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Manchester Science Spectacular - 2012

On Saturday 27 October 2012, seven Fellows (Dr Amy Foulkes, Dr John Reynolds, Dr Richard Kia, Dr Stephen McWilliam, Dr Sarah Skeoch, Dr Vincent Yip and Dr Lauren Walker) from the North West England MRC Scheme in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics took part in the University of Manchester’s ‘Science Spectacular’, part of the Manchester Science Festival 2012.

At the event, which attracts approximately 2000 members of the public, the Fellows ran an activity stand called ‘Marvellous Medicine’ which sought to give young children an insight into some of the weird and wonderful things from which medicines can be derived. Children had to work out which medicine came from which strange ingredient, a puzzle many parents enjoyed as much as their children. Children were also invited to dress up and ‘Be the Doctor’ to help them understand how different medicines are used to treat a variety of problems, and the many different ways in which they can be administered to patients.

Approximately 75 children (and many parents) took part in the Marvellous Medicine activities during the four hours of the event. Several secondary school pupils also took the opportunity to speak to the Fellows about careers in medicine and pharmacology. The event was a great success and the Fellows who took part are keen to do it all again next year!