Think Kent Discovers series

While film and TV production is in lockdown, the University of Kent has original research documentaries for you to discover

For a special guest blog post, Jess Messenger introduces the final two Research Services and KMTV commissioned research documentaries which will be screened under the banner “Think Kent Discovers series”.

Researchers and field experts will host interactive talks featuring topical discussions as the university launches the Think Kent “Discovers” series, a series of 9 cutting edge research documentaries produced by the University of Kent in association with KMTV.

Each event will start with the screening of a research documentary followed by a live panel discussion on the topic.

You can watch via: Youtube or Facebook

All events are FREE to watch and to book your place, please click here

Wednesday 8th July at 7pm: “Catching Cancer: Rapid Diagnosis” 

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a blood and bone marrow cancer which affects more than 250,000 people per year worldwide. High mortality rates can be due to unreliable diagnosis and current treatments. Hundreds of thousands of people could gain precious lifelines from this deadly disease thanks to early diagnosis and treatment. Can you detect Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) not with a traditional blood test but with a kit which gives an immediate indication from a simple pin-prick?

Panel members:

  • Dr Vadim Sumbayev, Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Medway School of Pharmacy at the University of Kent
  • Prof. Dmitry Pshezhetskiy, Expert in basic and clinical cancer research, School of Medicine at University of East Anglia
  • Prof. Bernhard Gibbs, Principal Research Associate, Division of Experimental Allergology and Immunodermatology at the University of Oldenburg (Germany)

Thursday 16th July at 7pm: “The Science of Making Babies” 

In July 1978, the world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, was born in Oldham to her parents, Lesley and John. It’s now estimated 1 in 50 babies born in Britain today are the result of IVF or similar methods that allow an egg to be fertilised.  The film depicts  the work of Professor Darren Griffin and Prof. Alan Thornhill, School of Biosciences, as leaders in the field whose work has helped transform the lives of parents around the world.

Panel members:

  • Prof. Darren Griffin, Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent
  • Prof. Alan Thornhill, Honorary Professor of reproductive Genetics at the University of Kent and Country Manager at Igenomix
  • Prof. David Brown, Honorary Professor in Structural Biology at the University of Kent and Head of Structural Sciences at Servier Paris-Saclay Research Institute (France)

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