Research activities are a half-term hit at thinktank in Birmingham
A community event organised by the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands at the thinktank (sic) science museum during the half term holiday, proved a half term hit with young visitors.
The event aimed to raise awareness of clinical research, with a focus on Diabetes and the ELSA screening study. Staff from the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands, JDRF and Diabetes UK were at the museum for two days, running activities which included:
- a mock clinical trial - does pop or classical music help you concentrate better?
- make a brain from modelling clay
- genome bracelet making
Kristian, pictured with his twin Brandon, said: "It was really fun and interesting."
Carly Tibbins, Patient & Public Engagement Officer said: “It has been great, so good to get out again and talk with families as well as working with staff from across different teams.
“We recruited 11 participants to the study, gave out 160 information leaflets and spoke to more than 370 families, so it was really worthwhile, and lots of families were very interested in the study.
“The kids had great fun with the activities - so much so that we got through 96 pots of modelling clay and more than 1000 beads.
“Thank you to everyone who came along - we really enjoyed meeting you!”
Staff from the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands, JDRF and Diabetes UK
For further information contact: Claire Hall, Communications Lead on 07775 800227.