Media Release: 20 October 2010
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is throwing open its doors to the public so they can learn about the exciting progress of medical research, and see first hand how a state-of-the-art medical research facility works on Sunday 24th October.
Between 9am and 3pm visitors can explore an interactive mini-expo offering the chance to meet and talk to Garvan’s world–renowned scientists about their cutting edge research into diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, eating disorders, neurodegenerative disorders and hearing loss.
Visitors can see human cells through a microscope, determine their individual risk of bone fracture, understand how genes control hunger and satiety and find out the best volume for their iPod to prevent hearing loss. Future budding scientists can also talk to current Garvan PhD students and learn about a career in science.
The official Guinness World Record™ attempt to build the largest DNA sequence will be on display. Constructed by 120 Sydney school students, the structure extends for 26 metres and is an exact replica of the neuropeptide Y molecule researched extensively at the Garvan.
In a panel discussion, Garvan’s leading cancer researchers and clinicians will address the critical issue: “What will it take to cure cancer?”, facilitated by Network Nine’s Peter Overton. Throughout the day Garvan researchers will give special presentations on Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, neurodegenerative disorders and immune function.
Tours will show visitors through a working research laboratory while taking in some of the amazing technology used to ensure Garvan remains at the cutting edge of medical research.