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Dr Sally-Ann Clark explains how the Flow Cymotery Facility supports researchers at the MRC WIMM

Teachers engage with the latest biomedical research - 2017

On 14 November, researchers at the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the University of Oxford, part of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM),  joined forces with STEM Learning to engage secondary school teachers with the latest scientific advancements, an initiative that aims to enable teachers to enrich their delivery of the science curriculum.

The teachers attended a series of talks and received tours of the institute’s super-resolution imaging and flow cytometry facilities. After taking part in an interactive activity, on the challenges faced by global health policy makers in tackling childhood anaemia, the participants had the chance to reflect on the day and discuss how the topics covered could be incorporated into their teaching syllabuses.

The impact of the course in the classroom is already being felt; some of the teachers commented on their surprise that new super-resolution techniques are allowing light microscopy to be used to examine very detailed structures within cells, a capability that they thought was still restricted to electron microscopy. One of the teachers, Hannah Smart, said: “In the space of one week I have already used what I learnt in the course. For example, in revision with my Year 10 groups, we have done comparisons of the advantages and disadvantages of electron and light microscopes.”

For more information, please visit the WIMM website.