Young researchers in the spotlight – March 2018
We were once again delighted to be part of the ever-popular Cambridge Science Festival, doubling our efforts this year and putting the focus firmly on our young researchers.
On the second Thursday of the festival we gave a public lecture – ‘The future of organ transplantation: a young researcher’s perspective’. BTRU Director Mike Nicholson and Senior Research Associate Sarah Hosgood introduced two of their PhD students, Tom Adams and Jenna DiRito, to talk about their current research and their thoughts on likely future developments in organ transplantation.
Then on the last Sunday of the festival Tom, Jenna and Sarah were joined by research assistant Tom Moore and BTRU project manager Rachel Brown to host a hands-on session at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus Day. The day saw a wealth of organisations, companies and institutes coming together to give an insight into how life-changing research is developing new treatments and medicines to benefit society. 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 dough kidney! Visitors also had the chance to test their knowledge with our quiz and try their hand at surgery on our laparoscopic simulator. Hopefully our current trainees have inspired some young scientists and clinicians of the future.
Better organs, better outcomes – March 2017
Building on the success of our involvement in the science festival in 2016, BTRU researchers were once again involved in this exciting 14-day event. Unit Director Mike Nicholson and two of his team gave talks under the title ‘Better organs, better outcomes: what are the goals for current research in organ donation and transplantation?’, focusing on how their research might close the gap between between the number of patients waiting for a transplant and the number of organs available. Hosted in the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms during the first week of the festival, the session was very well attended and generated a range of diverse and thought-provoking questions. As reported in our News, we also received some wonderful feedback from the audience.
Following the launch of the BTRU late in 2015, our researchers were keen to spread the word about their work. The annual Cambridge Science Festival provided the perfect opportunity to do just that. In addition to giving several talks on organ transplantation in venues around the city, members of our research teams also ran a hugely popular interactive transplantation event. This involved members of the public enjoying a hands-on experience to find out where organs come from, how they are kept alive outside the body and how doctors prevent rejection after transplantation.