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'My Joints - in health and disease' - Public Engagement Event

Over 40 patients and public joined leading CIMA researchers and scientists at Newcastle University for a fascinating afternoon of talks, as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research. The event provided an opportunity for the public to learn about the cutting edge research taking place on arthritis, nutrition, exercise and diet.

Dr Fraser Birrell, CIMA Engagement lead, opened the day and encouraged all participants to ask questions to stimulate a lively discussion.

A series of interesting talks then followed by leading scientists. The talks were live streamed and filmed to enable a greater reach of the event.

Professor John Loughlin talked about experimental science to understand why our joints often go wrong.

Dr Tom Hill gave some prudent advice on calcium, vitamin D and diet for bone health:


Professor Emma Stevenson outlined the importance of maintaining muscle strength and function as we age: 

Dr Fraser Birrell talked about group consultations and the positive feedback that they have had so far:

Over a break participants had the opportunity to meet with the scientists before the final part of the afternoon commenced.

Scientists outlined their roles and research through a series of interesting talks:

Ioanna Pangou, CIMA Research Technician and PD for the Newcastle Bone and Joint Biobank:

Dr Kathleen Cheung, Experimental Scientific Officer (Bioinformatics), Newcastle University:

Dr Sarah Rice, Research Associate, Newcastle University:

Raul Fulea, Post graduate student, Newcastle University:  

Fraser then summarised the event and took a final few questions from the audience.  

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