Hello, everyone! A new academic year is upon us, and we are very excited to welcome our newest members.
UAEM is an international group of students dedicated to equity and the social justice in the provision of healthcare around the world. Specifically, we leverage our position as students to ensure that all patients in need have access to the fruits of biomedical research carried out at universities. Many of the world’s most essential medicines are wholly or partly developed in academic laboratories. Their accessibility to the poor in developing countries is profoundly affected by the research, licensing and patenting decisions made by universities.
Joining UAEM (pronounced “you-aim”) is easy; sign-up to be on our mailing list by e-mailing us: firstname.lastname@example.org. There, you’ll get notices about all of our upcoming meetings and events. The best way to learn more about how you can get involved is to come to one of our meetings.
For a quick and inspirational introduction to UAEM and the work we do, check out this 20 minute TEDxTerry video by Mike Gretes, former UBC-UAEM Chair.
This year, we are excited to launch a number of new projects, including a collaboration with other Canadian chapters to encourage the adoption of socially responsible licensing practices by all research universities in Canada, and to increase funding for research on neglected and tropical diseases. We will continue to offer our annual Introductory Seminar, present to UBC classes, host a movie night, give talks at conferences, and many more educational and outreach activities.
We warmly welcome anyone who would like to join our chapter in the worldwide push for equitable access to essential medicines. Please e-mail us soon; we look forward to hearing from you!