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17 March 2011
What can microscopic yeast cells teach us about cancer? Can we use tiny electrical currents generated in the brain to power nano-devices? How did a protein from a luminous jelly fish revolutionise the way we look into the working of living cells?
A-Level pupils from across Wales and the border counties had the opportunity to discover the answers to these questions and many more at the University’s annual Science in Health Live event (17 March).
More than 500 young people - including 40 from schools located in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Wales - gathered at the Heath Park campus for Science in Health Live.
The annual event, now in its 17th year, is designed to give pupils an insight into the science behind medicine, and see first hand the range of career options open to them in health, biomedical and scientific fields. Considerable efforts are made to ensure that pupils registered on the University’s "Step-Up to Health" scheme are able to attend.
The event included laboratory tours, interactive exhibition areas, stand-up science comedy and a series of talks on various topical medical issues. There will also be a range of cutting-edge technology on display, including imaging cameras that enable you to see chemical processes in live cells to revolutionary modelling software that aids drug design.
Katie Weeks, Science Policy Officer at the Welsh Assembly Government, also attended the event. Speaking afterwards, she said: "Science in Health Live is an excellent event. The science is quite complex and serious, however the event manages to deliver the messages in an interesting, accessible way to youngsters.
"This is a valuable event which is inspiring the next generation of scientists. It encourages them to take up science courses for future rewarding careers in science. It enabled the students to see that science can be found in many work environments; economics, business, NHS, academia and government."
Science in Health Live is organised by the University’s Public Understanding of Science in Health (PUSH) committee. Professor Anthony Campbell, Welsh School of Pharmacy and Chair of PUSH, said: "Our aim is to excite young people about the science at Cardiff University that is having a real impact on medical research and clinical practice.
"We are hoping that this event will allow pupils to discover how an amazing diversity of basic science, developed here at Cardiff, has led to discoveries about the mechanisms that cause diseases, and how these are being used to find new ways of preventing them , or to develop new treatments."
The event involves more 150 members of staff at all levels, from postgraduates to Professors, representing the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Healthcare, Dentistry and Optometry.
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