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Science in Health gets to the heart of the matter

13 March 2008

More than 500 A-Level students from 36 schools have been getting up close and personal with a beating heart today (Thursday 13 March 2008) as part of Cardiff University’s annual one-day Science in Health Live event.

One of 17 specially planned activities throughout the day, Year 12 pupils from across Wales and England visited Wales’ largest teaching hospital and took part in an interactive clinical tour where has the chance to observe a heart beating.

The students also saw the anatomy of a living heart, learnt how the heart can go wrong, how science is used to treat any abnormalities, and were able to perform an echocardiogram.

Hosted by the School of Medicine and The Sir Geraint Evans Wales Heart Research Institute (WHRI) at Cardiff University, Science in Health Live is one of the highlights in the University’s 125th Anniversary public engagement calendar, and is also part of a University-wide series of public events to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week (March 7-16).

Now in its 15th year, Science in Health Live provides young people with the opportunity to find out the real science behind the medicine, and see first hand the study and career options open to them in health, biomedical and scientific fields.

This year’s showcase combined talks, exhibits and clinical case presentations on subjects as varied as microbes, physiotherapy, genetics, leukaemia, DNA and microscopy and students will get the chance to visit research laboratories within the School of Medicine.

James Matthews, Innovation & Engagement coordinator at the School of Medicine said: "The University is at the forefront of international medical research and education. This is a perfect opportunity for people thinking about a career in science or health to see just how many avenues are open to them. There is a serious job to be done in medical research but it can still be fun and intellectually challenging."

National Science and Engineering Week, which aims to promote science and engineering to young people is marked every year by the University. Just some of the questions posed by public events this year include whether Daleks, sonic screwdrivers and time travel can ever become reality? What impact will the Severn Barrage have? Could nanotechnology be a saviour or a destroyer?

For more information about National Science and Engineering Week and Science in Health Live visit


Notes to Editors:

School of Medicine

Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2,000 students, including 1,110 postgraduate students.

The School is based at the Heath Park Campus, a site it shares the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest university hospital in the UK. The School has an all-Wales role, contributing greatly to promoting, enhancing and protecting the nation’s health. A key partner in this role is the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, with which the School is linked at all levels. This mutual dependency is illustrated by the teaching of medical undergraduates in more than 150 hospitals located in all of Wales’ health authorities. The medical curriculum followed at the School enables students to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, judgement and attitudes appropriate to delivering a high standard of professional care. Around 300 new doctors currently graduate from the School every year and the Welsh Assembly Government has invested substantially in new teaching facilities to increase this number further.

Cardiff University

• Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

• 2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

• Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

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Further Information:

Lowri Jones, Public Relations and Communications

Cardiff University

T: 02920 870 995