Cambridge researcher and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Bennett Fellow Dr Suzanne Turner inspired her local community with her knowledge and expertise in blood cancer research at the Cambridge Science Festival last weekend.
Dr Turner’s research is focused on understanding how non-Hodgkin lymphoma develops in adults and children and her lab have identified new drugs and compounds that may be used to treat this blood cancer.
"On Saturday 19 March my research lab, which is part of the Department of Pathology, opened its doors to 268 visitors - 123 of which were children to explore ‘the cosmos of your body’ as part of the University of Cambridge’s annual Science Festival, which aims to engage the general public in our research.
"I was really pleased to be part of this event as it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the community and talk about my blood cancer research, which is supported by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
"The theme of our exhibit was blood and the immune system, both of which are affected in people who have leukaemia and lymphoma.
"Both adults and children looked at blood under the microscope and were able to see that blood is not just a liquid, but is in fact made up of tiny structures called cells, that are invisible to the naked eye. It is only a small minority of these cells that cause leukaemia and lymphoma to develop.
"We also had some fun activities to keep the children entertained, such as making fake blood and decorating white blood cell cookies which went down very well, with everyone there!
"I really enjoyed the day, and look forward to sharing more of my research at the Cambridge Science Festival in 2013!"
Dr Suzanne Turner, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Bennett Fellow, University of Cambridge