June 2016 saw the first ever MRC Festival of Medical Research take place in MRC units, centres and institutes across the country. With events and activities nationwide, this was an opportunity for investigators from the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit to showcase their work, its relevance and applicability, to the public and unit staff as a whole.
As part of the Festival, Dr Chris van Tulleken chaired an evening of talks and discussion in which scientists from the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit explored the science behind the so-called ‘obesity epidemic’, some of the reasons why some people choose to eat more than others, and why obesity causes adverse health consequences in some but not all.
Some comments from the audience
‘Interesting talks from different specialists, first time I have attended one of these talks, relaxed environment’
‘A most enjoyable event – our thanks to the speakers for giving up their free time to speak to us’
I most enjoyed ‘hearing new information, having questions answered by the speakers, speaking to other members of the audience …’
In a separate event, several early-career researchers at the MDU described their research for support staff at the unit, explaining what research they are doing and why, and helping inform everybody about the different studies taking place and the roles all staff have in moving these forward effectively.
The next MRC Festival of Medical Research will take place in June 2017. We look forward to taking part again.