South Galicia to turn to 'big health challenges'

South Galicia to turn to ‘big health challenges’

Gathering scientists from Sergas and the University of Vigo, Galicia Sur Health Research Institute will operate all its mechanisms to solve major health problems, by promoting interaction between basic, clinical and researchers from different fields of knowledge. .

This was one of the results of the sixth Meeting Day, currently held in the assembly hall of the Álvaro Cunqueiro Hospital, which is also the first appointment since Galicia Sur’s Charles III Institute of Health entered the national network of accredited centres. That is why scientific director Eva Poveda recalled the main axes and values ​​of the Strategic Plan 2022-2026: innovation, translational research (consisting of strengthening the links between basic research and clinical practice to achieve tangible results for the patient), internationalization, community commitment, transparency and scientific quality .

One of the goals is to promote “open” research so that it can be easily shared and used by the scientific ecosystem to support new developments.

On the other hand, the conferences welcomed the conclusions of five multidisciplinary working groups of clinical and basic researchers, and representatives of patient associations working on proposals to launch new collaborative research lines that impact a topical aspect of health. challenge. To discuss this issue, the Institute had the participation of Marta Aymerich, Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Research of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), who gave a lecture titled “In science, starve or die”. Aymerich said, “The main purpose of research is to contribute to improving the world by advancing knowledge. Therefore, if we want to change the world by taking into account the world itself, the results of research must be accessible to everyone, everywhere. According to him, a paradigm shift is essential for the evaluation of scientific work because parameters such as impact factor are still used, these criteria depend on the quality of the journal rather than the article itself. Thus, there is an open science-based movement working to change the standards of evaluation of scientific personnel, to include more qualitative aspects such as the quality of research, collaborative synergies between scientists, or the social impact of research.

In the opening speech of the meeting, Eva Poveda, Scientific Director of IIGSG; Belén Rubio, Vice-Chancellor for Research, Transfer and Innovation at the University of Vigo, Miguel Ángel Correa, director of the Center for Biomedical Research (Cinbio), and Minister of Health Julio García Comesaña are officially inaugurating.

Likewise, representatives of different patient associations were invited, such as the Association of Alzheimer’s Patients and Other Dementia Patients’ Relatives in Galicia, the Galician HIV Affected Association, and the Galician Federation of Rare and Chronic Diseases.

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