Speed-Dating when Alzheimer’s researches met
The murmur was compact in Jan-Åke Gustafssonsalen on the morning of February 1 when Center for Alzheimer Research had scientific Speed-Dating. Every three minutes the participants had to change interlocutors and get to know a new person and after 30 minutes everyone had been told a little more about what 10 other researchers within the center do.
The rest of the day was filled with research presentations, presentation of infrastructure within the center and "Speakers Corner" – focused discussions in smaller groups. The research presentations really showed the breadth of research carried out within the centre and the speakers managed to describe their subjects in a way that engaged the audience and aroused an interest in new ways of tackling the challenges.
The day is organised to relaunch Center for Alzheimer Research, whose activity has been dormant for a few years. The centre wants to be a hub for all research with relevance to Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative-related diseases, and participated in over 100 people, most of whom are active researchers at NVS. There is a strength in the center that research is conducted at different levels – from molecular mechanisms to study of lifestyle factors at population level, but touches the same problem – the brain's aging and dementia diseases. What we want to do this day is that scientists from different areas meet to learn from each other and find common points of contact.
During the day the question of the Decade was also decided, where the task was to formulate a question that should be, to be answered within 10 years and where the answer should be useful. The winner was Erika Vazquez Juarez with the question: "Will it be possible to combine the results or the results of different/multiple research groups to come up with a more integrated treatment of the prevention of Alzheimer's disease?"
Maria Lindskog, koordinator för Centrum för Alzheimerforskning
Maria Lindskog, coordinator of Center for Alzheimer's Research, started today's meeting.
Photo: Marie Franzén
Center chairs: Maria Ankarcrona, Division of Neurogeriatric, Eric Westman, Division of Clinical Geriatrics and
Chengxuan Qiu, Division of ARC. Photo: Marie Franzén
Fika mingel outside Jan-Åke Gustafssonsalen. Photo: Marie Franzén
Speaker's corner - focused discussions in smaller groups
All photos from Speaker's corner: Annika Clemes