Art of Science 2 – public engagement

On Friday 24th July we had the “meet the scientist” portion of the IACD imaging competition. In addition to the art display, we set up a light microscope with a bunch of cool/pretty/interesting histology slides from our research and had a monitor hooked up with a slide show of videos and other still from the institute. With it manned in rotation by IACD staff and students

It was really effective, lots of members of the public stopped and chatted, admiring the “art” and finding out more about the science behind it. Below are some pics of Lee, Brian, Rachel, Steph and Valentina giving their spiel. We also got a 130 more paper votes for the favourite.

All in all a fun and

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IACD Art of Science Competition

Over the last few months Hannah Levis, Brian McDonagh, Stephen Beard and myself have been running an “Art of Science” scientific images competition with the staff and students of the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool.

It’s been fantastic, with uptake right across the breadth of institute – 49 pics coming from all the different areas including muscle, cornea, retina, nerves, lungs, heart, bone with images taken by indirect immunofluorescence, histology, atomic force microscopy, coherence tomography, segmentation analyses, angiography, fundus photography.

Today Brian and I installed the exhibit in the main reception at the Liverpool Royal Hospital. Almost instantly (as soon as about 2 pics were on the boards) people started stopping to investigate. I think it will have the desired effect of lots of public engagement

Check out the finalists here:

vote here

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I don’t want to influence the voting, but these pics  came from my lab…

They grow up so fast – #3 MRes edition

Time to say congrats and good job to another MRes student. Jessica Eyre has just finished her 10 weeks in the lab doing some really nice work on retinal pericytes and endothelial cells response to diabetic stresses. Loads of data, lots of fun and great for me to be involved in the early stages of a promising researcher’s career!

Quick update with some fantastic news; Jess is moving on from her MRes to study for a PhD with Dr Hannah Levis in our Dept.

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