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Feb. 11, 2024

2024 GARD Innovation Forum: Supporting sustainable health for early diagnosis

Researchers from around the globe will gather on March 14-16 at the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics.

Researchers from around the globe will gather on March 14-16, 2024, at the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics: Bridging Technologies and Market Needs. This event will focus on antimicrobial resistance in respiratory disease in immunocompromised populations, aquaculture diseases, sustainable health in both human and food production, as well as affordable and accessible diagnostic technologies, and pandemic preparedness and surveillance.

Evangelyn Alocija

GARD is led by Evangelyn Alocilja, a professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Founded in 2016, GARD brings together scientists from around the globe to create innovative solutions to real-world problems.

“The Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics, or GARD, is unique because it is a community of innovators and a multidisciplinary 
multicultural peer-to-peer network of equals committed to one vision: support sustainable health through early diagnosis for resource-limited populations worldwide.” said Alocilja. “The annual GARD Forum is a virtual platform with unique activities that everyone can participate in: Innovation Challenge, regional technical sessions, short courses, mentoring sessions and special groups. The regional sessions feature speakers from East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa and Europe. The Innovation Challenge provides a unique opportunity to see how cultural and social norms influence proposed solutions to technical problems. The three-day program “Follows the Sun,” where regional sessions across continents are conducted in a manner friendly to the local time. Finally, it is free of charge and designed to give a voice to everyone everywhere! Welcome to GARD!”

With an attendance of over two thousand attendees since it launched in 2021, GARD has continued to increase in attendance. This unique event takes place over multiple time zones, with hosts from various locations worldwide hosting the session to allow all attendees to participate.

To read more about the forum and register, click here.

This story originally appeared on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources website. 

By: Kathryn Kendall