International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Dr Carolina Backman Johansson Ideas Activities
  • doctor, Karolinska University Laboratory
    Stockholm, Sweden
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  • Sector:

    Research Laboratories
  • Organizations:

    Karolinska University Laboratory
    Swedish Society of Clinical Chemistry
    Swedish Society of Chemistry
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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As a doctor specialising in laboratory medicine (biochemistry and haematology) it has become clear to me that there is a very limited understanding about the chemistry needed for diagnostic purposes. There is a lot of work between a blood sample and a test result – not magic. To look into an in vitro system (eg. blood sample) and tell how the in vivo system (the body) function puts the knowledge of chemistry to the point.

The IYC 2011 gives an opportunity for the area of clinical chemistry to reach out to the public explaining what is possible and what to come. And to interest young people to come and work in this area.