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.”