Our flagship Genetics Matters event was a success again! Part of the International Rare Disease Day, Genetics Matters is a public and patient engagement day that showcases genetic research in the North East. Packed with hands on experiments, presentations of cutting edge research and patient led sessions, it is a popular event that attracts 100-150 participants annually. Thank you all for participating, we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!
For more information, videos, photos and feedback from the event, please click here.
Whickham School Inspiration Evening 15th January 2018
The IGM was invited by the Wickham School to present genetic research at their Inspiration Evening organised for Year 10 and 11 students and their parents. The Evening was intended to offer the opportunity for students to hear from leading businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs creatives and innovators about their chosen careers, vocations and occupations and offer a real world view of life after school and career pathways we can inspire young minds, challenge perceptions, open up a world of opportunity and help them to make informed post 16 choices.
On the 7th of December we were visited by 20 students from Jarrow School who had a look at the research and the labs, chatted with our scientists and attended the Christmas lecture at the Centre for Life.
The IGM in collaboration with Findacure hosted the first Newcastle Rare Disease Showcase, aimed at scientists, clinical researchers and doctors working with rare conditions and interested in forming new collaborations and discussing drug screening and repurposing for rare diseases. For more information, please click here
Dr Lynsey Hall from the IGM was explaining genetics the fun way at the monthly SciBar organised by the British Science Association.
Images explaining IGM research have been selected from a panel submitted by the IGM scientists and turned into lightbox art to decorate the IGM West Wing reception. For details and to see the images, please click here
7th July 2017 – BHF Supporters Day NE
The Cardiovascular Research Centre helped organise the annual British Heart Foundation Supporters DayThe BHF supporters day, organised for local heart patients and their families. The day was held at the International Centre for Life and included tours around the cardiovascular labs at IGM to highlight our research.
19-23rd June 2017 – John Walton Centre Student Work Experience Week
John Walton Centre at the IGM held an experience week for year 11-13 students, consisting of an introduction to biomedical research, an opportunity to talk to young and senior scientists, the chance to shadow post-doctoral and PhD students along with the observation of various experiments and lab work, all overseen by one central supervisor.
Dr Dorota Badowska from the John Walton Centre at the IGM talked about studying mental illness using mouse models at the monthly SciBar organised by the British Science Association.
The Pint of Science is an annual festival that delivers interesting talks on the latest science research in an accessible format – mainly across bars and pubs, providing a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out and no prior knowledge of the subject. The main festival takes place annually over 3 days in the month of May and simultaneously in hundreds of venues across the world, including the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, USA, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Austria and South Africa. One of the themes in 2017 was “Our bodies” and the IGM researchers (including our director!) came to a local pub to present their projects and chat with anyone who fancied to find out more about their research to over a pint.
1st May 2017 – Bridging the Gap between Curriculum and Careers Business Breakfast
Dame Allan’s Schools in Newcastle hosted a business breakfast event in partnership with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership across the region for schools and employers to look at GATSBY Benchmark 4, ‘Bridging the Gap between Curriculum and Careers.’ The event took place ahead of National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March 2017) with the purpose to link schools, employers, higher education representatives and local enterprise work together to benefit students of the North East and to develop subject related careers ideas/links/resources that can be used back in schools/colleges during National Careers Week and beyond. IGM Public Engagement Committee was invited to inform on the subject of Biology.
25th April 2017 – Bill Quay Primary School visit
In April we had a visit from 30 children from year 5 (age 9-10) from Bill Quay Primary School in Gateshead. The children got a full tour of the Institute, took part in an informal “questions and answers” session about genetics (with prof Michael Briggs and Dr Kasia Piróg) and participated in some exciting hands on experiments. We all enjoyed a fun morning of science and experiments!
3rd Genetics Matters, our flagship event emphasising the importance of rare disease research and the streghts of the North East genetics this year had >80 visitors and patient organisations from all over the UK, giving the memebrs of the public an opportunity to chat with the scientists, perform hands-on scientific experiments, hear the real stories of life with rare genetic diseases and find out how they can help advance research into some of these debilitating conditions. We also held a writing competition for local schools int eh North East around the theme of “Genetics”.
14th February 2017 – We love STEM
Dr Michele Giunta, Dr Juliane Mueller and Prof Rita Horvath participated in the ‘We Love STEM’ event organised on the 14th of February at the Newcastle High School for Girls. The exhibition showcased some of the work that the girls were doing in STEM. STEM experts (computer science, engineering, chemistry, biology, physics) from Newcastle and Northumbria University and North East businesses were also invited to present their work. The IGM team showed their zebrafish research and talked about the cutting edge mitochondrial research done at Newcastle.
6th October 2016 – Dame Allan’s Schools biennial Higher Education & Careers Convention
Dame Allan’s Schools holds a biennial Higher Education & Careers Convention and invite presenters, employers, and universities to inspire and inform their students as they make plans for their future. We were there on the 6th of October, chatting about genetic research and academic life and inspiring the young minds.
September 2016 – Animals Inside Out: Bodyworlds at Centre for Life
In September we presented a “Meet the scientist” table at Centre for Life every weekend, to accompany the amazing “Animals Inside Out: Bodyworlds” exhibition. Our scientists were chatting with the visitors about evolution, the amazing research done at the IGM and the beauty and complexity of animal anatomy. For more details click here.
In July 2016 we hosted our popular Open Day for A-level students, a fun day of hands on science, presentations, lively debates and information sessions about life at the University and careers in science.
6th June 2016 – RPFB Patient Information Day
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) Fighting Blindness charity organisation and the Institute of Genetic Medicine organed a free patient information day at the IGM on the 6th of June 2016.
Prof Che Connon (IGM) talked about his research at the next edition of Newcastle SciBar at the Old George pub (NE1 1EZ).
Michele Giunta, a PhD student from the IGM and a Marie Curie fellows co-organised a dissemination event addressed to students of the secondary school “I.S.I.S.S. ‘CANTONI’” in order to share experiences, opportunities and knowledge around mitochondrial diseases. The event was held in Treviglio (Italy) on 9th of April 2016, and was included in the MEETers’ activities funded by European Commission in order to spread information about mitochondrial diseases and novel treatment avenues.
DrJohn Sayer from the IGM was involved in organising the 3rd Kidney Research funded patient inofrmation day around cystinuria, which was held at the Freeman Hospital.
On the 27th of February 2016 we held our popular “Genetics Matters” event at the International Centre for Life, as part of the international Rare Disease Day. The day included presentations form the leading Newcastle University scientists and patient organisations as well as meet the scientist tables, giving the participants a chance to chat about rare diseases and hear about the exciting state of the art research at Newcastle University.
Juliane Mueller and Michele Giunta from the IGM took part in the Halloween Late at Life this year (http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/halloween-late#.VafRLPkz6VA) and presented an exciting table entitled ‘Zombie, vampire and vlad tepes: how zebrafish mutants help us to understand the human body and diseases’.
On Wed 15th of July we hosted our popular lower 6th form Open Day, inviting 50 participants from 8 schools across the North East to discuss and showcase genetic research at Newcastle and raise awareness of the importance of rare disease research.
27th March 2015 – ‘Participants not subjects – engaging patients and families in paediatric clinical research’ workshop
On Fri 27th of March the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre at Newcastle organised a workshop entitled ‘Participants not subjects – engaging patients and families in paediatric clinical research’.
Dr John Sayer form the Institute of genetic Medicine organised a Public Engagement workshop to explain the progress in research, diagnosis and clinical intervention Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease.
On 27th of February we organised a workshop for the public, showcasing the work done at the IGM as part of the Rare Disease Day and explaining why genetic research and research into the rare diseases are of high importance in our society.
Prof Michael Briggs and Dr Michael Wright from the IGM helped sponsor and organise the 1st Newcastle Achondroplasia Symposium on 21-22 September, which saw members of The Restricted Growth Association, Child Growth Foundation, The Dwarf Sports Association, The Little People of Ireland, Little People UK and Short Stature Scotland come together and agree to support clinicians who wish to improve the quality of healthcare services available to all people of restricted growth in the UK and Ireland.
Scientists from the Institute of Genetic Medicine hosted a series of exciting “Meet the Scientist” events at the world famous Body Worlds Vital exhibition at Centre for Life this autumn.
Hundreds of people all over the country were moving an extra special mile between 23 and 31 August to raise funds for vital research and support for families affected by muscle-wasting conditions. To join the exciting initiative, the IGM organised a Charity Sports Day to be held from 11:30am on Friday 29thAugust in Times Square, Centre for Life.
Centre for Life have kindly provided some training for us prior to the “Meet the Scientist” event at the Body Worlds Vital exhibition in September.
An Open Day at the Institute of Genetic Medicine, specifically targeted at A-level students considering a career in science
IGM scientists took part in the Arthritis Awareness Day at the Baddiley-Clark building at Newcastle University on Thursday 26th June 2014. The day was aimed primarily at patients and members of the public, in order to raise awareness of arthritis and musculoskeletal research at Newcastle University amongst the patient groups in the North East and to facilitate the engagement and involvement of patients in the future research activities and projects.
A unique event bringing together leading European and British experts on Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) and providing an opportunity for patients with TED, their families and carers, members of the public and pupils to meet European and UK experts to find out about the latest advances and together be involved in discussions about the priorities of future research into TED.
Dr Chiara Marini Bettolo from the IGM was involved in the first Genomics England meeting held in Newcastle on the 16th of May 2014.
A STEM careers workshop aimed at year 10 and year 7 students.
SYBIL EU-FP7 consortium members at the IGM embarked on a fun tour of Newcastle to raise awareness of rare disease research.
An event at Gosforth Beaver Scouts, as part of the Science Badge, showcasing the science done at the IGM and showing the young Beavers that science is fun!
An event exploring the opportunities for researchers that include national competitions, prestigious prize lectures and paid opportunities to work with undergraduates developing their public engagement.
Biomedicine workshop at the STEM careers event at Gateshead College, aimed at level 3 A-level students.
A Tyne and Wear based networking event, providing an opportunity for people from all 4 disciplines (Medicine, Health, Arts and Humanities) from an education, research or creative practice background to come together in a room to share ideas, make contacts and promote collaboration.
The Young Science Writing Competition centred around the theme of DNA was hosted by the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University as part of the British Science Festival 2013. We received hundreds of excellent entries ranging in style from science fiction to scientific journalism in three age categories from schools across the Tyne and Wear area.
The IGM Public Engagement Committee, together with the Centre for Life and the NHS Fertility Clinic hosted the free site tours, offering a unique glimpse behind the scenes of the Centre for Life research labs and facilities as part of the British Science Festival 2013. The tours took place on 7th and 8th of September and included a chance to meet some of the people working at Life on the ground-breaking research.
Europe’s largest and longest running science event organised by the British Science Association, the Festival was hosted by Newcastle University, in association with Northumbria University and Newcastle City Council.
Second meeting of the SciTalk project.
The Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts started an exciting project connecting scientists with writers and providing them with information and inspiration to incorporate science ideas into their fiction, scripts or poetry.
On 26th of March 2013, a group of 1st year Geography students from University of London visited Newcastle to consider the city’s investment in the life sciences, and in particular looking at Newcastle as a Science City and the impact of it on local communities.
On 5th December 2012 we hosted an open day for A-level students from the schools around the North East. We invited 80 A-level students from 8 schools to have a look around the labs, learn a few techniques, hear exciting talks about the current research at the IGM and participate in the ethical debate about animal use in science, which was all very well received.