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Pupil completes clinical skills and medical research course

Bryanston A2 pupil, Natalya C-B completed a Laboratory Skills course offered by Biograd at the Liverpool Science Centre. She was then selected as one of the top ten participants nationwide to present a summary of the course at the New Scientist Live Conference.

Natalya talks about her experience below…

This summer I went to Liverpool to attend a course at the Liverpool Science Park for clinical skills and medical research. During my time there I spent several days learning how to recognise and diagnose several respiratory and cardiac conditions, and what the acute treatment for them may be. I then completed two days of lab skills for research, learning how to do an ELISA test, pipetting, aseptic technique and more. This was all then put into use on the final day when we were given a scenario for an outbreak of SARS, and we were challenged on who was a victim. I had to use basic information to decide who could possibly have been exposed to the disease and who displayed symptoms. I used the lab techniques that I had been taught to analyse the saliva samples and find out who had the disease.

It was an incredibly useful experience, and when I returned home I received an offer from them to attend the New Scientist Live with them as a student exhibitor. My job there was to share my experiences of the course, and also share what I have done to build up my personal statement and experience for my university applications to younger students who were unsure of what they wanted to do in the future. I also got to attend several of the talks during the convention.