Biomedical researcher Audrey Bowden organizes inaugural ‘Nature’ conference on bioengineering for global health, Nov. 13–15

Nature Conferences has selected Vanderbilt University to host a conference Nov. 13–15, 2023, focused on developing innovative diagnostic, treatment and disease-monitoring platforms to improve human health around the world.

Audrey Bowden (Vanderbilt University)
Audrey Bowden (Vanderbilt University)

The conference planning team was led by Audrey Bowden, associate professor of biomedical engineering and Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow, and editors from Nature Communications, Nature Biomedical Engineering and Nature Reviews Bioengineering. Magdalena Skipper, editor-in-chief at Nature, will be among the featured speakers.

The conference brings together biomedical and biomolecular engineers and clinical researchers, as well as policymakers, educators and funding and community partners, to explore recent findings and potential avenues for research in the emerging field of bioengineering.

“We know how vital it is to develop tools that can accurately detect and diagnose disease. Yet, one of the biggest challenges facing disease detection and diagnosis on a global scale is having the ability to deploy these tools in diverse, resource-constrained contexts,” Bowden said. “This conference will address how solving global health challenges requires more than just investments in ‘good science.’ It also requires deep thinking about overcoming cultural barriers and ensuring equitable access to detection and diagnostic technology.”