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13th December 2018

Students studying Access to Higher Education Diplomas in Nursing & Midwifery, Allied Health Professions and Science, as well as BTEC Science, have attended talks by guest speakers from York St John University.

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Dr Sue Jones, Director of Biomedical Science, and her colleagues, explained the principles of biomedical sciences and how knowledge of cells and biochemistry can aid in development of diagnostic techniques and treatment of disease.

Broadening the students’ curriculum experience, Dr Owen Kavanagh (Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences) talked about norovirus; how viruses enter cells, how blood group B individuals are naturally resistant to one strain of norovirus and how antibodies that neutralise the virus can be used to assess the level of immunity. The second talk by Dr Adi Baumgartner, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, outlined his previous research into cells and fertility treatment, using a gene probe to detect mutations in embryonic cells.

The opportunity for our students to supplement their learning with knowledge from scientists at the forefront of their fields is second-to-none. Not only does looking at real-world examples help to cement theories learned in lessons, but students are also able appreciate the role that science plays in under-pinning medicine. The Science, Healthcare, Nursing & Midwifery students will contribute towards healthcare in the future, hopefully improving outcomes for generations to come.

In addition to the talks in the Lecture Theatre, students were invited to look at cells using microscopes and cell preparations. Access Science student, Katy Lewis said: “I was taught how to correctly use a higher specification microscope to see brain tumour cells; using different settings to see the cells in different ways was a new experience for me.”

After progression to higher education, Access Diploma students will have a wide range of careers available to them in nursing and other related health professions, as well as biomedical science.


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