Research teams showcase their work

Three teams from Leeds are showcasing their ground-breaking research at the Great Exhibition of the North.

A Geodesic dome, made out of Yorkshire Spun wool, created by Dr Jane Scott for the Great Exhibition of the North

A Geodesic dome, made out of Yorkshire wool, created by Dr Jane Scott for the Great Exhibition of the North

Staged at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle until 9 September 2018, the free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit will ‘pack a programme of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and unforgettable experiences into 80 days’. 

The museum anticipates welcoming 5,000 visitors through its doors every day during the exhibition.

And the University has a strong presence at the event.

Paul Affleck, CORECT-R Programme Manager at Leeds, is leading a team from the Institute for Data Analytics in the School of Medicine to present an event entitled Your Healthcare Data, Your Control on Saturday and Sunday (28/29 July).

Dr Ciarán McInerney, Research Assistant in Biostatistics at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM), heads up a display on the same dates entitled Dr Digital, while Dr Jane Scott, a Senior Teaching Fellow with the School of Design, has created an installation at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art entitled Growing Medium.

Your Healthcare Data, Your Control

The use, and abuse, of personal data has dominated recent news. There has also been the introduction of new rules, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and a national data opt-out for identifiable health and care information. 

Paul Affleck has teamed up with Chris Carrigan (Rutherford Fellow and advisor to use MY data), Emily Boldison (Engagement Facilitator for Bowel Cancer Intelligence UK) and Dr Beth Levick-Shortall (Research Fellow), among others, to inform the public of what routine healthcare data exists, how it is used and what control they have over their own information. 

They also want to explain the exciting bowel cancer research currently taking place using such data. 

use MY data is a movement of patients, relatives and carers that harnesses the patient voice to build confidence in the use of data for research and analysis. BCI UK is a research collaboration hosted by the University, dedicated to using information to improve bowel cancer care nationwide.

The team plans to stimulate discussion, gather opinions and explain BCI UK’s research and use MY data’s work through simple games and activities.

Dr Digital 

An algorithm is a series of steps used to solve a problem. People and computers use them every day. 

At Leeds, the Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are developing algorithms to detect when cancer comes back after treatment. 

Dr Ciarán McInerney and Maxx Holmes, a PhD Researcher in Biophysics, are staging a display where people can design an algorithm for healthy eating and practice their surgeon skills with a stitching algorithm to be the next ‘Dr Digital’.

Growing Medium

Dr Jane Scott has designed a new installation within the Materials That Shape The North group exhibition for Idea Of The North at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. This runs until 30 September, in conjunction with the Great Exhibition of the North.

With technical assistance from Sheroze Iqbal and Ian Rees, in the School of Design, Dr Scott has created a shape-changing knitted installation that forms one face of a geodesic dome (a hemispherical thin-shell structure based on a geodesic polyhedron) curated by MaterialDriven. The work, composed of 100 per cent Yorkshire Spun wool and assembled with laser-cut veneer, has been produced using the latest computerised knit technologies at the University. 

The installation will physically change in shape during the course of the summer in response to environmental conditions within the gallery space.

Visit the Great Exhibition of the North website for further information about how to attend these events.

And email the Public Engagement team at the University if you would like to explore the idea of exhibiting your research at such events. 

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