Trust research celebrated by visitors and researchers at open day
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust opened its doors to visitors for its sixth annual heart and lung research open day on 15 July. Over 100 people took part, including students from schools and colleges, family members, patients, Trust researchers and academic partners from Imperial College London.
The event was held at Royal Brompton Hospital as part of a programme celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National Institute for Health Research, the research arm of the NHS which helps fund our research. Members of the public were able to see some of the groundbreaking research carried out at the hospital during this fun and informative day.
Event attendees try their hand at using a catheter with a model heart
Visitors tried their hand at navigating a simulated heart to fix a heart rhythm, found out what 3D printing tells us about lungs and explored the role genes play in heart and lung health while extracting DNA from strawberries.
They discovered some of the latest heart and lung research going on at the Trust through the 16 interactive demonstrations and by talking to clinical researchers and scientists about their work. The day also included round-table talks with experts and included discussions on the role of stem cells and artificial intelligence may play in heart health.
David Lillicrap, a patient at Royal Brompton Hospital who attended the event said: "“I thought that the subjects spanned were excellent and opened my eyes to the breadth of research that goes on at the Hospital.”
An event attendee with a model heart made by a 3D printer
Visitors also found out about the research studies that hundreds of patients and healthy volunteers participate in each year at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, with its university partner, Imperial College London, and see how this research leads to significant medical breakthroughs and the development of new treatments.