MRC Festival of Medical Research 2016

MRC held its first Festival of Medical Research from 18-26 June 2016. The festival was an opportunity for MRC Centres, Units and Institutes across the country to showcase their research to the public, and our Centre organised two events.

We will also be taking part in the 2017 Festival, taking place 17 - 25 June 2017.

 

Environment and Health Question Time, Monday 20 June

Our first event was a Question Time-style panel discussion on the broad theme of "Environment and Health", held at King's College. There was a drinks reception beforehand, at which there were several displays on Centre research.

The panel is shown in the top photo below, are (l-r): 

  • David Pencheon - Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit
  • Caroline Russell – London Assembly Member and Councillor for Highbury East ward in Islington. Transport spokesperson for the Green Party
  • Frank Kelly - Chair of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, Professor of Environmental Health at King's College London
  • Chair - Sile Lane, Director of Campaigns and Policy at Sense About Science
  • Andrea Lee – Healthy Air Campaigner at Client Earth
  • Tony Halmos – Director of the King’s Commission on London and a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute at King’s.

There was a lively discussion, with many questions on topics including transport in London, the key areas in which to focus research, the importance of emerging technology, and how best to make air quality a health issue.

The photos are, clockwise from top: the panel; Will Mueller and Michael Mireku talking about the SCAMP and COSMOS studies; Emily Amezdroz and Mary Brian manning the MRC freebies stall.

 
 

 

Life Bank Science Exhibition, Friday 24 June

Our second event was an interactive science exhibition on Friday 24 June, held at St Thomas' Hospital from 6-8 pm. There were displays on a range of Centre research, including biostatistics, where you live, waste, noise, air pollution, the lung, electromagnetic fields and the exposome. Visitors were able to make their own microplastic-free cosmetics, test their lung function, try out some cognition tests and spin the air pollution prize wheel!

A short video of the event is available on the MRC YouTube channel, and a longer one will be available shortly.

Some photos from the event are shown below. They are, clockwise from top: Ian Mudway discussing lung function; Steph Wright making microplastic-free cosmetics, with Pippa Douglas in the background discussing bioaerosols; Gianluca Campanella giving an introduction to biostatistics;  Diana Silva talking about air pollution; and Qing Wang making exposome models.