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In pictures: the MRC Centenary Festival

by Guest Author on 25 Jun 2013

Last weekend we kicked off our Centenary Open Week with a festival at London’s Science Museum. Scientists from 10 MRC-funded units and centres took part in ‘Life: A healthy game of chance and choice’, an activity taking visitors through MRC research related to healthy lives. Here’s Stacy-Ann Ashley with a photo round-up.

(Image copyright: Science Museum/Jennie Hills)

Over the weekend more than 1000 visitors took part in the festival, each making their own pal. The outbreak of festival ‘pal flu’ was tracked throughout the weekend and helped explain the percentage of people that needs to be vaccinated to ensure the population as a whole is immune, a concept called ‘herd immunity’. The animation below illustrates how the pal flu spread, with each red dot representing an infected pal.


Stacy-Ann Ashley

Life: A healthy game of chance and choice was developed by the Medical Research Council, the Science Museum and NonZeroOne as part of the MRC Centenary celebrations.

MRC researchers included those from: the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre;the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology; the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow (DASH); the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection; the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling; the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment & Health; the MRC and Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma; the MRC Centre for Transplantation; the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing; and the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology.

Centenary Open Week runs from 20–27 June. More information can be found on our Centenary website.


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