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Science in Health gets to the heart of the matter

14 March 2008

Science in Health Live 2008

More than 500 A-Level students from 36 schools have been getting up close and personal with a beating heart today (Thursday 13 March 2008) as part of the University’s annual one-day Science in Health Live event.

One of 17 specially planned activities throughout the day, Year 12 pupils from across Wales and England visited Cardiff School of Medicine to take part in interactive clinical tours where they had the chance to observe a heart beating.

The students also saw the anatomy of a living heart, learnt how the heart can go wrong, how science is used to treat any abnormalities, and perform an echocardiogram.

Hosted by the School of Medicine and The Sir Geraint Evans Wales Heart Research Institute (WHRI), Science in Health Live is one of the highlights in the University’s 125th Anniversary public engagement calendar. It is also part of a University-wide series of public events to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week (March 7-16).

Now in its 15th year, Science in Health Live provides young people with the opportunity to find out the real science behind the medicine, and see first hand the study and career options open to them in health, biomedical and scientific fields.

This year’s showcase combined talks, exhibits and clinical case presentations on subjects as varied as microbes, physiotherapy, genetics, leukaemia, DNA and microscopy and students visited research laboratories within the School of Medicine.

James Matthews, Innovation & Engagement coordinator at the School of Medicine said: "The University is at the forefront of international medical research and education. This is a perfect opportunity for people thinking about a career in science or health to see just how many avenues are open to them. There is a serious job to be done in medical research but it can still be fun and intellectually challenging."

National Science and Engineering Week, which aims to promote science and engineering to young people is marked every year by the University. Just some of the questions posed by public events this year include whether Daleks, sonic screwdrivers and time travel can ever become reality? What impact will the Severn Barrage have? Could nanotechnology be a saviour or a destroyer?

For more information about National Science and Engineering Week and Science in Health Live visit