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Digital “smorgasbord” with new tech for health

​Diet and gut microbiome, antibiotic resistance, hand transplantation, smart textiles, 3D printing, digital health and VR for treating psychosis. Chalmers two-day event Engineering Health is a digital “smorgasbord”, filled with technical solutions for care and health.
New technologies in a number of exciting areas are the focus of Engineering Health, April 13-14. With less than a month left, the programme’s timeslots are filled up, and registrations flow in.

Engineering Health is arranged by Chalmers’ Area of Advance Health Engineering, which was started in the spring of 2020. The Area of Advance spans the entire Chalmers, and gather all health-related research from all over the university. With Health Engineering, Chalmers has become a distinct partner for external parties such as Sahlgrenska University Hospital, the University of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland.

Solving the challenges together

Collaborations are also highlighted at Engineering Health, in order to inspire to more joint projects. Many of the programme items therefore have speakers in pairs; an engineer and a clinician, or researcher from healthcare sector, who jointly talk about how healthcare challenges can be solved.

“We are very proud to be able to offer such an exciting program. The breadth clearly shows how much Chalmers has to offer when it comes to health-related research, and also how important it is to collaborate on these issues. Healthcare is facing a number of challenges, with an increasing and aging population. Together with healthcare providers, we as engineers can find the solutions”, says Martin Fagerström, Co-Director of Health Engineering Area of Advance.
“Personally, I think it is very exciting that Chalmers is increasingly profiling itself as a university with health-related research. We are clearly a player to be reckoned with!”

Fully digital and open for all

The pandemic transforms Engineering Health from a physical event to a digital one. This could be seen as an advantage, as the event will be a “smorgasbord” and the format makes it easy to listen to, or participate in, selected parts.
“In this way, we hope to attract people not only in Gothenburg, but from all over Sweden – and also from other countries! The event is in English and open to everyone”, says Martin Fagerström.

Engineering Health is divided into four major parts:
New technology: Pushing the boundaries in diagnostics and treatment
Prevention: Keep out (of the hospital)!
Restoring health: New solutions for rehabilitation
Modern treatment: Personalised health- and self-care

In addition to these four parts, a panel discussion will end each day. External inspirational speaker is athletic star Carolina Klüft, founder of organisation Generation Pep.

Engineering Health is arranged by Chalmers University of Technology, in collaboration with Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sahlgrenska Academy and the Faculty of Science at the University of Gothenburg. A full programme is available here.

Text: Mia Malmstedt
Photos: All photos from Center for Bionics and Pain Research, related to the first presentation in the Engineering Health programme

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