Outreach

“How to Mend a Broken Heart” Animation

Artist in Residence, Siobhan McGibbon, has collaborated with AngioMatTrain researchers to create an animation for school children. The animation describes how the heart works and how researchers in the AngioMatTrain project are developing a cure to fix damaged heart tissue. The animation can be viewed below.

“How to Mend a Broken Heart” Activity

The AngioMatTrain consortium has designed the “How to Mend a Broken Heart” outreach activity for primary school students to introduce concepts of tissue engineering and biomaterials at an early age. Researchers teach the anatomy, physiology and disease of the heart through a series of hands-on activities. A 15-minute interactive presentation is given describing how the heart works to pump blood. The students are taught how a heart attack happens and how scaffolds can be used to fix damaged heart tissue. After the presentation students act as tissue engineers to mend “damaged” heart shaped cookies using various decorations representing materials for scaffold development. A video with an overview of the activity can be seen below.

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On the 26th October, as part of the Vodafone Comedy Festival 2016, AngioMatTrain researchers took to the stage in the Róisín Dubh pub in Galway, Ireland to demonstrate “How to Mend a Broken Heart” with a skit performance. A video of their performance is given below.

Galway Science and Technology Festival

AngioMatTrain researchers participated in the Galway Science and Technology Festival from the 10th-23rd November 2014. The researchers hosted four workshops titled “How to Mend a Broken Heart” at the main exhibition event which followed visits to four schools across the city and county over the two weeks.

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Postgraduate Open Day

AngioMatTrain researchers participated at the NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day held on the 19th November 2014. An information stand provided details on postgraduate opportunities at the University, with researchers on hand to answer questions about doing a PhD.

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Medical Devices Week

Three ESRs from NUIG won a prize for their research-inspired artwork as part of Medical Devices Week. Medical Devices Week was held from the 3rd-6th June 2014 and is designed to educate the public about medical devices research in unique ways. A photo of the researchers with their winning artwork can be seen below.

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