Discover world leading public health research taking place at Cambridge at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival! The festival will run from 9-22 Mar 2020, and bookings now open.
Every year, public health scientists from Cambridge join the Cambridge Science Festival to explain how their research tackles today’s big threats to public health.
The festival programme for 2020 features hundreds of mostly free talks, exhibitions and hands-on events – including many from our Cambridge Institute of Public Health and Network members.
This year’s public health events cover a huge range of subjects, here are some you might like to check out:
MILL LANE LECTURE ROOMS
8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX
EVERY DROP COUNTS: BLOOD DONORS OF THE FUTURE
What happens when you pair innovative research with NHS Blood and Transplant policy? Professor Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Director of the Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) in Donor Health and Genomics, Dr Lois Kim (Dept. of Public Health & Primary Care) and Nick Gleadall (Dept. of Haematology) talk about using blood samples given for research purposes to more efficiently recruit and retain blood donors; to better understand the effects on the body of frequent donation; and to more accurately identify blood type. Book now
6pm – 7pm, Thu 12 Mar
GLOBAL PROBLEMS, LOCAL SOLUTIONS: SHAPING HEALTHCARE ISSUES WITH EMERGING INNOVATIONS
Presented in partnership with Gates Cambridge
Gates Cambridge Scholars address key healthcare challenges in resource-limited settings, with a particular focus on emerging public health technologies and local innovations that may serve as templates for the rest of the world. Book now
7.30pm – 9pm, Tue 17 Mar
MORE THAN A BLOCKED PIPE: THE HARDENING OF ARTERIES AND THEIR ROLE IN STROKE AND HEART ATTACKS
Hardening of the arteries is a widespread condition that is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke. Despite the huge impact that hardened arteries have for human health, there are still no cures. Dr Nick Evans, Department of Medicine, and Professor Melinda Duer, Department of Chemistry, discuss their combined efforts to find better diagnoses and treatments. Book now
6pm – 7pm, Wed 18 Mar
HANDS-ON AT THE GUILDHALL
10AM – 5PM, SAT 14 MAR & NOON – 4PM, SUN 15 MAR, The Guildhall, Market Square, CB2 3QJ
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can affect anyone of any age. Meet researchers from Public Health England and learn more about the bacteria you can catch from rivers, such as leptospirosis, which can result in sepsis, and how the early signs may be recognised. Further information
BIOSTATISTICS CAN BE FUN!
Discover how the MRC Biostatistics Unit turn data into knowledge. Play our game of statistics, skill and luck, and find out if you are truly better at throwing than your friend, or are you just lucky? Tease your brain with our app-based probability puzzle, and find out how statisticians are able to understand the different elements of diseases to improve patient care. Further information
DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND METALLURGY
10AM – 4P, SAT 21 MAR, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road, CB3 0FS
THE FINE PRINT: TOWARDS WEARABLE ELECTRONICS
Electronics that adhere to the skin or within the body are highly desirable for health monitoring, medical treatment and biological studies. Find out about advances in additive manufacturing techniques, whereby functional nanomaterials are directly ‘printed’ to create devices for wearable electronics. Further information
10.30AM – 11.30AM
CANCER RESEARCH UK CAMBRIDGE INSTITUTE
11AM – 4.30PM, SUN 22 MAR, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, CB2 0RE
THE STORY OF HIV
Public Health England and partner organisations take you through the history of HIV in England and show how we’ve come so far in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people living with the illness. Today, people live a full life with a virus that was once thought of as a death sentence. Book now
3.15PM – 4.30PM
CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
11AM – 4PM & SUN 22 MAR Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, Robinson Way (close to the junction of Robinson Way and Long Road), CB2 0SZ
BUILDING A HEALTHIER CHILDHOOD FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Join scientists from the MRC Epidemiology Unit to explore how we can build healthier futures for our children by better understanding the world they live in. Further information
TAKING MEDICATION: LEARNING TO MANAGE YOUR MEDICATION WELL AND UNDERSTANDING HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU
Our family-friendly Festival helps to identify the reasons why some people are struggling to take their medications as prescribed, and what the Department of Public Health and Primary Care is doing to support them. Further information
Calling all heroes! Do you have what it takes to take on Mars? How about a room full of walkers? The Behaviour Change by Design Team from the Institute of Public Health have set you some missions: will you make the world a healthier place? Further information
CANCER: THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION
Find out about cutting-edge research at the MRC Cancer Unit and the Hutchison MRC Research Centre to see how we are trying to catch cancer early. Further information
THE ORIGINS OF CANCER: WHAT’S IN OUR GENES AND WHAT ISN’T?
Cancer will affect about one in three humans at some point in our lives. Professor Ashok Venkitaraman, MRC Cancer Unit, talks about how faults in certain genes can increase the risk that a person develops cancer, and what we are beginning to understand about how non-genetic factors can change this risk. Book now
To see a full list of events download the festival programme.