Proteus Exhibit Officially Opened at Glasgow Science Centre

11/10/17

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On Monday 18th September 2017, Proteus officially opened a semi-permanent interactive exhibit within Glasgow Science Centre to members of the public.

Proteus PhD students and Postdoctoral Researchers have been working collaboratively for over a year with the Glasgow Science Centre creative team to produce an interactive Research Capsule, as part of the Centre’s Bodyworks space.

The Proteus Research Capsule is an exciting new addition to the Centre and showcases the key features of Proteus technology in a creative and engaging way, allowing the user to explore the revolutionary healthcare technology being developed and learn more about the research team behind it.

Proteus Research Capsule
The Proteus Research Capsule, located on the ‘Bodyworks’ floor of Glasgow Science Centre, consists of a fun game and an interactive display.
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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.

Proteus Director Mark Bradley cuts the ribbon around the new Research Capsule
Proteus Director Prof Mark Bradley cuts the ribbon, overlooked by ‘Breathtakers’ members Frances  (left) and Peter (centre-left), Advisory Board Chair Prof Malcolm Skingle (centre-right), and Head of Medical School at the University of Edinburgh Prof Moira Whyte (right).
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After some fun playing, guests were invited to take their seats once again to listen to a special panel Q&A session, chaired by Proteus Public Engagement Strategist, Dr Helen Szoor-McElhinney, as they answered questions relating to the exhibit, Proteus research, and wider Public Engagement strategy.

The Q&A panel of experts answer selected questions from the audience
A panel of experts answered select questions from the audience about various aspects of Proteus research, public engagement, and science exhibits: Dr Robin Hoyle, Director of Science for Glasgow Science Centre (left), Dr Jenni Chambers, Head of Public Engagement and Research for RCUK (centre left), Dr Beth Mills, Postdoctoral Researcher for Proteus (centre right), and Prof Kev Dhaliwal, Clinical Lead and Hub Team Leader for Proteus (right).
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We hope that the public will enjoy our Research capsule, and gain insight into all of the exciting work being carried out by the Proteus team.

Many thanks to Jenni Chambers (Head of RCUK Public Engagement), Dr Robin Hoyle, Prof. Kev Dhaliwal and Dr Beth Mills (both of Proteus) for agreeing to be a part of the discussion panel and for contributing some thought-provking ideas.

View the full gallery of images from the launch event here.

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Related links:

Glasgow Science Centre

Research Councils UK (RCUK) Public Engagement

Warren’s Wish

Breathtakers Bronchiectasis support group

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