As part of Science Festival 2018, Saturday 17 February saw the third CCRCB Open Day, where Queen's welcomed visitors of all ages into the Centre to celebrate a decade of cancer research in Belfast.
Attendees included patients and their families, supporters of the charities who fund research in the CCRCB and the general public.
Attendees could choose from a wide range of activities throughout the building. Senior scientists offered talks on the latest research updates in their particular speciality. There were lab activities, which also included informal chats with a researcher. Visitors were able to talk to the CRUK cancer research nurses and members of the NI Cancer Research Consumer Forum about clinical trials. Epidemiologists from the Centre for Public Health also had a stand where they had activities aimed at raising awareness of cancer prevention through lifestyle changes and provided information on supporting and preparing patients for cancer treatment. Our science interactive activities for all ages included the genetic taste test, turning your smartphone into a microscope and designing your own lab coat, to name but a few.
Representatives from the various charities who support research in CCRCB had information stands at the event and the NI Biobank provided details on consenting human tissue for research.
Some of the feedback on the day included:
"Great to see a wide range of research and support from the cancer charities."
"Very informative event – even for a non-scientist. My kids really enjoyed this morning."
"A wonderful morning, it’s great to see so many passionate scientists and charities working together."