ORCHESTRA Partners Meeting – One year of collaboration
The Partners Meeting on November 26th was a very special one. One year of collaboration provided a vast variety of presentations on the agenda. The topics were around: the achievements within the Work Packages, introduction of new cohorts (welcome again, we appreciate collaboration), new studies on population-based cohorts, psychological impact and Parkinson cohorts, cohort enrolment in non-EU countries, COVID-19 in children, pregnant women, HIV-patients and so much more.
Around 20 speakers presenting for different ORCHESTRA partners provided information on achievements, work-in-progress and scientific goals during this three-hours-meeting with 120 participants. In despite of the vastness of the program – it could only provide an idea of the great amount of work being achieved throughout one entire year.
The past year – creating a network from scratch – has brought up many challenges. Not only have the partners worked on their own research tasks but also spent a great amount of time and effort on making the collaboration within ORCHESTRA work: creating ORCHESTRA wide standards suitable for international collaboration, harmonising data and finding research responses to the changes in the course of the pandemic – just to name a few.