On the occasion of the World Health Day 2017, we would like to focus on how communication can help the Health Horizon 2020 projects we are involved in. The theme of this year’s World Health Day campaign is Depression. Depression is not to be neglected in society nowadays as it is a mental syndrome which has devastating effects on those affected. Some autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 Diabetes can lead to depression as it is a very hard illness to live with in an everyday routine.
As an agency with expertise in EU Research Projects, we work in this very specialised field of communication.
We are deeply convinced that a good communication is essential to give research projects more impact and allow them the chance to materialise their goals, especially when they can save lives and help create a better society. Currently, Sparks & Co is partner in 3 Health EU research projects: Diagoras, LSFM4LIFE and New Deal. Since the last one started this winter 2017 (and the communication plan and materials are still in creation), our European Communications manager, Caroline, and her two communication assistants, Ellie and Vanmala will talk to you about their work on Diagoras and LSFM4LIFE.
The Diagoras project started in June 2015 and will reach its two-year milestone in June 2017, drawing us closer to the main objective: developing a device that will help the general practitioners, dentists, health workers in detecting oral and respiratory tract infectious disease and the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Vanmala: As a Communication Assistant on the Diagoras project, I had the opportunity to meet our partners during our last meeting in Rotterdam and together visit the exhibition “Antibiotics: how much longer?” open until the 21st of May 2017 in the Natural History Museum of Rotterdam. This exhibition is a means to communicate about antimicrobial resistance to the general public. It is essential that the EU citizens know what can be done for research with public funding and why. After this visit, we created a video on this exhibition to share it with our partners but also to use it to illustrate one of our articles on this topic. In addition to reaching the general public, we also aim at communicating to a public more specialised; such as researchers.
Whenever our partners need some communication materials, we are here to support them, for instance we produced a flyer and a web page for the Satellite Symposium on Integrated Diagnostics on Oral Infections, which will be held on the 28th of May, during the 12th European Oral Microbiology Workshop. Thanks to the webpage and the flyer, the organizers who work on the Diagoras project, in the Karolinska Institute and the University of Zurich, have communication materials to spread the word about the Satellite Symposium and give even more visibility to our project.
Ellie: The LSFM4LIFE project has started in January 2016 and will continue until December 2020. As a Communication Assistant for LSFM4LIFE I have the opportunity to interact with 7 other partners, who are mostly scientific researchers. The aim of this Health Project is to find a solution to help cure Type 1 Diabetes by the isolation and therapeutic-scale manufacture of human pancreas organoids for the cellular therapy of T1D. We recently created a video showing a pancreas organoid in 3D view using the LSFM microscopy technology. That small clip is a mean to summarise (in simple terms) what LSFM4LIFE will actually bring to people suffering of Type 1 Diabetes, as researchers tend to use more scientific phrases which are not intended for a general audience.
Moreover, we are able to respond to the researchers communication needs, as for example, adapting the LSFM4LIFE poster in the language of the partner’s country, creating X-style banners for special events and other materials. We regularly write articles about how the project is going on, in order for people and researchers to be aware of the project’s progress. To be sure that anyone interested in the LSFM4LIFE project doesn’t miss any news, we find it important to send an External Newsletter every 6 months to everyone subscribing to the project website, and an Internal Newsletter every month to all the project partners. We are pleased to take part in such a Health Project, which will hopefully help some of the 20,7 million people affected by T1D worldwide.
We are delighted to work for those 3 Health Projects as it will hopefully help some of the World’s biggest issues:, antimicrobial resistance (Diagoras), Type 1 Diabetes (LSFM4LIFE) and inflammatory bowel diseases (New Deal). As communication is the link between all the projects’ partners, we, at Sparks & Co deeply believe in making a brighter science and like to think that our communication is helping the world become a healthier place!
Check out our other projects here and let us know if you think we can help you achieve your goals through our expert and innovative communication team!
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