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FIND out how mobile phones, strawberries and a wooden hand-loom are transforming healthcare at a special interactive public exhibition.

2014-05-06 Open DayPatients, staff and the public can explore our world-class research and how it is changing lives for the better at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) open day on Monday May 19 at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Teams will be demonstrating the latest technology and techniques tackling conditions such as cancer, dementia, arthritis and diabetes. 

Leading researchers and medical professionals will be on hand to answer questions on issues including DNA sequencing, the importance of sleep and how data drives new treatments and services.

The team behind an innovative  “surgical patch” that could transform the success of shoulder repair operations will be demonstrating their work on the day. 

The team of surgeons, engineers and bio-chemists combined modern and ancient technology – in the form of a wooden handloom – to develop the patch and patient trials are expected to begin this year. 

BRC director Professor Keith Channon said: “Research plays a vital role in improving healthcare and our teams are at the forefront of research both nationally and internationally.

2014-05-06 Open Day 1He added: “Patients and the public are at the heart of what we do, from helping shape the questions  we ask to participating in projects and trials. The open day is a way of sharing our work in a fun and interactive way and saying thank you for the support we get.”

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre is a collaboration between Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford University to support patient-centred research and innovation.

Combining the clinical expertise of Oxford University Hospitals with the academic excellence of Oxford University, it is pioneering new treatments and technologies that are saving lives, both in Oxford and across the NHS.

The Oxford Biomedical Research Centre annual open day is on Monday May 19, 12.30 to 4.30pm, West Wing Atrium, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

BRC Public Open Day