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'From Bugs to Drugs' Open Day Extravaganza

08 Apr 2014

Get the answers to all your questions about medicine on Saturday, 10 May (11am – 3pm) at University Place

From Bugs to Drugs

Have you ever wondered:

  • How medicines are made?
  • What the ingredients are?
  • How medicines work?
  • How they reach the right part of the body and how their performance is tested?

Find out the answers to these questions, and much, much more at 'From Bugs to Drugs' Open Day Extravaganza, hosted by Manchester Pharmacy School.

This family-orientated community open day will cater for all ages, from primary school pupils to high school pupils and even parents and carers.

The event will give the Manchester Pharmacy School, in conjunction with Gilead Sciences, the opportunity to demonstrate the various stages involved in making medicines through a range of fun and informative activities.

Set against a public health theme, visitors will be invited to journey through the different stages of the drug development process as we look to find a cure for a new and highly infectious (and of course fictitious!) microorganism that turns human beings into zombies if infected.

Where else will you not only get the opportunity of visualising microorganisms, but also follow the spread of the mysterious infection, extract some DNA for analysis, design and test a new ‘antibiotic’ and produce some creative packaging for the new medicine?

Research scientists from both the University and the pharmaceutical industry will be there to answer any of your questions and information will be available about how to train as a pharmacist.

In addition, ‘Mother Hen’ will be present to lead 6-12 year olds in a role play activity where they will learn to hunt zombies and help make a secret potion that will destroy these flesh eating creatures forever!

The event will also involve active contributions from local and the neighbouring community.

Entrance is free, so put the date in your diary now and come along and help produce a much needed new antibiotic!

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