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Researchers inspire young scientists at Technopop

Researchers from our NIHR cardiovascular biomedical research unit took part in Technopop, a pop-up Science, Technology and Innovation Festival aimed at 6 to 19 year olds.  This four week programme of events was held at a venue neighbouring the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and included a technology exhibition alongside educational workshops.

During the final week, the event focused on sports science and the human body. Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, consultant cardiologist and Dr Jennifer Keegan, principal physicist, were involved in the inspiring role model sessions with small groups of young people exploring future careers.

Sonya and Jenny discussed what influenced their career choices and their different roles in patient care. Visitors were able to explore how a desire to make a difference to the health of people can follow two different paths – Sonya‘s work as a congenital heart specialist involves both research and direct patient care; Jenny uses her expertise as a physicist to improve how we image the heart using 

cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging.

Dr Keegan said: “It’s important that people are aware of wide range of careers in health – clinical work isn’t for everyone. Finding out about medical physics 

whilst in school opened my eyes to the opportunity to make a difference to patient care through physics. I’m always happy to talk to young people considering 

their future careers.”

Heart researcher, Dr Sanjay Prasad talks to visitors at Technopop
Technopop is a science and technology event aimed at 6 - 19 year olds and families. Dr Sanjay Prasad discussed exercise and the heart with young visitors at this event
Technopop banner for public engagement event

 Dr Sanjay Prasad, consultant cardiologist gave a talk to a group of visitors who were interested to find out how the heart works and the effect of exercise on the heart. Given the proximity of Technopop to the 2012 Olympics Park and future site of West Ham United, Sanjay also discussed why cardiac screening is important in elite sports people to distinguish between normal heart enlargement due to exercise and enlargement caused by disease.



November 2014

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