MRC Festival: Weds 21 June

On Wednesday 21 June five students from City Heights E-ACT Academy spent the day at the MRC Centre for Transplantation learning about the lifecycle of clinical trials as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research.

For a week every June, Medical Research Council (MRC) funded units, centres and institutes showcase and discuss their work through events and activities around the UK and beyond during the MRC Festival. This year's MRC Festival was between 17-25 June and the MRC Centre for Transplantation, part of the Division of Transplantation, Immunology and Mucosal Biology at King's College London, held their event on Wednesday 21 June.

13 schools in King's Widening Participation Network were invited to take part in a competition to win a VIP day at the MRC Centre for Transplantation. The competition asked students to answer the question “What is the lifecycle of a clinical trial - from idea to patient treatment?” in a 30 sec video, song, rap, poem, diagram or poster. The winning entries were a rap and poster from City Heights E-ACT Academy. Director of Science at City Heights E-ACT Academy, Lee Smith said the competition question covered the same Key Stage 4 content but with extra detail and some different terms, which reinforced students' learning.

When designing the MRC Festival event, our aims were to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of both medical research and clinical trials to society and to inspire a new generation of scientists. To achieve these aims, we divided the day into three:
- a morning spent in labs with post doc researchers learning about cutting edge cell and protein therapies in EMPIRIKAL and The One study clinical trials.
- a lunchtime speed dating session learning about the different careers and careers paths in science.
- an afternoon working with a designer and Kidney Patient Association representatives (KPA) to visualise the lifecycle of a clinical trial - from idea to patient treatment.

The MRC Festival 2017 was a very successful day with all the students agreeing that they would consider participating in a clinical trial in the future; the students valued the opportunity to meet patients who had participated in clinical trials. They loved the opportunity to speak to the post doc researchers and spending time in working labs “watching the blood get separated into the plasma, white blood cells and red blood cells.” Another highlight of the day was the speed dating as “It was really interesting to hear what they studied and how they go into science.”

The students from City Heights E-ACT Academy who took part in the MRC Festival are invited to the MRC Centre for Transplantation 10 year anniversary celebrations on Thursday 05 October. The visualisation of the lifecycle of clinical trials they created during the MRC Festival will form a centrepiece at this event.

Sustainable labs Silver Award

Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and Renal Sciences research groups awarded Silver as part of the sustainable laboratories programme at King's College.  
  
The Sustainable Labs Silver Award requires - among other things - excellent management and consolidation of cold storage facilities, shut down processes in place to ensure that all non-essential equipment is turned off, the sashes of fume cupboards are closed, equipment is well maintained, procurement of energy-efficient equipment, consolidation of purchasing and that waste streams have clear signage.  

Congratulations to Elina and Maz on creating a positive culture with respect to reducing environmental impacts, promoting lab efficiency and sharing best practice.

Goodall Memorial Lecture: A celebration of Lister, safer surgery and his legacy and what it means in current day practice and research.

Pankaj Chandak was invited to give the Goodall Memorial Lecture 2017 following a visit to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) in Glasgow to see the room where Lister first announced the antiseptic principal in the practice of surgery.  He started talking to the library and heritage office, Claire Harrison and six months later this led to an invite to give the Goodall Memorial Lecture.

The Goodall Memorial Lecture 2017 is part of the Goodall Symposium at the RCPS of Glasgow, which in turn is part of the Glasgow Science Festival.  The lecture celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lister's antiseptic paper in the Lancet:  A celebration of Lister, safer surgery and his legacy and what it means in current day practice and research.

NIHR Senior Investigator Award

Professor Iain Macdougall, Renal Consultant and Professor of Clinical Nephrology was successful in the latest round of NIHR Senior Investigator awards. There are currently only 200 such awards in the country across all medical specialties and these reflect not only a strong research track record, but also a strong impact of the research on current clinical practice and treatment guidelines. He was the only awardee in Nephrology in this latest round of awards. Professor Macdougall's area of research is the anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease, and he has led (and is currently leading) major clinical trials in this therapeutic area, including CREATE, TREAT, and FIND-CKD. He has been actively involved in collaborating with pharmaceutical companies translating new molecules into clinical practice, performing phase 1, 2, 3, and 4 trials of such products -- he was the first physician in the world to administer Aranesp to a renal patient, and this drug is now widely used as a standard-of-care anaemia therapy.

International Clinical Trials Day #iamresearch

Here at the MRC Centre for Transplantation, we celebrated International Clinical Trials Day on Friday 19 May with a Twitter campaign supporting the theme #iamresearch.  

We also reviewed the clinical trials conducted by the MRC Centre for Transplantation and the Division of Transplantation, Immunology and Muscosal Biology at King's College.  As our infographic shows, the results and publications are impressive. More information can be found online on the research page of the Division of Transplantation, Immunology and Muscosal Biology.  

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