‘How do we create a sustainable hospital?’ This is the main question the Interdisciplinary Thesis Lab ‘Sustainable Hospitals’ centers around. On February 9th, eleven (including international) master students have started their master thesis research project related to this very question. Medical Delta’s Thesis Lab and the LDE Centre for Sustainability will supervise these students during their research.
Together, the students will research sustainability from different angles. Some examples of their research focus are: sustainable and safe treatments for patients, re-usage of medical instruments used in the operating theatre, and the implementation of green initiatives in the management and organization of care.
7% of the total Dutch CO2-footprint comes from the healthcare sector, including emission by power consumption, medicine and traveling. Moreover, hospitals produce a lot of waste, of which 20 to 30% comes from the operating theatre. This pollution increases when implementing new technologies and materials. Thus, there’s plenty of motivation to facilitate research on making the healthcare sector more sustainable. The research results from the master students will be made available in practical solutions to healthcare professionals, researchers, medical doctors and/or patients, ensuring the master students have an immediate influence on making hospital care more sustainable.
Read more about the Thesis Lab Sustainable Hospitals and the research projects taking place here: https://www.medicaldelta.nl/nieuws/interdisciplinair-thesis-lab-sustainable-hospitals-van-start (Dutch)
Last month we kicked off the pilot study on housing and health, set up by the TU Delft | Global Initiative, Leiden Center for Applied Bioscience (LCAB) and LUMC Global in which 6 groups, consisting of students from all institutes, joined forces to analyse the correlation between spatial conditions of residential neighbourhoods and buildings, and health. All groups developed a comparative analysis of two neighbourhoods in The Hague, with each group looking at different neighbourhoods. Last week, on November 10, they presented their findings and suggestions on the central theme: how do we build a pandemic proof and healthy city?
The Globalization, Accessibility, Innovation, and Care (GAIC) Network has released its 2022 Annual Report. The report showcases how the network has grown into an international, interdisciplinary academic network through the studying of changes in society, access to health care, and global changes in demographics and technology. “GAIC links inquiry of digital innovation, health and humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies. By investigating extraordinary phenomena in different places, a comparative and critical perspective with regards to findings is encouraged“, said LUMC Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen, Coordinator GAIC.