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Pupils from Morton Hall School, Shropshire, and the Maelor School, Wrexham, met with scientists from LOORG to learn about the future of research into disease of the human eye.
Georgia Parry, 16, from Worthenbury, and Maggie Franklin, 17, from Bishops Castle, visited LOORG and the Department of Eye and Vision Science at the University, as part of a programme lead by eye research charity, Fight for Sight.
The students met with Prof Sarah Coupland, Head of LOORG, and Senior Postdoctoral Scientist, Dr Helen Kalirai, during a tour of the laboratories. The charity is currently funding a LOORG PhD student, Neil Farquhar, through the Fight for Sight PhD studentship grant.
They also saw demonstrations of tissue microarray construction and immunohistochemistry, DNA extraction and sequencing, as well as laser capture microscopy giving an opportunity to explore tumour cells in more detail.
Professor Sarah Coupland said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the pupils to the lab. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase the importance of eye research to the future working generation, particularly as Maggie and Georgia have an interest in this field, and may one day want to pursue a career in helping create a future we can all see.”
The visit gained some coverage in local newspapers and also on the Fight for Sight and Vision 2020 websites, these articles can be read by following the below links;
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