Posted on 16 October 2012
The CII co-hosted a stand over three days inside the main entrance foyer of the York Hospital as part of the 2012 National Year of Pathology. As well as the informative posters and take-away leaflets, volunteers from the CII and the York NHS Trust took turns to engage with passing members of the general public and staff from the hospital. Senior clinical lecturer in HIV Medicine, Dr Fabiola Martin and her student Shaan Bassi were present to explain some of the wide-ranging research being undertaken at the University of York to find ways of fighting and preventing the spread of human disease causing pathogens. This includes research on well-known diseases, including HIV and malaria, and neglected diseases of tropical areas, for instance leishmania. Dr David Hamilton from the York Hospital and his colleagues in turn described the variety and number of pathology tests undertaken yearly at the Hospital and their importance in diagnosing illnesses.
The event proved very popular and received much enthusiastic feedback. The soft toy models of the pathogens in particular drew the interest of passers-by.
More information about the National Pathology Year 2012 can be found on the I Love Pathology website.