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  • Glenn Hearson

Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node (NMPN) at Nottingham Castle

The Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node (NMPN) one of 6 nodes across to UK funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) established to develop molecular pathology tests to ultimately help provide the right treatment , to the right patient at the right time -known as 'stratified medicine or precision medicine' . NMPN focuses on Respiratory, Gastrointestinal and Liver diseases.

An event recently took place on the weekend of 1st and 2nd October 2016 at the Nottingham Castle to widen the understanding and appreciation of disease and pathology and the work of pathologists and scientists in Nottingham through engaging young people and their families. The event coincided with an exhibition of the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, including some of his anatomical studies

The NMPN in partnership with Ignite! a not-for-profit organisation ( which promotes public understanding of science through public engagement and community participation, Bio-city Nottingham, Royal Microscopical Society, University of Nottingham and Empath offered a series of drop-in creative workshops for children and young people and their families where they explored the macroscopic and microscopic world of human anatomy, physiology and pathology.

In the gallery of drawings at the Castle Museum and with other examples of Leonardo’s explorations of the human anatomy, there was a series of creative “work stations” and under the supervision and guidance of staff and students from the departments of Respiratory Medicine ,Pathology, Life Sciences and Microbiology at University of Nottingham, children and young people were invited to observe the world of pathology and biology through the microscope -interpret their observations in drawings and art works of their own and get involved in making DNA bracelets and sweets!

The event was extremely very well attended with another event planned for February 2017

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