Together with the TU Delft | Global Initiative, LUMC Global has set up a collaborative research workshop which kicks off today. Students enrolled in the workshop will partake in a study to primarily analyze the correlation between spatial conditions of residential neighbourhoods and buildings, and health. They will develop a comparative analysis of two neighbourhoods in The Hague.
The course will run from October 11th till November 12th and will give students the opportunity to collaborate interdisciplinary on a relevant societal research project. Students from TUD, LUMC and LCAB (Leiden Centre for Applied Bioscience) will join forces and conduct fieldwork at community houses in specifically selected neighbourhoods in The Hague. Fieldwork will include recruiting residents to participate in the study, data collection and interviews, the collection of air samples and result analysis using the 5 dimensions on the Leefbarometer.
The collaborative educational initiative between LUMC and TU Delft hopefully marks the first of many and we’re thrilled to have initiated this project together. The interdisciplinary approach is set to cross borders in the future once the pandemic allows it, but we’re very proud to have started this project locally, letting students contribute to research projects that will hopefully benefit global healthcare.
“Our students and teachers are so brave to take on this exciting challenge!”, says Prof Maria Yazdanbakhsh, chair of the LUMC Global initiative and one of the initiators of the project. “Without the medical and social sciences we can’t make sense of what we’re doing when we’re thinking about how to design houses and cities”, adds Prof Dick van Gameren, dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and allied with the TU Delft | Global Initiative. “To make sense of our design work we need to work together with all the other disciplines around us.”
We will follow the progress of the students in the coming weeks and share their insights. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, December 15th 2021, marks a special day as medical journal The Lancet Global Health published a new mixed-method study on mapping low-resource contexts to prepare for lung health interventions in four countries, conducted by the ‘FRESH AIR collaborators’. This international research group, led by the LUMC, found worryingly that chronic respiratory disease (CRD) often gets misinterpreted as an infection, especially as tuberculosis. The study found three themes to address that might prove pivotal for adequate implementation of interventions for CRD.
In the summer of 2021, the LUMC will host numerous summer schools on varying topics. All summer courses will be online due to COVID, making it possible for international students to join more easily!
During the Global Impact in Health Symposium, Dr. Emile Bienvenu, Director General of the Food and Drug Authority of Rwanda and Hans Schikan, PharmD, Topteam Member Dutch Topsector Life Sciences & Health (Health Holland, organizing partner of the symposium) and former Special Envoy for Vaccines will reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic till date and discuss how to create a better global ecosystem to generate more impact on patients. Hans Schikan shares his experience as Special Envoy for Vaccines and what he expects from the fireside chat with Dr. Emile Bienvenu.