This summer, 20 students from Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham had the rare opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s leading scientists at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.
Now in its third year, the King’s Health Partners Summer School is a free summer school designed to provide Year 10 and 11 students from local schools with an insight into careers in biomedical research. The summer school is funded by Health Education South London.
The summer school examined the different ways in which patient-centred translational research is conducted, encouraging students to think about biomedical research as goal-orientated and methodologically diverse. Noor Abu- Salem, aged 15, said:
“I learnt this week that translational research can carry discoveries generated in the laboratory, through to studies in humans, then into best practice in the clinic and community setting.”
Students enjoyed interactive sessions at the Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital, the Cancer Genetics labs at King’s College London, the Science Gallery, Life Sciences Museum and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Jenny Cook, Public and Community Engagement Manager at the BRC, said:
“Each year we set the bar very high for the summer school and each year we’ve been extremely impressed with the high quality of the applications we’ve received from young people in our community.
“Here at the BRC we support world-leading scientists to conduct research that is changing the way healthcare is delivered all over the world. We hope this summer school will inspire young people in our neighbourhood to follow in their footsteps and join us in the fight against some of the world’s most serious medical conditions.”