International students learned about cutting edge research taking place in Oxford during a visit to facilities at the Churchill Hospital.
Youngsters on a two-week residential visit through the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) heard how vaccine research is changing lives around the world.
The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre hosted the event with the University of Oxford’s Oxford Vaccines Group and Jenner Institute and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
A total 36 students visited the vaccine group’s Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine on Thursday July 30, where they enjoyed tours of its labs.
The Jenner Institute’s Dr Sean Elias spoke on how researchers are working on developing vaccines for malaria, which kills hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Dr Christopher Green talked about a career in vaccine research and how his interest in the topic led to his current role.
Students also made mosquitos from pipe cleaners and cable ties and played a card game to match vaccines with diseases and a tablet computer game on the life cycle of malaria, developed by the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Download the game here.
The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF). LIYSF is held at Imperial College London and features lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations, including world class laboratories and universities.
It attracts more than 400 of the world’s leading young scientists aged 17 to 21 from more than 60 countries.