GARD Innovation Forum: Bridging Technologies and Market Needs

June 25, 2021 - June 26, 2021


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Researchers from countries around the globe are gathering on June 25-26, 2021 at the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics (GARD) Innovation Forum on Bridging Technologies and Market Needs to share ideas on how to sustain all aspects of health (humans, animals, plants, and the environment) through rapid diagnostics. 

GARD is led by Evangelyn Alocilja, a professor in the Michigan State University Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE).  

This unique event will focus on topics like antimicrobial resistance (AMR), prevention of future pandemics, zoonotic infectious diseases, food safety/security, convergence-sustainable health, and other cross-cutting issues. The event is 30 hours long. Activities will span over various time zones, with different continents holding technical sessions while allowing everyone to join at their convenience.

To prevent future pandemics, researchers from different continents will take turns to lead discussions that will encourage the exchange of ideas and collaboration. With more connected researchers, they can share their techniques and learn more about what is happening outside their local networks. By strengthening international communication, the monitoring of infectious diseases and food security can be enhanced at the grassroots level across borders. 

The scientists attending the Innovation Forum will have the opportunity to give presentations, submit posters, have pre-recorded videos, be a part of panels, and network with other researchers. There is also an Innovation Challenge on June 25, where participants will be assigned in groups. Each group is given a global problem to brainstorm and propose an innovative solution. Then they will present their solution in the form of a 3-minute elevator pitch. The top teams will win prizes for their elevator pitches. Awards will also be given to the top three-minute flash talk presentations for undergraduate and graduate students posters.

Attendees will also be able to see artist Alan Vazquez make a sculptural work. This work will represent the hope for a cure for people suffering from Tuberculosis. The event will be livestreamed from  Pablo Guardado Chavez University (UPGCH) in the  Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, during the Innovation Forum.


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