Covid-19 Crisis And Healthcare Challenges Video Interview With Prof. Henning Walczak

By Hernaldo Turrillo - Apr 01, 2020

Dinis Guarda and Professor Yu Xiong talk with Professor Henning Walczak about how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting every single aspect of the society and how healthcare systems all around the world struggle before this novel coronavirus. The best advice, according to the immunologist, is social distancing and self-isolation while scientists research viable treatments.

As the Covid-19 crisis deepens, healthcare systems, researchers and universities around the world face their most challenging times in decades. The correct way of researching, the need for best treatment, advice and reliable information about how to help others increase and we need to align efforts in the world academic and healthcare researcher community.

citiesabc founders Dinis Guarda and Professor Yu Xiong interview world leader in infectious deseases and cancer research Professor Henning Walczak. This video interview highlights the career of Professor Henning Walczakand and his considerations, as an inmunologist, on Covid 19 / Coronavirus Pandemic.

Prof. Walczak also highlights the importance of collaborative approach to tackle all the issues with the Covid 19 Pandemic and how practical things  such as social distancing and self-isolation can make the difference to stop the transmissions.

As this is a novel coronavirus never seen before, the immunologist also goes in depth about the efforts that healthcare systems, scientists and doctors worldwide are going through searching for viable treatments and the much-needed vaccine. In fact, these two factors are critical in limiting the long-term impact of Covid-19 on the population.

Henning Walczak is Professor of Cancer Biology at University College London (UCL), United Kingdom, and Scientific Director of the Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre. He is also the Humboldt Professor at the University of Cologne, Germany. As a Humboldt Professor at the University of Cologne, Henning Walczak is managing the “from bench to bedside” approach to amalgamate pre-clinical and clinical research to a greater extent. He recently moved to Cologne, from London and is also helping expand interdisciplinary metabolism research there. Recently he is working to find best solutions to solve and find Covid-19 medication.

Born in Germany, Professor Walczak previously conducted research at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and also worked for the biotech company Immunex Corportation in Seattle, United States. Together with the Heidelberg immune geneticist Peter Krammer he founded the biotech firm Apogenix, which he still advises. In 2007, Walczak transferred to London, initially to Imperial College and then to UCL. He has received numerous major awards, including an ERC Advanced Grant and the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. After being awarded the Humboldt Professorship in 2019, he joined the University of Cologne in June to expand his research there.

Dinis Guarda is the founder of citiesabc.com. He is an author, academic, influencer, serial entrepreneur and leader in 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation and Blockchain. With over two decades of experience in international business, guest lecturing in universities like Copenhagen Business School and C level positions. Dinis has been focused on how to digital transform cities, reinvent nations and create sustainable empowerment smart cities. Dinis has worked with new tech, building digital transformation, fintech strategies for governments and global organisations, and central banks. Dinis has co-created a bank, and been involved in the inception of innovative solutions for society and cities such as tokenisation and digital currencies. Dinis has created various companies such as Ztudium, techabc, openbusinesscouncil.org and fashionabc.org among others.

Professor Yu Xiong is an academic, researcher and serial entrepreneur. He was trained as a computer scientist, then became a professor in various business schools across the UK. He is active in doing research, growing start-ups, creating his own companies. During his career, he has wide publications in top academic journals, and created business impact in multiple industries. He is a co-founder of Magna Carta Blockchain Island, citiesabc.com and is leading global initiative such as 2012 London Olympic Torch Bearer, he is a Fellow, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is thePresident, UK International Innovation Centre, London. He is the Co-Chair of UKDE Limited (FinTech Blockchain Company). He is the Chair Professor of Technology and Operations Management at Northumbria University

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