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Date: 20 October 2014

Time: 18:54

Photo: Manpreet at the Research Awareness Day

Research Awareness Day proves popular

Story posted/last updated: 24 January 2014

Members of the public were urged to find out more about taking part in medical research at the first in a series of regular awareness days held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).

A stand set up in the main entrance of the new hospital included hands-on games and interactive equipment to give visitors a flavour of the work being carried out across the Trust and University of Birmingham into liver disease and its treatment.

Those running the display included researchers, liver PhD students, nurses and support staff, who were able to discuss their involvement in research projects with people interested in finding out more about how they or their relatives could take part.

Organiser Donna Wiles, Projects and Communications Officer from the University’s School of Immunity & Infection and Centre for Liver Research (National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Birmingham Liver BRU), based at QEHB, said: “All of our staff found it a very worthwhile, interesting and fun to engage with the public to help promote our research. The feedback from visitors was really positive and we may even have found some new people for our Patient and Public Involvement Panel.”

Professor Phil Begg, Head of Academic Innovation, Research/Education at the Trust, said: “This was the first of our awareness stands and, judging by the response and interest from the public, it proves there is a real appetite for information about research, which ultimately improves patient treatment and outcomes.”

People stopping by the stand were able to look through a microscope to see slides of healthy and cirrhotic livers, ‘feel’ a liver to check for the effects of disease, measure their BMI and see if they could accurately judge a measure of alcohol.

To find out more about the Trust and University’s collaborative research and innovation, please visit the UHB research and innovation website.

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