Lectures and seminars

Back to Nature (KI DEVREG Salon event)

2017-10-0216:00 to 18:00 Hörsalen Novum, Blickagången 6Campus Flemingsberg
Back to nature 

Back to Nature - medical research and innovation by mimicking nature

A TED-inspired salon event, free admission for students & others organized by the Doctoral Programme for Development and Regeneration (DEVREG).

By biomimicry, seeking sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, researchers could find answers on complex questions and contribute to important innovations. The core idea of biomimicry is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. At this salon event you will learn what biomimicry is about and get some examples of how it is used in research and innovations.


Johanna Painer, PhD, DVM, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
Johanna is a researcher and wildlife veterinarian with special interest in Ultrasonography and Reproduction in Wildlife, Wildlife Anaesthesia and Wildlife Crime. She is also a consultant veterinarian for the Orsa Predator Park in Sweden. She is part of a team investigating how mammals rely upon scent for intraspecific communication. She will present parts of her research and share her thoughts about what and how we could learn from nature and wildlife.

Janne Johansson, Professor, Karolinska Institutet
Janne is head of a research group working on mechanisms of protein aggregation in disease, development of protein drugs, and protein assembly in spider silk formation. This broad approach has so far generated for example synthetic proteins for treatment of lung disease. Janne will talk about how they succeed in finding a method to make artificial spider silk and how it could be used in biomedical applications.

At this TED-inspired two-hours event, we gain a better understanding of how studying and mimicking nature as part of medical research could lead to important breakthroughs and innovations. The theme will be explored by listening to talks on the subject followed by an open-minded campfire session with the speakers and where you are welcome to share your thoughts and questions.

Snacks & refreshments will be served. To get one of the complimentary tickets and join this event, please register here before September 26.

Contact person: Erika TanosImport to calendar


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