Uppsala gathers for meetings on life science and its value to society

Published: 2012-12-19


Next week Uppsala will become a magnet for researchers, industry leaders and decision makers in healthcare. The first conference day is organised by British periodical The Economist, while SciLifeLab Uppsala will be hosting the second day, focusing on infectious diseases and antibiotics resistance.

 

In Uppsala, the life sciences make up a large part of academic research and industry. The cooperation between healthcare, research and industry is important to many of the companies that develop here, and all over the world products and methods are being used which are a result of these collaborations.

‘The fact that The Economist organises a conference in Uppsala about how important this cooperation is for all parties is gratifying, but not surprising’, says Maria Sörby, head of SciLifeLab Uppsala.

‘Our research and our collaborations nationally and globally in antibiotics resistance are at the forefront and can become very important for our chances of handling one of our time’s greatest societal challenges.’

The discussions on 22 November will focus on how to best overcome the gaps between research, healthcare and industry in the life science field of the future. SciLifeLab Uppsala’s conference on the following day will revolve around questions of infectious diseases and antibiotics resistance. Development of drugs resistance is a serious threat to global health and at the same time development of new antibiotics is facing serious difficulties.

How to overcome these problems is something that involves decision makers, advisors and researchers in academy, industry, healthcare and patient organisations all over the world. The conference on 23 November is divided into four sessions with international speakers:

• Infections and their propagation
• Development of effective antimicrobial medicines and vaccines
• Propagation of antibiotics resistance and pandemics
• Antibiotics resistance and establishing policies

‘We are very happy to welcome speakers and key individuals from Europe but also Asia who can give a broader perspective on these societal problems’, says Maria Sörby.

‘The conference has been made possible through the excellent network and cooperation existing between Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the National Veterinary Institute as well as the networks IEE and ReAct. It is these organisations’ many contacts around the world, in companies and academy, that have made possible the programme that we now have the pleasure of offering’, continues Maria Sörby.

Link to the programme at SciLifeLab’s website, www.events.scilifelab.uu.se.

Media are welcome to take part in the conference.

For more information, please contact Maria Sörby, tel. +46 18 471 4242.

To apply for admission, contact Anneli Waara, tel. +46 18 471 1974, anneli.waara@uadm.uu.se.