A talk with Anthony Fauci and Anders Tegnell ended this year's KI-Mayo meeting
The 26th annual meeting in the platform collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and the Mayo Clinic was completely digital for the first time due to the current pandemic with restrictions regarding both travel and large gatherings. The conference ended with a popular live seminar in honor of David H. Murdock.
The conference ended with a popular live seminar in honor of David H. Murdock, with a lecture by and interview with Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Sweden's state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell. The discussions focused on the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on public health. The seminar was recorded and can be seen on the Mayo Clinics Youtube channel.
Digital head start
With the help of the joint pitch team from Mayo and KI who won the competition "Transform the Collaboration Pitch Competition" during last year's 25th anniversary conference, the digitization of such an extensive scientific conference with separate workshops could be carried out. The interest in the conference was great with a record number of participants from both organizations.
- The proposal to create a virtual platform to keep the collaboration between the annual physical meetings alive and to create the opportunities to participate at a distance, gave us in the steering group a head start in planning an all-digital conference, says Sophie Erhardt, Professor of Experimental Psychiatry and KI: s academic coordinator for the KI-Mayo collaboration.