This week is British Science Week – a ten day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. With events, exhibitions and lectures being held across the UK, British Science Week is an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of STEM subjects and highlight the important contribution they make to our daily lives.
Pathology is often referred to as the ‘science behind the cure’: a vital bridge between science and medicine which underpins nearly all aspects of patient care. Cutting-edge biomedical research is constantly advancing our understanding of the processes behind disease development, helping us to diagnose disease more accurately and treat patients more effectively.
HSL currently supports over 700 translational research projects – many of which are already having a direct impact on patient care. Our 4th Annual Research and Innovations Symposium showcased some of the exciting research conducted by scientists across HSL and our partner institutions. UCL, for example, is a leading centre for the study and development of immunotherapy – a revolutionary new treatment which enlists the help of the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. The full report from the symposium can be read here.
At HSL we are committed to supporting our staff in their professional development as well as promoting science among the wider community. For the past two years we have taken part in the London International Youth Science Forum, an annual enrichment programme for students aged 16 – 21 who are passionate about science and interested in pursuing a career in the field. We also run regular biomedical science open days as well as an MLA apprenticeship scheme, ideal for those who do not come from a scientific background but who are keen to experience what life in the laboratory has to offer.
A number of events are taking place up and down the country to celebrate British Science Week. Use Science Live to find out what’s happening near you, and follow the hashtag #BSW19 on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news.