Festival of Communities

The CPM had a fantastic day at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities talking about our organs-on-chips research. There was lots of interesting conversations and interactions with local people of all ages.

Our excellent team of demonstrators showed people real organ-chip models and discussed their usage in the development of new medicines. Visitors, particularly children, enjoyed being able to pipettte coloured liquid into the organ-chips and seeing real cells growing in an organ-chip visualised under a microscope.

For older visitor we were able to discuss the range of available organ-chips for testing the toxicity and efficacy of new medicines. Dr Joanne Nolan was able to talk about her work developing a organ-chip model of breast cancer bone metastasis as funded by CRUK and EPSRC. Dr Tim Hopkins explained his research funded by Versus Arthritis which is developing a human cartilage-synovium organ-chip for understanding osteoarthritis.

Dr Clare Thompson, from the Queen Mary+Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre, and Dr Liisa Bowes, from the CREATE Bioprinting lab, organised the interactive stand linking in with Queen Mary's Centre for Predictive in vitro Models. They were supported by a team of post docs and PhD students working with Prof Martin Knight and others in Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Materials Science. 

June 2022

festival of communities

The organ-chip team