As part of Blood Cancers awareness month in September, Sarah Pagan, Lab Manager in the Institute of Cellular Medicine, organised a public engagement event “Blood Matters” as part of the Faculty’s “Research & Innovation Matters” programme. The research open day was organised in collaboration with the local blood cancers charity Bright Red. The day was an opportunity for public and patients to learn about the latest cutting edge research taking place to help us better understand our blood and how this helps in the fight against blood cancers and blood disorders.
Professor Matthew Collin talked about his research in to bone marrow transplantation complications, Dr Tina Biss discussed her research into blood clots in children, and Dr Kate Musgrave talked about the research that she is doing in sepsis. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers. Several members of the research team showcased some of the work they are doing through interactive exhibits, which gave the audience the opportunity to look at blood cells under the microscope, see how we grow human bone marrow and learn about how we separate blood into its components for analysis.
The event was held in the Medical School and feedback from the event was positive with plans for a further event next year.
Watch the highlights of the day here: