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Researchers from the Medical Sciences Division will be running activities on topics from immunotherapy to VR at this years IF Oxford (18 - 28 October).

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IF Oxford is an annual science and ideas festival taking place in locations across the city. It offers a variety of events, workshops and talks to explore the latest scientific research with audiences of all ages, and creates an opportunity for thousands of face-to-face interactions between Festival visitors, researchers and innovators.This year's festival runs from 18- 28 October, and researchers from the Medical Sciences Division will be out in force!

Researchers from MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine are making the hidden world of cells and DNA come alive through dance, joining the battle for the iron crown and explaining how cancer immunotherapy uses your own super powers to fight cancer. 

The Westgate Wonderlab is hosting a whole array of interactive activities for you to get involved with, from trying your hand at surgery (Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Sciences), playing games to find out how researchers collect and process human health data (Nuffield Department of Population Health) to learning about why we should or shouldn’t manipulate our DNA (Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities).

Radcliffe Department of Medicine invites you to discover how close we are to breakthroughs in gene therapy and gene editing for actual patients and also learn about how your immune system might combat or cause illness

Department of Experimental Psychology researcher Nele Demeyere will be hosting a Brain Diaries talk with stroke survivor Richard Raynor as he describes the day of his stroke, his recovery, intensive rehabilitation and his involvement in neuropsychology research. Further activities from the department include demonstrating how VR is being used in research to help build confidence and reduce stress in young people.

Life as a biomedical research scientist will be told through popular songs re-written by researchers from the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, accompanied by Oxford’s premier postgraduate mixed-voice vegetable-named a cappella group, The Beatroots.

Researchers from Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging are challenging festival-goers to find the key and break out of their MRI escape room. At The Old Fire Station on Saturday 26 October, players will solve a series of brain-related puzzles and learn about magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Further activities run by researchers from the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, Department of Paediatrics, and Department of Surgical Sciences will also offer insights into the Medical Research done at the University. 

There are hundreds more activities taking place over these ten days, so make sure you check out the IF Oxford website for a full programme. You can also find out more about how the Medical Sciences Division engages with the public here