Saturday 13th October 2018 saw the seventh Big Biology Day (BBD) in Cambridge and this year the BTRU team was delighted to be part of it all. Our home for the day was Hills Road Sixth Form College, which opened its doors and invited anyone with an interest in all things biology to come along and find out more. Over 2,100 visitors took up that invitation, making BBD 2018 the biggest yet and creating a real buzz from the beginning of the day to the end.
We had the chance to chat with lots of visitors about organ donation and transplantation and to show them some of our research in action, including our kidney perfusion machine complete with Play-Doh kidney, which was a big hit. Visitors also had the chance to get hands-on, learning some basic anatomy with our model torso, handling a range of surgical instruments and trying their hand at surgery on our laparoscopic simulator. They also got to test their own knowledge with our organ donation and transplantation quiz.
There was so much genuine interest in what we do and why we do it, which makes going out and about with our research so worthwhile. Hopefully we’ve raised awareness of organ donation and transplantation in general and of the BTRU in particular, as well as inspiring some young scientists and surgeons of the future.