The Mosa Conference is a (bio)medical research conference organized by students, for students. This international conference is held annually at Maastricht University (UM) in cooperation with the academic hospital (MUMC+) and the University of Hasselt (UH).
The Mosa Conference offers students a platform to present their (bio)medical research to a professional jury consisting of doctors and scientists, and a general audience, moreover also including students and companies. Interestingly, the conference features a specific (bio)medical theme with theme oriented lectures and workshops given by scientists within the field. This enables students to gain different perspectives and ideas for future research or careers, and it enables an optimal place to create new connections and collaborations between students and attendees. In the past, Mosa Conference has brought amazing speakers to Maastricht and their students, and 2022 is aimed to be increasingly international in that endeavour.
The theme of this year is:
‘Adopting orphan diseases – Rare diseases as a more central focus in the scientific world.’
This topic, focussing on a multitude of rare and unknown disorders that unitedly affect an extensive number of people in the world, will enable us to discuss human diseases from another perspective. Namely, that rarity of a disease may complicate its detection and diagnosis. Moreover, it also frequently means that treatments are unavailable, and are not readily sought for due to a lack of commercial interest.
The subject of our conference in this instance may be of great value to students to learn more about the underlying aspect of research interest. In addition, it may also show, to both students, researchers and companies, that commercialisation should not be the end goal of scientific endeavours. Ultimately, this topic is of interest to students, scientists, and companies alike, and majorly benefits from an interactive event that brings together these key-players of the future scientific world.