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Latest News and Public Engagement Stories

Rita Alonaizan introduces sixth form students to basic science with In2ScienceUK

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Dr Rita Alonaizan hosted two students via the In2ScienceUK programme, and provided a hands-on work experience in Associate Professor Mathilda Mommersteeg’s Lab from Monday 1 – Friday 5 August during the school summer holidays.

DPAG hosts successful first Science in the Park event

More than 100 children, along with around 50 parents, grandparents and caregivers enjoyed an exciting variety of activities on the theme of ‘How the Body Works’ in University Parks on Tuesday 26 July. This ‘Science in the Park’ event was run by DPAG’s Outreach and Public Engagement Working Group (OPEWG) and volunteers comprising research scientists, clinical anatomy teaching staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Nikita Ved recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations are in order for Dr Nikita Ved, who has been appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DPAG researchers to take on the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation

Associate Professor Sarah De Val will lead a team of researchers as they take on the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Joaquim Vieira brings heart regeneration research to the public at Pint of Science

Pint of Science is the world’s largest public science festival bringing researchers to local pubs, cafes and spaces to share their scientific discoveries with the public.

My Primary School Visit for Science Week

On 2 March 2022, Dr Katherine Brimblecombe visited two primary school classes (ages 8-11) as part of their “Science week”. Read her interview to learn more about public engagement with school children in the local Oxford community.

London Marathon to fund De Val and Vieira Lab research as two of eight handpicked BHF projects

Two projects aimed at tackling heart failure led by Associate Professor Sarah De Val and Dr Joaquim Vieira are to be funded by the 2022 TCS London Marathon with the British Heart Foundation as its Charity of the Year. The BHF’s runners, who are raising £3 million in funding, will include De Val Lab postdoctoral researcher Dr Alice Neal.

Enriching Engagement grant set to transform public understanding of the human form

A Srinivas Group-led collaborative public engagement project has been awarded more than £188k to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to the concepts of ‘destiny’ and ‘embodiment’ to the local Oxford community.

From Cells to Systems: New animation brings physiology to life for students

Head of Department and President of The Physiological Society Professor David Paterson has been involved in developing a new animation about physiology fundamentals which launches today during Biology Week 2021.

Physiology drawings enhance our understanding of the 'Amazing Body'

Visiting academic Dr Lizzie Burns received an outreach grant from The Physiological Society to create a novel set of engaging drawings for adult colouring-in to learn about our remarkable human body. Dr Burns has collaborated with members of The Society, including DPAG's Heidi de Wet, Peter Robbins, Keith Dorrington and Andrew King, to illustrate a wide range of physiological topics.