Systems in the Community
14 July 2016
First year PhD students at the Systems Immunity URI host patient engagement focus day.
The day provided an opportunity for patients and members of the public to meet leading cancer researchers, and learn about the cutting-edge research conducted at Cardiff.
There was also an opportunity for patients to meet representatives from Cancer Research Wales, Cancer Research UK and Tenovus. The day involved a variety of talks from researchers, medical professionals and fundraisers, giving an interesting insight from each perspective. Informal discussions over lunch and refreshments and a series of laboratory tours helped put the day-to-day research in context.
The day was met with exceptional feedback, and attendees overwhelmingly found that the day “increased public involvement in science” and agreed that it was “good to see links between lab and patients”. The event was described as “well-organized with enthusiastic speakers” with “a variety of engaging talks, demos and stalls and a great turnout”. Many members of the public also showed a keen interest in attending a similar event, and urged that the event should “be repeated to raise further awareness”.