Biomedical health and human biology session - University of Derby

Biomedical health, human biology, biology and zoology workshops

Phsiological measurements - examining human bones and life-size organs

We live with our bodies all the time, but tend to take them for granted. Your body can do a million things at once, such as growing new skin, making sure your heart beats and fighting off diseases.

Get students thinking about the physiology and anatomy of their body during an interactive session where they will undertake a number of physiology measurements, such as blood pressure, heart rate and strength calculations. Students will be able to examine human bones and life size models of organs to understand how our body is carefully built to enable us to perform our everyday lives.  

Bacteria - friend or foe?

Recent experimental research has shown that we need bacteria for us to be healthy - but good bacteria for one person may be bad bacteria to another person! So how do you know what is a good bacteria vs a bad bacteria and why is it different for different people?

This laboratory based session will introduce years 10-11 to some basic microbial techniques, show how we can identify different bacteria, and discuss how bacteria impacts on people’s health. For years 12-13, students will be able to handle live bacteria and perform a range of microbial activities to identify different bacteria.

Enzymes, kinetics and diagnositc use - an introduction to spectrophotometry

This session will introduce students to the concept of spectrophotometry and how this method is used to investigate enzyme function.

Students will perform an enzyme kinetic reaction, investigating how increasing substrate concentration will affect the rate of enzyme reaction. The reaction product will be measured using spectrophotometry.  An explanation of the experimental data can be provided at the end of the session or students can take the spectrophotometer data back to their school/college to analyse as part of the A-level assessment/curriculum.  

Apocalypse now (or maybe tomorrow)

Are we as the human race meeting our demise? And if so, what will wipe us out? Join Dr Sweet as he explores the threats faced by natural disasters, famine, draught, war and deadly diseases. WARNING: you may not sleep easy again after watching this show!

Into the deep - exploring the deep dark sea

70% of the planet we call home is ocean, and about 90% of that is considered ‘deep’. Join Dr Sweet as we delve into these depths, exploring the zonation’s of the deep, how they are formed and the organisms that call these places their home. 

The secrets in  your genes

Everyone’s genes are unique to them; they make you look the way you do, control your personality and determine which activities you are good at. However they also have a lot of secrets that are not so visible! With modern biotechnology techniques scientists are now unlocking those secrets.

This interactive session introduces students to genetic disease screening, explaining how DNA can tell scientists about your health, and for older students, expanding on how scientists obtain that information. Students will be required to look at genetic sequences from a range of people and identify which ones have a mutation in their DNA, whilst discussing the ethics behind genetic screening.

Science of Jurassic Park

The release of the film Jurassic World (2015) makes it timely to consider the developments that have taken place in the genetic techniques used to bring the dinosaurs back to life in Jurassic Park (1993).

This session will look at the genetic science behind Jurassic Park and consider what is achievable today following the major developments in genome sequencing that have occurred since the original film’s release.

If you require any further information or would like to book any of the above sessions please contact us.

 

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E: outreach@derby.ac.uk

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