Endometriosis Care Centre Outreach
IF Oxford: Pelvic pain: diagnosing endometriosis sooner
Christian Becker, co-director of the Endometriosis Care Centre at Oxford, gave a talk at the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival, explaining how researchers are analysing blood, saliva, urine and tissue samples to better understand endometriosis and develop more effective tests. This event is part of the art of the Health Research and You series of talks from the National Institute for Health Research.
Endometriosis Conference by the Rotaract Club of Sheffield
EndoCaRe DPhil student Magda Mareckova gave a talk at the Rotaract Club of Sheffield's Endometriosis Mini Conference entitled: Why Studying Endometriosis Matters - Innsights from the Research Lab. Magda joined a number of speakers for the Conference.
The Rotaract Club of Sheffield is a group of young people "determined to change our community for the better, locally and globally!" More info on the group and the Endometriosis Conference can be found on their website and Instagram page.
PUPIL ENGAGEMENT AT CHENEY SCHOOL
A group of EndoCaRe DPhil students (Magda Mareckova, Lydia Coxon, Hannah Nazri and Danielle Perro) delivered a thought provoking and popular workshop to year 7 and 8 students at the Cheney School in Oxford on 23rd September, as part of a "Future of Genetics" Day organised by the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics.
Photo: Magda Marečková teaching pupils at Cheney School about endometriosis and single
The aim was to inspire the next generation of scientists on how their research utilises “future technology” single-cell RNA-sequencing for studying endometriosis. This consisted of teaching/explanatory slides and fun hands-on activities, to enable students to appreciate and understand some of the more difficult concepts and techniques used in genetics research. The students practised what they learnt; making DNA out of sweets, analysing single cell RNA sequencing data, interpreting and discussing results, exploring the human body and organs anatomy, and specifically focusing on the female reproductive tract. They also learnt about endometriosis and had a chance to analyse a 'real dataset' of single-cell RNA-sequencing data from a healthy patient and one with endometriosis. The students were encouraged to think about how scientists perform experiments, why they choose certain techniques to do so, how they analyse the data, what the results mean in the end and what we can do next when we have some findings.
Positive feedback from the day included praise such as: "I'm good at making things" and "I am interested in DNA and genetics". Reflecting on the workshop, Magda commented: “It was a great opportunity to do a bit of outreach work, raise endometriosis awareness and encourage students to think more deeply about science, new technologies and how and why we do research. Seeing the students have fun, grasp the new (sometimes very complicated) concepts quickly, ask interesting questions and engage with us was very rewarding”.
OXFORD HANDS-ON SCIENCE (OXHOS) SUMMER ROADSHOW
Oxford Hands-On Science (OxHOS) is a student-run society based in Oxford that believes science is fun and relevant to everyone. OxHOS spreads Oxford's enthusiasm for science to children and their families by taking a range of hands-on experiments into schools and public venues, with helpful undergraduate and post-graduate student volunteers explaining the science behind them.
Photo: Magda Mareckova 2019 OxHOS Summer Roadshow.
The 2019 OxHOS Summer Roadshow (24th June - 5th July) started with a week in Oxfordshire before heading to Essex and Manchester. The roadshow features interactive experiments where student volunteers deliver fun experiments and demonstrations to children and members of the public at schools and community centres far and wide. EndoCaRe's own Magda Marečková took part in the 2019 OxHOS Summer Roadshow.
FameLab UK, a science communication competition where contestants have just three minutes to talk about their area of science - no PowerPoint presentations allowed! - saw its biggest ever Oxford cohort this year, with 27 performers.
Photo: FameLab 2019 finalist Danielle Perro.
Three heats were held in February before the 27 entrants were whittled down to 12 finalists to perform at the Wig and Pen in Oxford.
First year DPhil student in the EndoCaRe Centre, Danielle Perro, used dramatic imagery to bring to life the finely orchestrated mechanism that is menstruation, initiated by “Queen GnRH” (or gonadotropin-releasing-hormone to you and me), and made it to the final.