NIHR GOSH BRC Family Fun Day
Last weekend, young people and families went behind the scenes of research at GOSH at the annual Family Fun Day, hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
Families and friends were about to explore science by getting hands-on with interactive activities, including a scientific treasure hunt, build-your-own bacteria stations and mock clinical trials involving taste-testing chocolate!
The event gave young people and their families the chance to watch science experiments in action, and show how researchers use 3D printers to create models of children’s hearts, helping cardiac surgeons prepare for operations.
Tours of the Cell and Gene Therapy labs were popular; meaning that children could see areas of the hospital that are usually invisible! Dressing up as scientists and helping with experiments inside the labs helped young people to learn how doctors and scientists find treatments for childhood conditions.
The NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is the only BRC in the UK dedicated to children’s health and is currently running 300 research projects focusing on some of the rarest childhood conditions in the world.