Bringing stem cells to new locations
Lots of people have heard about stem cells and are quite interested to find out more but it can be tricky to know where to go for accurate information and you're unlikely to have the time to read the latest publications. That's why we're determined to bring our research to you. Our new Pop-Up stand has been designed to answer some of the most common queries we receive. It's also a good excuse for us to get out of the lab to talk about what we are working on and to hear what you think.
We 'popped-up' for the first time at Addenbrooke's Hospital in June. A team of researchers were on stand-by all day to meet with passers-by. We had fascinating conversations with nurses, patients, families and hospital staff, covering everything from the hope stem cells offer for rare diseases to where we get our funding from. As this was a pilot, we were particularly interested to hear people's views or concerns about stem cells and our research. This is important for us to learn where there may be mis-information or lack of clarity about what we do and how we can address this.
This was a new and refreshing experience for us. In some ways it is daunting to put yourself out there as a researcher and to be unprepared for the questions that come your way but, ultimately, it leads to interesting and genuine exchanges with people we may never otherwise have met. We can't wait to do it again!
Keep an eye on our Events page to find out where we will be popping up next.