A group of students from Scott College have had the privilege of visiting the brand new £17m Clinical Research Centre at Derriford Science Park.
The visit to the centre followed on from a clinical research event which took place at Stoke Damerel Community College – Scott College’s sponsor school – in May.
Health and Social care teacher Mrs Carlson accompanied the 10 Year 9 students and eight Sixth form students who had expressed an interest in clinical research as a career option.
“Students had the opportunity to tour the building accompanied by Professor David Parkinson – a professor of neuroscience,” said Mrs Carlson.
“Students had to get gowned up before taking a look at the laboratories, they looked very smart!
“They were able to see samples being prepared for storage in liquid nitrogen and also got to look at growing tumour cells under a microscope. They spoke with researchers who use a microscope costing £150,000 which can laser slice through tumours.
“We had a brilliant visit and the students and I were really inspired by what we saw.”
Professor Parkinson told the students that a career in clinical research is “hard work, but it is also fascinating and tremendously rewarding”.
“Human biology is a fascinating subject, each time we make a discovery it reveals more complexity about how we develop and function as human beings,” said Professor Parkinson.
“Despite all this knowledge, there are still many diseases that we cannot properly treat that go on to cause premature death or disability in people. We are making progress to curing some of these, but the progress can be too slow.
“The challenge for the next generation of scientists is to continue this work in clinical research to provide real solutions and cures in the future that can transform the outlook and management for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.”Apply