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Find out how your school can get involved in research at QA

Date: 28 January 2020

Time: 16:00

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One of the latest innovations within the Research Department hasn’t been about medicines or technology, but about people. The Young People Patient Research Ambassador group launched in October 2019 and includes Year 11 and 12 students from local schools and colleges who are interested in working in healthcare or research once they leave education.

Sharon McCready, Senior Research Nurse said: “This young people’s group is something we’ve wanted to do for so long and I’m really excited that it’s now happening!”

Group members have been meeting practising Consultants, Research Fellows and Scientists at QA Hospital and giving feedback on research studies, in the same way as the existing adult PRA group.

Last week they were given a guided tour of the research labs by Dr Sharon Glaysher and Scott Elliot, Biomedical Scientists, who talked to them about the exciting and innovative studies that are currently running in the labs, including the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) to help identify biomarkers in cancer and other diseases.

One of the students on the tour said: "I really wanted to come because this is what I want to do when I’m older, and I didn’t want to miss it!”

This is group is supported by Sharon Court, who is the Patient and Public Involvement Facilitator within the Research Dept.

If you’d like to know more about how you or your school could get involved in research, please contact her at: sharon.court@porthosp.nhs.uk

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