Inspiring underrepresented students to explore biomedical research careers

Photo of people at the Aortic Futures event taken at Goodison Park

University of Liverpool researchers partnered with the Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust and Everton in the Community to host an event at Goodison Park to inspire underrepresented students aged 14-16 to explore careers in biomedical research.

My Aorta My Future aimed to promote diversity in biomedical sciences by encouraging students from low-income households and BAME communities in Liverpool to consider pursuing a career in medical research. The event offered a series of interactive workshops, practical activities, and networking opportunities to provide valuable insights into the world of biomedical research and its potential career paths.

Dr Riaz Akhtar, Reader in Biomedical Engineering, University of Liverpool, said: “With My Aorta My Future, we hoped to inspire young students to explore the exciting field of biomedical research and show them that a career in this area is accessible and rewarding. During the day, we showed that there are lots of different disciplines that can make significant contributions to biomedical sciences and that people working in this area have many different career pathways, We believe that promoting diversity in science is vital to fostering innovation and driving progress in medical research.”

Image of a schoool child trying VR headset out at the Aortic Futures event

During the event, students had the opportunity to meet researchers, university students, and surgeons from diverse backgrounds who shared their personal experiences and discussed the importance of their work. Special guests were also present to talk about aortic dissection, a life-threatening condition that requires urgent medical attention, and share their stories.

In addition to providing students with a better understanding of the biomedical research field, My Aorta My Future also aimed to raise awareness about aortic dissection and the importance of improving community health. By attending this event, students learned about the critical research work being conducted in the field and how they can contribute to improving health outcomes in their communities and beyond.

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Aortic Dissection is a progressive tear in the inner lining of the aorta, the main artery of the body, which blood surges through creating a new channel between the layers. This can rupture or interrupt the blood supply to vital organs. It is a time-critical medical emergency.

The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust is dedicated to raising awareness about aortic dissection, funding critical research, and providing support to those affected by the condition. The Trust works closely with researchers, healthcare professionals, and community partners to improve health outcomes and save lives.

Photo of people at the Aortic Futures event held at Goddison Park