Research open day draws the crowds 

01/07/2015 00:00 
Clinicians, scientists and researchers showcased the latest technology and techniques to tackle conditions such as cancer, dementia and arthritis at a research open day hosted by UCLH.

The annual event at University College Hospital attracted hundreds of visitors, including 60 local secondary school students.

The 40 interactive displays included a cochlear implant simulator, surgical techniques to treat unborn babies and exciting updates on research trials including gene and T-Cell therapy.

UCLH Director of Research Professor Bryan Williams said:  "Patients and the public are at the heart of what we do, from helping shape the questions we ask, to participating in trials. The open day was an exciting way of sharing our work and saying thank you to them also for their support.”

The adult rheumatology exhibition was awarded the prize for the best research stand. The stroke stand (runners up) offered blood pressure tests and invited visitors to take part in a chocolate 'trial' to explain the concept of randomisation.

Dr Coziana Ciurtin, who led the adult rheumatology exhibition, said: “The research open day was a fantastic opportunity to engage with the public and get them interested in what we do as a research team."

Renuka Erande, lead research practitioner for the stroke research team, said it helped raise awareness. " Without our patients, there is no research”.

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