Yeasts that help researchers find the causes of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, 3D printers that print human body parts and organs, prostheses controlled by the user’s own will. Does this sound like science fiction to you? Well, think again! It is all part of research conducted at Chalmers today and only a few of many exciting projects within the area of Life Science Engineering presented during the seminar ”Engineering Good Life” held in honour of Barbro Osher on Saturday 13th of December at Chalmersska huset.
Jens Nielsen, Professor in systems biology and director of the Life Science Engineering Area of Advance, started out with an overview of the area after which a number of impressive presentations of research projects followed.
The presentations all supported the fact that Life Science is an ever-expanding field. Where, historically, a small number of academic fields were involved in research about health, the human body, and cures for various diseases, it is now an undeniable fact that many disciplines need to come together to, not only find the solutions but also make them accessible to the public.
At the end of the seminar, there was a panel discussion with Jan-Olof Jacke, CEO of AstraZeneca Sweden, Jenny Fäldt, Global Research Director for Absorption and Skin Health at SCA, as well as Ann-Sofie Sandberg and Jens Nielsen, both professors at Chalmers. The main point made by the panel was that there is a strong bond between technology and medicine within Gothenburg. Boasting two excellent universities, Chalmers University of Technology and the Sahlgrenska Academy (Faculty of Medicine at the University of Gothenburg), Gothenburg has the potential to take the lead in providing novel solutions to the benefit of people’s good life. Add AstraZeneca, SCA, and other health care companies in the region to the picture and you will find a real hotbed for Life Science Engineering research in the Gothenburg region.
The fact that the seminar, which took place on a Saturday in mid-December mind you, was attended by close to 100 people representing a broad range of research fields as well as the industry further reinforces the image of this field as steaming hot.
Barbro Osher is Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco and a well-known philanthropist, chairman of the Bernard Osher Foundation and of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. Barbro and Bernard Osher are dedicated to supporting Swedish-American relations and advancing education, research, and the arts with a special interest in the areas of health science and culture. In 2007, Chalmers received a generous donation from the Pro Suecia Foundation to support collaboration between Chalmers and universities in California. The seminar ”Engineering Good Life” was presented to Barbro as a birthday gift in appreciation of her continuous support.