Researchers open doors to the public 

30/07/2014 00:00 
Hundreds of visitors turned out for a special exhibition of research this month at UCLH (University College London Hospital).

The ground floor atrium of the hospital on Euston Road was transformed into a giant laboratory filled with interactive stands, run by UCLH researchers, which displayed state-of-the-art technology, experiments and games.

The event gave members of the public the chance to talk to leading researchers and medical professionals, and explore the latest research tackling conditions including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia.

Almost 30 school children from local secondary schools attended and were able to go on a tour of the event and put their questions to researchers.

Prizes were awarded for the best research stand with the BRIGHTLIGHT exhibition – a study looking at cancer care received by young people aged 13-24 years at diagnosis – scooping first prize.

A stand which allowed visitors to try an endoscopy simulator run by Dr Stephen Pereira and his team took second prize.

The event received great feedback from attendees. Comments included that the open day was “such a good idea to introduce the lay person to science”; “really interesting” and “an amazing event”.

UCLH Director of Research Professor Bryan Williams said: “The research open day was a very special day and the energy and enthusiasm was amazing. Thank you to the patients and members of the public who played their part in making the event such a success and many thanks to all staff for their hard work and commitment.”

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