‘Nature’ conference fosters radical collaboration

Researchers from around the globe gathered for the inaugural Nature conference “Bioengineering for Global Health” at Vanderbilt University Nov. 13–15.


Faculty members from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and editors from Nature Communications, Nature Biomedical Engineering and Nature Reviews Bioengineering led the organization of the conference.

About 130 participants discussed advances in diagnostic, treatment and disease-monitoring platforms that can function in diverse settings, particularly in places where resources are scarce. Featured speakers included Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Nature Editor in Chief Magdalena Skipper. Conference speakers represented numerous countries, including India, South Korea, Brazil, China, South Africa, Spain and Scotland.

Krishnendu Roy, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering and University Distinguished Professor, provided opening remarks, and there was a welcome address by Michael Miga, the interim chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

“This is really a global conference,” said Roy, whose research is focused on engineering biomaterials for delivering vaccines and immunotherapies. “We are working together on what our chancellor likes to call radical collaboration, not just across the disciplines, but across communities. And you are part of that tremendous global community that we want to collaborate with.”

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