Do you work in healthcare with problems that engineers could possibly help you solve? Are you an engineer working with techniques for the healthcare sector? Or are you just curious as to how engineering and medicine might meet and collaborate?
On November 8-9, Chalmers Area of Advance Life Science Engineering will organize the Initiative Seminar Engineering Health with support from Sahlgrenska University Hospital, AstraZeneca, Sahlgrenska Academy and MedTech West.
The aim of these exciting days is to bring medicine and engineering closer together, as we strongly believe in the need for collaborations between disciplines. Did you know that William Chalmers left half of his money to the school now known as Chalmers, and the other half to Sahlgrenska? This is why our seminar days are called Engineering Health – The Legacy of William Chalmers.
Our programme will stretch from the past, to present, and future challenges. A number of short pair-presentations will provide an overview of ongoing collaborations between engineers and clinicians. These will feature local researchers as well as international researchers who have succeeded in establishing translational activities. We are proud to announce that Mikael Elam and Mikael Persson, co-inventors of Strokefinder, and Max Ortiz Catalan and Rickard Brånemark, who developed an arm prosthesis, will join us. We are also delighted that Dr Oliver Aalami, Dr Ronald Dalman and PhD Chris Cheng from Stanford, USA, have accepted to join us. Oliver Aalami will talk about augmented reality, while Ronald Dalman and Chris Cheng will give insights into their collaboration on the development of new stents.
Other presentations include excellent and highly interesting researchers such as Agnes Wold and Ann-Sofie Sandberg, working on allergies and early life nutrition, Måns Eeg-Olofsson and Sabine Reinfeldt, hearing-aids, Marta Bally and Nils Lycke, vesicles as carriers, Mårten Falkenberg and Håkan Nilsson, stents, and Paul Gatenholm and Stina Simonsson, 3D bioprinting of cartilage. More names will follow and this page will be updated continuously!
The presentations will be diverse to make sure that everybody with an interest in clinical or medical work has a chance to find new collaborations and inspiration. A “speed-dating” session between clinicians and engineers in conjunction with the seminar will provide plenty of networking opportunities and so will the dinner on November 8. In a poster session, we will get the chance to see even more projects where engineers and clinicians collaborate.
On day two, we will take a closer look at the future with an outlook and forecast of the needs for future health care and the technical challenges implied. We offer a field trip to AstraZeneca over lunch, where we will experience how the interaction between disciplines creates innovation. By showing the pharmaceutical process and give examples of future challenges, our hope is that this trip will inspire and give food for new ideas and solutions. But the number of seats are limited: we can only offer this trip to the first 80 to register!
Later in the afternoon, Anna Sandström, Science Relations Director at AstraZeneca, will give her view on the future to come, and we will finish off with a panel debate that includes organizations supporting and strengthening Chalmers-Sahlgrenska collaborations, including MedTechWest, Sahlgrenska Science Park, GU-holding, Chalmers Innovation and many more.
Welcome to Engineering Health! This seminar is open to all interested. And please note: the presentations, lunches, dinner and networking is all free of charge!