Get to know your body at the Sci­ence in the City fes­ti­val

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

This year’s Sci­ence in the City fes­ti­val, which will be held on 29 Septem­ber be­tween 6pm and mid­night, will in­clude a newly ex­panded Health area fea­tur­ing re­search from the Univer­sity of Malta, var­i­ous health checks to help you get to know your body bet­ter, as well as a glimpse into the fu­ture of health­care in the in­for­ma­tion age.

The cor­ner of St John’s Street and Repub­lic Street will be dom­i­nated by a large holo­gram in­stal­la­tion set up by a group of MCAST stu­dents, com­ple­ment­ing other high tech fea­tures else­where at the fes­ti­val. Re­flect­ing the trend that tech­nol­ogy and health­care are be­com­ing more and more in­ter­twined, a large part of the holo­gram footage on dis­play has been con­trib­uted by re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Malta who will be meet­ing the pub­lic along St John’s Street to ex­plain their re­search tack­ling a wide range of dis­eases.

Other or­gan­i­sa­tions are com­ing to Sci­ence in the City as well, with the Malta Cham­ber of Phar­ma­cists fo­cus­ing on pa­tient cen­tred tech­nol­ogy such as smart­phone apps for vac­ci­na­tions along­side re­search into how the genome can af­fect peo­ple’s re­sponses to drugs. The Na­tional Al­liance for Rare Dis­eases Sup­port – Malta will have a stand to raise aware­ness on con­di­tions that might get over­looked.

The con­tri­bu­tion of fur­ther re­search groups from the Univer­sity of Malta will un­der­pin these top­ics with more sci­ence. In a stand or­gan­ised by Prof. Alex Felice and Dr Joseph Borg from the Fac­ul­ties of Medicine and Surgery and Health Sci­ence, vis­i­tors will be able to find out more about rare blood dis­or­ders and be shown how to ex­tract DNA from cells. Vis­i­tors can even browse the hu­man genome and iden­tify how changes in DNA can be an­a­lysed af­ter­wards and linked to dis­ease.

Other par­tic­i­pants will bring the more prac­ti­cal side of health­care to the fes­ti­val. Based in St John’s Street and in­side Casino Maltese, dif­fer­ent areas of medicine will be cov­ered, show­cas­ing equip­ment such as de­fib­ril­la­tors to some far less fa­mil­iar spe­cial­ist ap­pli­ances that are used in au­di­ol­ogy or even po­di­a­try. Did you know that ther­mal cam­eras and equip­ment for pres­sure map­ping can be used to study your feet? If you spend some time here, you will cer­tainly know your body bet­ter than be- fore!

Bridging the way be­tween Casino Maltese and St Ge­orge’s Square, a few stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions will bring even more hands-on ex­per­i­ments and games to the area, round­ing off an in­sight into the dif­fer­ent facets of health­care, viewed from many dif­fer­ent an­gles.

The Sci­ence in the City − European Re­searchers’ Night fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by the Univer­sity of Malta, the Re­search Trust of the Univer­sity of Malta and the Malta Cham­ber of Sci­en­tists to­gether with a large num­ber of part­ners. It is funded by the European Com­mis­sion’s Re­search and In­no­va­tion Frame­work Pro­gramme Hori­zon 2020 (H2020, 2014-2020) by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ac­tions and recog­nised as a Fes­ti­val by Europe for Fes­ti­vals and Fes­ti­vals for Europe (EFFE). It is sup­ported by the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment, the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and In­no­va­tion and a num­ber of cor­po­rate spon­sors. The full pro­gramme can be viewed on www.sci­en­ceinthecity.org.mt or www.face­book.com/ScienceInTheCi­tyMalta

Par­tic­i­pants at last year’s Sci­ence in the City.

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