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The MRC Festival of Medical Research 2016

23 Jun 2016

The first MRC Festival of Medical Research took place from 18 to 26 June with events running up and down the country. 

This video gives a sneak peek at the MRC Harwell family open day where people could extract genetic data from a strawberry, crystallise a protein and learn all about 3D bio printing.

Credit: Paul Browne

In Cambridge, the MRC Epidemiology Unit hosted the panel discussion above to explore the findings of The Fenland Study. The Fenland Study looks at how environmental and genetic factors interact and how these relate to conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes. Over 220 study volunteers came to this lively panel discussion in Cambridge to quiz the researchers.

Watch the video to see the scientists from the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit and the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the University of Oxford who have been to show people how the immune system fights cancer through a series of interactive activities… and chocolate!

Credit: Mary-Clare Cathcart​

Researchers at the MRC Cancer Unit used this rather handsome chap pictured above to demonstrate the cytosponge – a new diagnostic tool to help diagnose Barrett's oesophagus. Patients with Barrett's are at an increased risk for the development of oesophageal cancer and the cytosponge avoids the need for an endoscopy, which is uncomfortable for patients.

Credit: Donald Davidson

The team from the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research has been trying out their new teaching resource and card game called Supercytes in local schools. The game teaches kids about immunology and its clinical application in treating diseases. It’s still being perfected for wider release later in the year, but these kids let out a loud cheer when they heard they could keep the cards!

Credit: Mikaela Bartlett

The MRC Clinical Trials Unit ran this colourful workshop with patient groups to explore how we can get faster trial results with new methodology. 

Credit: Elizabeth Hayes

Emily Amezdroz and Mary Brian took part in the #no2dirtyair selfie campaign from Client Earth whilst manning the MRC freebie stall at the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health Question Time event. The event was open to the public and gave people the chance to ask their questions to a panel of experts.

You can see more videos from the festival on our youtube playlist and check out the highlights on the Twitter hash tag #mrcfestival


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