By combining the scientific knowledge of Proteus’ scientists and the University of Edinburgh MSc Science Communication students with the vision and design skills of the Centre team, a sophisticated model ‘patient’ has been developed where the public can control a digital bronchoscope in order to find and diagnose infection in the lungs within a fun game environment.
The Research Capsule is open to the public within the normal entry fee and times of the Centre – see their website for more details.
To officially mark the opening of the Capsule, friends and family of the Proteus team attended the Centre during the day along with the wider public, to try it out for the very first time. After the Centre closed, an evening event was held to allow invited guests to get hands-on with the exhibit themselves. Attendees included Proteus researchers and members of the Advisory Board, members of the Breathtakers Bronchiectasis support group, and Warren’s Wish founder Jacqueline Cummings.
The event was started with an introduction and welcome from Dr Robin Hoyle, Director of Science for Glasgow Science Centre. Following this, Proteus Director Prof. Mark Bradley spoke about bringing the passion for the team’s research to the wider public, and how it is vital not to limit the group’s achievements to an isolated, closed-off academic environment.
Prof. Moira Whyte (Head of the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and Director of the Medical Research Council Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh) then took to the stand to explain the scientific drive behind the Proteus project, and how its interdisciplinary nature is part of what makes it so successful.
The Capsule was officially opened by Prof. Mark Bradley in a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon (which, of course, was Proteus orange in colour!), and a specially selected number of guests were invited to step forward and be the first to experience the exhibit.