Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) hosted an interactive and engaging conference on the potential for innovative technologies to transform healthcare, at its Citylabs 1.0 facility, on Saturday 25 March.
Entitled ‘Manchester MedX: The Future of Healthcare', free to attend for students, and now in its third year, the conference is the brainchild of University of Manchester medical students; Tariq Ramtoola, Connor Mclaughlin and Mehfuz Patel, and is one of several events ran by their community interest company, ReThinkX.
Attended by more than 300 delegates, MedX showcases the technologies at the forefront of healthcare, and allows for meaningful collaboration between globally acclaimed experts and a thriving Manchester student community with an international reputation for innovation.
Breaking from the traditional conference format, the programme blends interactive lectures, workshops and demonstrations of the latest developments in healthcare.
This year’s event attracted internationally renowned experts, with the standout speaker and biomedical ageing researcher, Aubrey de Grey, who talked of ‘challenging the perceptions of ageing’, and passionately believes that the ageing process can be halted.
Other speakers included Hugo Mercier, CEO & co-founder of Rhythm; a neurotechnology company that has designed a wearable headband to monitor and improve sleep, and Dr Pablo Rojo, a paediatric infectious diseases specialist from Madrid. Rojo is leading research to develop early-stage, innovative therapeutics for HIV-infected children.
The interactive sessions made brilliant use of virtual reality, with one company, Manchester-based Studio Liddell, demonstrating how the technology can be used to further understanding of how multiple sclerosis affects patients.
Tariq Ramtoola, chief executive director of ReThinkX said: “This year’s MedX conference has surpassed all of our expectations. With the number of delegates & calibre of speakers, we’re currently the UK’s largest & most accessible conference of its kind. We now look forward to kicking on with our monthly ‘XHorizons’ and ‘Xsolve’ events with industry experts and panel discussions at Citylabs.
“MSP has helped us to meet a community of innovators in the healthcare sector, which has opened up lots of new opportunities and we’re proud to be part of this thriving ecosystem.”
Anne Dornan, head of innovation at MSP, added: “Events like MedX are absolutely critical to supporting collaboration between diverse communities and helping to build solutions to complex health problems.
“This approach is needed now more than ever, especially in the context of health devolution in Manchester, and the medical student community has a very important role to play both now and in future. It is great to see the event attracting 300 delegates from across the UK in just its third year and MSP is very proud to be a partner.”