Dr Lucia Piñón also delivered a lecture in a local college entitled ‘The Brain’, where a general overview of the anatomy of the brain was discussed as well as some of the neuroscience research she has been doing in the MRC Toxicology Unit.
Feedback indicates that has been well received (“it was so inspiring and made what our students learned in the class very relevant”).
Also on offer for National Science Week and on request are two practical sessions (Lab in a box). These are class experiments to;
1) measure rates of drug acetylation that is variable and genetically determined between individuals
2) measure paracetamol metabolism.
Lucia Pinon and Kate Dudek have offered work experience for GCSE level students from our local Colleges. The students spent one or two weeks in the Unit following scientists in their projects and performing for themselves simple projects that they subsequently presented in their schools. It has been a very interesting experience for the students where they have had an opportunity to mingle with and hear from scientists from different backgrounds. This has provided them with valuable life experience and helps them to make decisions for their own future careers. The feedback from the students has been very positive. We have had students every summer since 2007.
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