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Celebrating Biomedical Science at OUH

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Staff in the laboratories of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will celebrate all things biomedical science later this month to promote the positive work they do.

Representatives from different disciplines of the science will give talks and demonstrations to students and the public during a self-styled Biomedical Science Day on Thursday 20 September 2018.

The theme for the event is 'at the heart of healthcare'.

Simon Evans, Senior Biomedical Scientist in the Microbiology Department at the Trust, said: "The aim is to highlight how our profession produces the data on which doctors, consultants and surgeons base their diagnoses to plan a patient's treatment.

"We also want to engage with local students in the hope of producing future Biomedical Scientists."

The event, which will celebrate and promote the importance of laboratory science in healthcare, will showcase displays in the Academic Centre (between the Women's Centre and main hospital) on Level 3 of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

There will be displays and discussions from all Biomedical disciplines to promote the work the departments do, including a virtual reality immunology game, microscope slides of bacteria and tissue, and discussions on the varied work we do.

A number of secondary schools, including Lord Williams's School in Thame and Cherwell School in Oxford, have been allocated time slots to ask questions and see the work our scientists do. Members of staff and the public are welcome to join in the fun.

Oxford Brookes University will also be in attendance to advertise its Biomedical Science degree course.  

Biomedical Scientists focus on how cells, organs and systems function in the human body; a dynamic area that is highly relevant to the understanding and treatment of human diseases.

They diagnose diseases and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment by analysing fluids and tissue samples from patients.

In the UK, healthcare laboratories are involved in over 70 percent of diagnoses in the NHS, handling over 150 million samples every year.

The event will be held between 11.00am and 3.00pm on 20 September 2018.