Café Scientifique
Bradfield College, Reading 12 November 2015

'Blood, Getting to the Heart Of It!'

An evening of Science with Drs Amanda Unsworth and Natasha Barrett, ICMR, University of Reading.

Report by Dr Natasha Barrett

Recently, Dr Amanda Unsworth and I spoke at the Bradfield College (near Theale) branch of Café Scientifique.

"Café Scientifique is a public science communication initiative running across more than 40 towns in the UK. It's a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology."

Cafe Scientifque

Dr Amanda Unsworth and Dr Natasha Barrett
presenting at Café Scientifique, Bradfield College

Our talk entitled "Blood, getting to the heart of it!" introduced the cardiovascular system and the role that our favourite cells, the platelets, play in cardiovascular disease. Amanda then explained some of the research going on in the Platelet Signalling Lab in the ICMR at University of Reading and future directions that research in the field is heading. The session was attended by some of the students from the College and a group I'd describe as "very switched-on lay people" from the community, in other words people not shy about asking questions!This made the session very interactive and hugely enjoyable. The great questions and discussions didn't stop with the end of the presentation. These carried on over wine and nibbles until we were gently ejected from the building. The whole evening was a pleasure to attend and Amanda and I left feeling a kind of "science-high" that you get from talking about a subject you feel passionately about with genuinely interested people. We'd like to thank the organisers for inviting us and the audience for making it such an enjoyable session.

Dr Natasha Barrett, ICMR, University of Reading

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