Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Showcase Open Day, 20th May 2014
Commonwealth Athlete Somto Eruchie was the guest of honour at this event and he spent the day giving advice on how to get the body and health of an athlete. This was day brilliant for adults who also had the chance to talk with doctors, scientists and nurses about cinical trials we are running, cutting edge scientific news and liver disease. There was a £100,000 machine on show which is part of a trial to prolong the life of livers awaiting transplant into a patient. Visitors also had the chance to particiate in some interesting activities which resulted in few raised eyebrows and visitor exclaimations of "oh my goodness, I really need to rethink how much I eat!"
Haemochromatosis Enlightenment - 27th March 2014
A representative of the Haemochromatosis West Midlands Support Group presented at the last Patient and Public Involvement meeting. Haemochromatosis can be a debilitating disease which impacts daily life, but support is available. To find out more see the Haemochromatosis WM Support Group website or email them at email@example.com.
Research Awareness Day - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham - 15th January 2014
into the causes of disease, new treatments and drugs is what everyone wants to hear about, particularly if they suffer with a particular disease. Researchers (scientists!) and nurses from the University of Birmingham had a research awareness stand in the foyer of the wonderful new Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) recently to highlight the research they are doing, the clinical trials they run and the progress being made.
The focus of this event was Liver Disease, particularly NAFLD, which is a form of liver disease that is consistently on the increase in the UK and can be caused by obesity. See the QEH's own write up on this event! Also see Liver Focus issue 3 for more information (above).
31st October 2013 - Meet the Scientist at Thinktank, Millennium Point, Birmingham
Scientists, nurses and doctors from the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital descending on Birmingham's Thinktank at Millenium Point
for one day only. With particular focus on how viruses work and the how the liver functions, there were loads of hands-on activities! Children took part in fun, educational and safe experiments run by qualified scientists and nurses.
A Virus in My Liver: Royal Society Summer Exhibition, 2nd-7th July 2013
The prestigious Royal Society in London was where Dr Zania Stamatakispent time presenting to children, teenagers and adults of all ages about the liver: how it keeps you alive, how it filters blood, how it can heal itself (!), and how viruses 'use' the liver. You can view one of Dr Zania Stamataki's talks by visiting the Royal Society website.
University of Birmingham Community Day, 9th June 2013
On a blisteringly hot day the campus at the University of Birmingham was full of the sounds of children as local families poured on site. Year upon year this event gets bigger and better with an estimated 12,000 people attending this FREE day out.
The Centre for Liver Reserch stand was in the spectacular and grandiose setting of the Great Hall. Visitors from young children to adults took part in some fabulous new experiments designed by our scientists, and learnt why the liver is so vitally important to body health and that liver disease has many causes - it's not just alcohol!
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Showcase Day, 20th May 2013
The new Queen Elizabeth Hospital held its annual Showcase event on the 20thMay highlighting some of the innovative and revolutionary research being undertaken, much of it in collaboration with the University of Birmingham. There were 33 different exhibition stands with some very amusing - and some very gory - activities.
Patients, families, students from local colleges and general members of the public were learning about body health and research in a fun and very uncomplicated way. The enthusiastic exhibitors, stacks of information, and of course freebies all helped make the event the most successful Showcase yet.
Prizes were awarded to the top three most unique and interesting stands and the Centre for Liver Research was awarded third place – which was a great achievement considering the outstanding interactive exhibits and activities.
Meet the Liver Scientist at Birmingham's Thinktank, 22nd October 2012
Crazy Experiments and Gooey Madness: Science is FUN!
That was the message scientists and nurses from the NIHR Birmingham Liver BRU and Centre for Liver Research were passing on at Birmingham’s Thinktank museum. The team are passionate about showing that science is fun and their enthusiasm was very infectious. Hundreds of children had the opportunity to dress up like a scientist and take part in real experiments. They learnt how the liver works and why we need it, felt a mock scarred (cirrhotic) liver, participated in games, made badges and asked questions to doctors, nurses or scientists.
Adults took part in games that highlighted the hidden calories in drinks from coffee shops – even the so-called ‘low fat’ options! They also had the opportunity to show how well they know their alcohol by measuring a unit of wine, beer and spirits. Unsurprisingly,
most over-estimated a unit and poured twice the actual amount!
L-R: Children guessing where body organs live, and visitors undertaking REAL laboratory experiments!
Seminar on Liver Research and Trials, 20th September 2012
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) are the research side of the NHS, it funds many initiatives throughout the UK and is driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients. The NIHR Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit hosted a free seminar on the 20th September 2012 focussing on some current studies funded by the NIHR. If you missed this seminar and would us to host another, then please let us know. You can still view a summary of the talks* in a PDF document. Academics (researchers), clinicians (medical doctors) and members of the publicattended and talks were suitable for all levels of knowledge. The presentations on current clinical trials were fascinating and a great deal of questions and interest were raised by members of the public who were present.
University of Birmingham’s FREE Community Day, 10th June 2012
Each year the University welcomes everyone from the local community to visit our campus and find out what we do, as well as take part in some fun activities. Outside there were bungee robes, a myriad of giant inflatables, mini golf course, helter skelter, rock climbing wall and fairground stands.
Inside the Aston Webb Great Hall, our liver stand had lots of hands-on, gooey and interesting science activities to fascinate, captivate and stimulate brains of all ages, and which showed the diverse range of liver research undertaken at the University. T here were also informal discussion sessions on ethics and the role of stem cells, presented by Prof Jon Frampton and Dr Phil Newsome.
Research Open Day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 9th March 2012
The NIHR BirminghamLiver BRU and Centre for Liver Research once again took part in this popular annual event. Many visitors came and tried our 'guess the units' game and learnt just how many calories there are in alcohol! Visitors also learnt more about our research.
Big Bang at the NEC, Birmingham, 17th March 2012
This event was aimed at children aged 5-18 years to show how exciting science and engineering can be. 29,000 children attended, many of whom were fuelled up on the free sweets being handed out. Our activities included an ‘I’m A Celebrity’ style box where children could blindly feel a normal liver compared to a cirrhotic liver (actually jelly filled with popcorn in!). Children learnt where organs live on our speical organ tunic, and found out learnt why Homer Simpson may have a liver problem!