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LLR Research Lab Tour in Sheffield

Danny Redhead
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20 Aug 2014

Another fantastic insightful day, and I got to wear a lab coat and feel smart for a while!

Whenever I talk with researchers I am always blown away by the work that they do and the incredible progress they are making, and that's how our latest adventure came about. When talking with Chris Bunce the Director of Research at the national Impact Day in April we discussed the opportunity for our branch to visit one of the labs funded by Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research at which point he introduced me to Shelly Lawson from Sheffield who set up the tour for us in Sheffield.

The team in Sheffield look specifically at myeloma so predominantly their work is based around bones! We started the afternoon with a talk from Dr Andrew Chantry who explained about the work they do in Sheffield and gave us an insight into myeloma and research into the field has come on over the years. Following this we went around various demonstrations showing us the machines that they use in Sheffield and giving us an insight what they do. We looked through microscopes at cells, held bones, and looked at 3D scans of bones on computers which could give a much clearer picture with relation to the cancerous areas on the bone, truly remarkable stuff!

We ended the afternoon with a drinks reception and the chance to have a chat with the researchers and share experiences. The afternoon was truly inspiring and gave a great indication as to what impact £50,000 would have and we even left knowing examples of the kind of projects that a value of that kind could fund. I think it is fair to say that the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and was a great motivator and another reminder of why we do what we do!