Researchers from NIHR Royal Brompton Biomedical Research Units took part in the annual Imperial Festival held 5 - 7 May. This three-day event is dedicated to sharing the best science on offer at Imperial College London and its partner organisations. The festival attracted 15,000 visitors, including members of the public, staff and alumni. Another 30,000 people engaged with the festival on line through social media.
On Friday, Andrew Scott, senior physicist in the NIHR Royal Brompton Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (cBRU), and Zohya Khalique, cBRU clinical research fellow took part in a stand with 12 students from Chelsea Academy school.
Andy praised the students: "The Chelsea Academy students have excelled throughout project_D. They've experienced the full cycle of a research project, from applying to take part, the theory behind the work, basic science experiments in a lab, then using the MRI scanner to image a healthy volunteer. Their stand at the science festival was the final part of the project, communicating their science to a wider audience and I couldn't be more pleased with the way it went."
On Sunday, Mohamed Moghal and Uruj Hoda, clinical research fellows for sleep and asthma, along with staff from the respiratory BRU, led activities that included creating lung art and measuring lung function.
Uruji Hoda said: “It was my second time taking part in Imperial Festival and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only is it a great opportunity to interact with people from all sorts of backgrounds, but it has also shown me that I only truly know my own research when I can explain it easily to anyone, from a 5-year-old to a 55-year-old!"
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