The Biofilm Research Collaboration Center, led by Professor Titik Nuryastuti, MD, of the UGM Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, held a Focus Group Discussion at the Tahir Foundation Graduate School Building on Friday (September 8).
The Biofilm Research Collaboration Center was established in March 2022 and is headquartered at Universitas Gadjah Mada.
The collaborating team consists of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), and partner universities, including Jenderal Soedirman University (UNSOED) and the University of Muhammadiyah East Kalimantan (UMKT).
The FGD included presentations on research reports from the two research groups within the research center, namely the Biofilm Associated Infection (BAI) research group and the Drug Discovery research group.
This allowed each group to share information, experiences, and creative ideas interactively, covering the latest research findings, cutting-edge technologies, and various practical approaches to preventing and controlling biofilms.
“The Biofilm Research Collaboration Center is a source of pride for the UGM Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing because, for me, biofilm is something new, and it turns out that biofilm is one of the significant issues that need to be addressed,” said Vice Dean for Research and Development at the UGM Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Dr. Lina Choridah, MD.
Dr. Sunarno, representing the Head of the Biomedical Research Center at BRIN, stated that the Biofilm Research Collaboration Center will face even more significant challenges starting from the third year and the following years. Therefore, he hoped the center would maintain unity and mutual support.
“Because not all institutions have the same human resources and energy, everyone should support each other to solve problems,” Dr. Sunarno said.
Dr. Satrio Krido Wahono, representing the Head of the Food Technology and Process Research Center at BRIN, emphasized that the center is a pioneer among the research centers funded by BRIN.
“So, I hope that the center can maintain innovation, a spirit of togetherness, and become a benchmark for other research collaboration center groups,” Dr. Wahono said.
The Focus Group Discussion was followed by a webinar on Saturday (September 9) with the theme “Biofilm Infection, A Hidden Challenge,” featuring Deputy for Research Facilities and Innovation at BRIN, Professor Agus Haryono, and Dean of the UGM Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata, MD.
Author: Dian Asti U