COOPERATION. The presentations during the Research Day featured inspiration and laughter. The day provided insight into life-saving research on breast cancer, prostate cancer, stroke, thyroid disease and bipolar disorder.
Sahlgrenska Academy Dean Jenny Nyström began by thanking the working group that organized the Research Day for their efforts:
“Today’s program is great, about broad diseases affecting many patients and also society at large,” noted Jenny Nyström.
This year’s Research Day was the ninth of its kind, but it was the first to be opened by Jenny Nyström and Boubou Hallberg, who are both newly appointed in their roles as Dean and Hospital Director. “The Research Day provides an opportunity to expand networks,” they said, and they encouraged all participants to take the opportunity to talk to someone they would not otherwise have met.
“It is in the encounters that take place in between sessions that we are truly innovative. Perhaps ideas for tomorrow’s cutting-edge treatments will emerge here during Research Day today,” said Boubou Hallberg, Hospital Director at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
The main sessions during the day consisted of a series of short presentations that provided different perspectives and insight into ongoing research at Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
For example, the section on breast cancer began with a presentation by Per Karlsson on how genetic analysis of tumors can be used to determine which patients will benefit from radiotherapy. Fredrik Wärnberg then gave a presentation on so called axillary surgery, which involves removing nodes in the armpit to prevent the spread of breast cancer. Here, the trend has been towards less and less intervention. The last presentation on breast cancer discussed a qualitative study on how healthy relatives of a person with hereditary breast cancer experience receiving this information by mail from the healthcare system.
Exciting and interesting
Two of this year’s audience members were Narine Gevorgyan, Research Nurse at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and Anna Dittrich, R&D Coordinator in psychiatry, cognition and elderly psychiatry at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and postgraduate student at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology.
“I think that everything we have heard has been interesting. Since I worked within the field of stroke previously, I found that section particularly exciting,” said Narine Gevorgyan.
“It has been a very good day, where we have seen the breadth of the research, and the clear link between Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. There is so much research that has already led to clinical benefits,” said Anna Dittrich.
You can already save the date of Research Day 2025, which will also mark the 10th anniversary of this event. It will take place on February 6, 2025. More information will be available in the fall.
BY: ELIN LINDSTRÖM