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Uppsala Health Summit 2018, part 1: time to start discussing some tuff questions related to cancer care!

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As I have written before on this blog, I have been involved in this year’s version of Uppsala Health Summit with the theme “Care for cancer”. See this blog post, for an introduction about the summit and the workshop that I co-organized together with my colleagues Åsa Cajander and Christiane Grünloh. Apart from co-organizing the workshop on the use of data for better cancer treatments, I was also a member of the program committee.

This is the first post in a blog series I will write during the summer, about the content of the summit and the preparatory work performed by the program committee. My intentions are mainly to raise awareness about the summit as such (a yearly event with different themes each year) and to highlight some important challenges, as well as opportunities, related to cancer care that were brought up during the summit.

This year’s program committee consisted of researchers (mostly professors) from a wide range of fields related to cancer care (e.g. oncology, physiotherapy, bio informatics, precision medicine and pharmacy) and all members also represented a workshop focused on their respective fields. You can read about all the workshops here. It was really interesting to take part in the meetings where the program was decided upon, even though many of the topics discussed were outside my main research field. I will get back to my experiences from the program committee work in a later post in this series.

One of the last things we did in the program committee was to agree on the content of a debate article that was published the same morning as the summit started. Our goal with the article, which was signed by all members of the program committee, was to highlight some tuff questions related to cancer care and to raise awareness about the summit and about some key challenges that we are facing. One of the important take-home messages is that we need to find international collaborations regarding e.g. bio banks, rare tumor diseases, data sharing, etc. – the challenges are global and should be tackled as such! I will get back to the global perspective on cancer care in later blog posts in this series. I’m really pleased with the article and I really recommend you to read it. You can find the link here (unfortunately, there is only a Swedish version).

I will be back soon with the second part in this blog series, where I reflect on the overall organization of this year’s Uppsala Health Summit, so stay tuned!  🙂

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Interview with Åsa Cajander about our workshop at Uppsala Health Summit!

As I wrote in this blog post, Åsa Cajander, Christiane Grünloh and I are organizing a workshop at Uppsala Health Summit. The workshop focuses on the use of data for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. More information about this year’s theme, “care for cancer” has been posted on the summit’s web page now. According to the current plan, our workshop will be held during three hours (with a pause for lunch) on Friday 15 June.

If you want to read a very concise summary of our workshop, you can find one here. If you want to know more about some of the challenges, related to use of data in healthcare, that will be brought up to discussion in the workshop you can read about an interview with Åsa Cajander (main organizer) here! In the interview, she also describes how we will make use of critical incidents in the workshop.

I’m really looking forward to continue working with this and I’m positive the workshop will yield many interesting and important results! I will write a new post about the summit when there is a link to the pre-conference report.

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Organizing a workshop at Uppsala Health Summit!

In a few earlier blog posts I have mentioned that I’m one of the co-organizers of a workshop at Uppsala Health Summit. This summit is an annual large international meeting, where challenges in health and healthcare are brought up to discussion. The summit is highly multi-disciplinary in nature and usually involves researchers, patients, policy makers and business representatives to name a few categories. The main coordinator of the whole thing is Madeleine Neil.

Every year Uppsala Health Summit has different themes. Last year the theme was “Tackling Infectious Disease Threats – Prevent, detect, respond with a One Health approach”. You can read about last year’s version of the summit here. This year the theme, which is described here, is “Care for Cancer” and the workshop I’m involved in focuses on how we can use already existing data for better diagnoses and treatment of cancer.

The main organizer of our workshop is Åsa Cajander and Christiane Grünloh and I are the co-organizers. I think we have a very good plan for the workshop and later on this week we are submitting our contribution to the so called pre-conference report which will be published later on during the spring. The workshop is based on the critical incident and vision seminar techniques and the format will be tested in a workshop at Medical Informatics Europe in April, as I explained here. I will write more about the content of our workshop around the time when the pre-conference report is published.

The summit does not only contain workshops but also several plenum sessions. The content of these sessions, as well as the content of all workshops, is discussed in meetings about once a month. One representative from each workshop takes part in these monthly meetings. The planning around the summit is very well organized and I’m sure we will end up with a great program during this year’s summit at Uppsala Castle, June 14-15!