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Superbugs, stem cells and more at University of Warwick’s showcase of science

  • New programme of public events up to July 2020 focusing on biological and medical science
  • Science on the Hill showcases cutting-edge research from School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School, based at Gibbet Hill campus
  • Subjects include antimicrobial resistance, biological clocks, the possibilities of stem cells, DNA editing and the journey of lab discoveries to real world application
  • All events are free and open to the public, book via: www.warwick.ac.uk/scienceonthehill

Whether you are fascinated by superbugs, stem cells, or circadian rhythms, a new programme of events from the University of Warwick will give you the ideal vantage point on biological and medical science.

'Science on the Hill' is a new programme of public engagement events jointly hosted by the University’s School of Life Sciences and the Wellcome-Warwick Quantiative Biomedicine Programme at Warwick Medical School. These interactive two hour events taking place across the academic year will feature 20 researchers giving a birds-eye view of the latest exciting developments in their discipline.

Five free public events that will showcase the cutting-edge research being performed at the Gibbet Hill campus into the building blocks of life, futures in medicine and the factors that define our health are scheduled up to July 2020:

  • ‘The Rise of the Superbugs: Will your next infection kill you?’ on 10 December 2019. In this session, we will discuss the causes of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the prevalence of AMR in the hospital, the community and the environment, and some novel solutions to tackle the problem.
  • ‘All about (biological) time’ on 4 February 2020. Investigates the effects of circadian biology (the roughly 24 hour cycle that governs physiological processes of living beings).
  • ‘The wonders of stem cells’ on 10 March 2020. Come join us for an evening focusing on developmental biology and stem cells, and learn how our scientists are using new technologies and approaches to understand and improve health.
  • ‘An evening of Synthetic Biology’ on 19 May 2020. We invite you to join us for an evening all about SynBio where you will discover how our scientists are using DNA editing tools which will ultimately help improve healthcare, agriculture and more.
  • ‘From Lab to Application’ on 23 June 2020. This event will show how the work of different academics at Warwick has made the long and sometimes tortuous journey from being a gleam in a researcher’s eye to being developed to address real problems in the real world.

All events take place from 6pm on Tuesday evenings in the School of Life Sciences atrium on the Gibbet Hill campus. Attendance is free and open to all, but places must be booked via the Science on the Hill website: www.warwick.ac.uk/scienceonthehill

Professor Nicholas Dale from the School of Life Sciences said: “Telling the local community about the research we do is very important. This is the 4th year that we have been running public science evenings at the University’s Gibbet Hill campus, and developing these as Science on the Hill, a new joint venture between the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School, will extend their appeal to audiences who are keen to learn about our exciting research and how it can impact on the real world.”

Professor Andrew McAinsh from Warwick Medical School said: “Science on the Hill is a wonderful opportunity for the local community to learn more about cutting-edge science and engage with experts that are right on their doorstep. We look forward to welcoming anyone with an interest in science and medicine to our Gibbet Hill campus."

Ends

6 December 2019

For further information contact:

Peter Thorley
Media Relations Manager (Warwick Medical School and Department of Physics)

Email: peter.thorley@warwick.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)24 761 50868

Mob: +44 (0) 7824 540863