The NIHR (Oxford) cognitive health Clinical Research Facility (CRF) introduced two students to the world of research by providing work experience placements in partnership with the charity in2scienceUK.
In2Science UK empowers students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential and progress to STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and research careers through high quality work placements and career guidance.
The students spent the week with the CRF team, sitting in on research assessments, informed consents and patient assessments, with practical sessions in the lab, and in physical assessments including blood pressure, pulse and ECG recording.
Juniper said, “Having patient interaction and an insight to how varied clinical research can be, has been so valuable, and has completely solidified my interest in working in mental health research in the future. Thank you to everyone at the CRF for being so welcoming and helpful during my time here!”
Lojin said ‘I am so grateful for this opportunity. I felt very welcome and comfortable with everyone. I am truly impressed by all the hard work and dedication that is put into research. Thank you for your time and effort in organising this amazing experience.’
Dr Katy Smith, clinical lead at the CRF and Honorary Consultant psychiatrist was their mentor for the week and said ‘It was a great experience to host the students. They have been eager to learn, enthusiastic and with lots of insightful questions. The whole team enjoyed sharing our knowledge, and we provided a really varied experience through the week. We are passionate about clinical research in cognitive and mental health and it was a great privilege to be able to share this with the next generation of aspiring scientists and clinicians’.
More about the CRF here.