time: 10.00-11.00
Room: Computer room SB-D042, Sven Hultings gata 6, floor -1

Cancer remains a leading cause of death worldwide, where one out of three individuals will develop some form of the disease within their lifetime. Despite great advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment, the complexity and variability of the disease impedes further progress. Recent advances in biological profiling technologies now provide the molecular-level data necessary to address these challenges, but the interpretation of such data is nontrivial. In this workshop, we will present our use of machine learning methods to extract relevant biological information from tumor gene expression data, including an opportunity for participants to explore and analyse the data themselves.
The session will take place in a room with computers, enabling participants to explore the data themselves using an analysis application that we have developed.

B4: Loin, larvae or lentils – on eating for health and climate
Presentation and discussion
Organiser: Fredrik Hedenus
Time: 11.15-12.15
Room: Scania, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

There are many advices for how we should eat or not. But what actually matters for your health and what matters to reduce your climate impact? Marie Alminger professor in Food and Nutrition Science and Fredrik Hedenus Associate professor at Physical Resource Theory provide advices based on science.

B5: Neurocontrol and Augmented Reality
Organiser: Max Jair Ortiz Catalan
Time: 11.15-12.15
Room: the BNL Lab, Dept of Electrical Engineering, Maskingränd 2, floor 7Ö

You will learn how we can use technology to decode the intention of movement using electromyography for subjects to control robotic or virtual devices. How this technology is enabling subjects with motor challenges, and its future applications. Subjects will observe a demonstration of the technology and one person will have the opportunity to experience it.
Please note: this session can only take a restricted number of participants (first come, first served). We can host groups of a maximum 5 people at a time, and each demo would require at least 15 minutes. The demonstration will be open for one hour.

B6: Technology support for cognitively impaired and demented
Demonstration and dialogue
Organiser: Monika Jurkeviciute
Time: 12.45-13.45
Room: Catella, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

How can we improve life for people with cognitive impairment and mild dementia – with the support of ICT and improved care models? We will present our experiences from a multinational EU-project, where we have performed tests of ICT-enabled care in the homes of elderly in four countries (Sweden, Italy, Spain, Israel). Providing cognitive and physical training and physical activity monitoring is a grand challenge in an ageing population. We will give a demonstration of our suggested solution, and then we invite you to share your thoughts, ideas and/or experiences on how to combine technology with basic care for this large target group. The aim of our research is to improve life for people suffering from early stages of cognitive impairment and mild dementia.

B7: Health is the new sustainability
Organiser: Göran Lindahl
Time: 11.15-12.15
Room: Valdemar, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg
What if health was the strongest driver and determinator in the building of societal infrastructure? What if we look at the physical environment we inhabit as a whole instead and substitute the word "sustainability" with the word "health"? How do we actually design and build a health focused environment? Is it enough to use sustainable materials, consider environmental risks and strive for accessibility? The aim of the workshop is to think out of the box, on the complex of everyday built environment, the infrastructure of our lives. We aim to give our participants an AHA experience and further grounding of health as an important design and decision starting point in planning of society.

B8: Prehospital eHealth – improved acute care of life threating diseases
Presentation and discussion
Organiser: Bengt Arne Sjöqvist
Time: 14.00-15.00
Room: Valdemar, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

Stroke, myocardial infarction, trauma and sepsis are acute diseases affecting more than 100.000 individuals in Sweden each year. Some 20.000+ of them die, and a significant number of the survivors will suffer from severe injuries, in many cases for the rest of their lives. By using information and communication technology (ICT/eHealth) in the prehospital setting e.g. ambulances, we can facilitate care processes improving treatment outcome for these patients. Come and learn about what Chalmers together with regional partners are working on within this field to address this societal challenge. There will be plenty of time for questions and dialogue on the possibilities and challenges of eHealth.

Published: Sun 16 Sep 2018. Modified: Thu 18 Oct 2018