Researchers’ Night 2012.

Members of the School’s research community participated in the University’s Researchers’ Night event on the 28th of September. Staff and students worked to together present an interactive set of exhibits highlighting our research. Kathryn brought together activities that were targeted at dispelling the myth that all our research is only about teeth. The public were invited to come along and find out about our work on bacteria, cancer diagnosis, neuroscience and tissue engineering, oh, and teeth.

anubhutiThe ibio group presented three of their research areas bacteria, neuroscience and oral cancer. Graham, with the help from Matt, Prachi, Jennie, Rebecca, Chat, and Mike, headed up the bacteria area. They presented an opportunity to observe a selection of different bacteria down a microscope and wowed people with a lego flagellum! In addition, the children were asked to make their own bugs, the resulting designs were weird and wonderful. The winning bug is shown here  and all the other entries can be found in our ‘bug gallery’ here.

FionaFiona, assisted by Emma, Adam and Sarah, gave an interesting overview on how nerves can become damaged and the research we are doing to help with repairing them. The group also used pin-prick pain sensation, two point discrimination tests and taste stimulation to show the role the nerves.

craigCraig and Katy demonstrated some of the clinical research the School is involved in. They brought along an impedance spectroscopy machine, which they are working with a company to see if it has a role in diagnosing oral cancer.

winnerThe BHT group, lead by Paul and Aileen with help from Caroline, Harriet, Eleanor, and Katie, had a display showing some of the devices and materials they are currently researching, the methods they use to grow cells and make tissue engineered constructs and also ‘live’ cells to view under microscope.
They invited children visiting the stand to create the perfect environment to grow living cells for medical applications. The winning entry is shown to the right and the other ideas they came up with can be found here.

Paul also gave a talk on ‘Your Bionic Future!’, he discussed how advances in science and engineering are being combined to create new technologies that may enhance our appearance, improve our performance, or let us achieve healthy old age. The talk was illustrated with examples from ongoing research at Sheffield, and concluded with a glimpse into the future and addressed the question: What will humans and society look like in 25 years?