28 April 2022

On April 21-22, WCMM LiU invited to a symposium. Around 100 people participated over the two days in the long-awaited event on site. "It was a very high level both in the research that was presented and in the discussions that arose", said David Engblom, Director at WCMM LiU.

Group image of WCMM LiU at Trädgårdsföreningen in Linköping. Group picture of participants at the end of day 1 of the WCMM Symposium 2022. John Karlsson

The WCMM LiU Symposium is an initiative focusing on the Medicine-Technology Interface. The 2022 event had invited keynote speakers, talks from WCMM group leaders and poster sessions presenting the Medicine – Technology Interface at WCMM LiU.

Paul Franken, Associate Professor, from University of Lausanne, was one of the internationally invited speakers. He gave an esteemed lecture entitled “Using systems genetics to find out what makes us sleepy”.

Image of Paul Franken who smiles and enjoys a cup of coffee.Paul Franken was one of the internationally invited speakers at the 2022 WCMM Symposium. Photo credit John Karlsson"I think it was a wonderful event. A large variety of topics with excellent speakers that gave clear presentations that could also be followed by those not specialized in the various topics and thereby appreciate the cool science. I find small events such as the WCMM Symposium attractive as it more easily allows to interact with people. I learned a lot and met and discussed with several of the students and presenters. Also the organization was flawless.", said Paul.


Great success

Walker Jackson, WCMM Fellow and part of the organizing committee, was happy with the event.

"I thought the event was a great success. For many attendees and speakers it was the first time in two or three years to attend a scientific meeting in real life. But beyond that, the lectures covered some very interesting topics and the quality was excellent.", said Walker.

What do you bring with you from the event?

A picture taken from above during the poster session when the WCMM symposium took place in 2022.The poster session during the event. Photo credit John Karlsson"One thing I left the event with is a better, though still basic, understanding of certain topics that I do not study, such as development, Wnt signalling, and electrophysiology. There were also some lectures in my field of neurodegenerative disease from which I learned a lot of new information. So in general, regardless of the topic, I feel I learned a lot from each lecture, which is not always the case in scientific symposia! I hope the other attendees had the same experience.", Walker concluded.

Francisca Lottersberger, WCMM Fellow, was also one of the speakers.

"The event was very interesting, covering many of the subjects of medical studies, from molecular structural biology to cell biology, from neurobiology to behavioral studies. Good news is, all these different and relevant topics are covered by different groups at LiU!", said Francisca.

Any other reflections?

"Science done at LiU is broad and cutting-edge. We should advertise it more and more often outside LiU."


Making progress

David Engblom, Director of WCMM LiU, introduces day two of the WCMM Symposium 2022.David Engblom, Director of WCMM LiU. Photo credit John KarlssonDavid Engblom, Director of WCMM LiU, was satisfied with the event.

"I think the symposium was very successful. It was a very high level both in the research that was presented and in the discussions that arose. I thought it was very fun to see the researchers at our center make progress. The symposium has also been postponed several times and it was refreshing to be able to have a symposium with both national and international guests again."

What do you bring with you from the symposium?

"One thing I bring with me from the symposium is a good feeling that our fellows are doing well. Another is that it's incredibly fun to discuss research in person again."



Many thanks to the organizing committee, the presenters and all participants who together created a successful event.

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