Agromedicine – To advance the PAN ASEAN Coalition for Epidemic and Outbreak Preparedness (PACE-UP) project, Dr. Ulfa Elfiah, M.Kes., Sp.BP-RE., Subsp. L.B.L.(K), the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Jember University, along with Prof. Dr. drg. Sri Hernawati, M.Kes., the Vice Rector for Field II, and Dr.rer.nat. Kartika Senjarini, S.Si., M.Si., the UNEJ PACE-UP project coordinator, initiated a new collaboration for academic exchange in the field of medicine with two universities: Ulm Medical School and Lübeck Medical School in Germany.

The delegation from the University of Jember held discussions with Prof. Dennis Nurjadi, a researcher in Medical Microbiology at Lübeck Medical School, where they explored research collaboration involving lecturers and students. The focus of this collaboration is the characterization of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, aligning with the mission of the Faculty of Medicine UNEJ in Agromedicine. The subsequent collaboration was initiated with Ulm Medical School, where the UNEJ delegation met with Prof. Dr. Thomas Wirth, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Dr. Heike von Baum, the Head of the Hospital Hygiene Section Division at the University Hospital, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Stamminger, the Medical Director at the Institute of Virology. Ulm Medical School expressed openness to further cooperation, even offering to facilitate the availability of modern research tools for future research collaborations that may take place at Ulm Medical School.

Additionally, discussions were held with Prof. Dr. Chrystelle Mavoungou from Biberach University of Applied Sciences to foster collaboration in the realm of social-legal aspects of medical products. This collaboration also extended to involve the Faculty of Law.

In preparation for the PACE-UP Workshop scheduled to be held at the University of Jember in 2024, the UNEJ delegation met with Dr. Carsten Köhler, the Head of the Competence Center and the Focus Group “Global Health/Globale Gesundheit,” and Franziska Waschek from the International Office of the University of Tübingen. During this meeting, coordination discussions covered event logistics, venues, and technical matters pertaining to the forthcoming PACE-UP Workshop, which will involve numerous partners from Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Author: Kartika Senjarini