Joint Research Office


Research proves a hit as hundreds visit open day

29 August 2014

Hundreds of visitors turned out for a special exhibition of research this summer at UCLH.

The ground floor atrium was transformed into a giant laboratory full with interactive stands run by UCLH researchers which displayed state-of-the-art technology, experiments and games.

The event gave the public the chance to talk to leading researchers and medical professionals, and explore the latest research tackling conditions including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia.

Almost 30 school children from local secondary schools attended and were able to go on a tour of the event and ask researchers questions. 

There were prizes for the best research stand with the BRIGHTLIGHT exhibition - a study looking at cancer care received by young people aged 13-24 years at diagnosis - scooping first prize and a stand which allowed visitors to try an endoscopy simulator run by Dr Stephen Pereira and his team receiving second prize.

Some of the comments from attendees remarked the open day was "such a good idea to introduce the lay person to science"; "really interesting" and "an amazing event".

UCLH Director of Research Professor Bryan Williams said: "The research open day was a very special day and the energy and enthusiasm was amazing. Many thanks to all staff for their hard work and commitment - it was a wonderful success".