Hundreds of people visited an open day at the John Radcliffe Hospital about biomedical research taking place in Oxford.
The event showcased the work of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), a partnership between the Trust and University of Oxford to fund and support research that can benefit the NHS.
It included more than 30 stands about the work of the BRC and its partners with interactive demonstrations such as extracting DNA from strawberries, an artistic way to make a healthy beta cell to learn about diabetes and even a chance to play classic game Operation for budding surgeons.
There was also a panel-led debate about the opportunities and challenges presented by the sharing of large amounts of patient data and clinician-led talks about new ways to treat cancer and the future of meningitis vaccines.
The BRC was established in 2007 and covers 14 themes including cancer, diabetes, genetics, infection and vaccines.
Director of the BRC Prof Keith Channon said: “The BRC Open Day clearly demonstrated the enormous scale and scope of the research partnership between the Oxford University Hospitals and the University of Oxford.
“Members of the public, patients and their families were highly interested to see how scientific research, supported by the BRC, has led to new diagnostic tests and treatments that are already impacting on NHS patient care across Oxfordshire, and beyond.”