"It has never been more important to explain to members of the public the purpose and goals of our research and receive feedback from the local community" - Professor Hans Stauss, director of UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation.
The UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation at the Royal Free Hospital opened its doors on 27th June for the general public to meet the scientist and clinicians, to talk and discuss the cutting edge research and pioneering therapies ongoing at the institute. They also offered a tour of the facilities without forgetting the very important cakes.
|A beautiful image of a T-Cell interacting with an APC|
There were talks from world class researchers and clinicians about their ongoing work on cancer, HIV, diabetes and transplantation as well as the therapies currently in clinical trials. The day was very interactive with breaks in-between talks to visit poster boards, watch 3D organs being made, live images of cells battling the immune system, interactive competitions and hands on fun, as well as a 60seconds HIV test.
As a public engagement Ambassador, I was impressed with the setup of the day and was highly fascinated by the level of research and progress made at the institute.
A picture speaks a thousand words and videos…… I guess sums it all. So below are short clips and images from the day.
Then I thought I'll be a guinea pig and get HIV tested in Public. The institute have a vaccine that's completed phase 1 trials. Looking promising.
And we had fun making virusus, This is a good hands on resource for schools and science fairs
Pipetting Competition. All about efficiency, accuracy and preciscion. Yep I've got the best technique. Didnt catch the winning board at the end though!