September is Blood Cancers awareness month and here at Newcastle University we are raising awareness by holding ‘Blood Matters’, a research open day in collaboration with the local blood cancers charity Bright Red. The day will be an opportunity for members of the public to come along and hear about the work we are doing in our research labs at the University to help us better understand our blood and how this helps in the fight against blood cancers and blood disorders. We will have talks from a number of acclaimed clinicians about the research going on in their groups and will cover a variety of subjects.
Prof Matthew Collin will talk about his research into bone marrow transplantation complications, Dr. Tina Biss will discuss her research into blood clots in children, and Dr Kate Musgrave will be talking about the work she is doing in sepsis. We will also have several members of our research labs show-casing some of the work they are doing, with interactive exhibits giving you the chance to look at blood cells under the microscope, see how we grow human bone marrow or learn about how we separate blood into its components for analysis.
We will also show you how we look at DNA and proteins to understand more about the underlying causes of some of these conditions. Bright Red are based at the local Freeman Hospital and raise funds to help improve the lives and treatment of people in the north who are dealing with blood cancer. The University have a long standing relationship with the charity and they have helped fund both our scientists and essential pieces of equipment.
The event is being held in the Medical School at Newcastle University and is open to all members of the public. Registration is free and there will be refreshments and an afternoon tea served on the day. For more information and to register visit the event page.