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Our Kid: Medical Manchester, 1948 - 2008

Our Kid: Medical Manchester, 1948 - 2008

22 October - 29 November 2008 Manchester Central Library

'Our Kid' is a 7ft high steel sculpture in human form and the centerpiece of an innovative, new multimedia exhibition that charts changes in healthcare over the last 60 years.It marks the anniversary of the announcement in Manchester of the founding of the NHS. The figure is embedded with digital screens packed with information, interviews with experts, original Public Service broadcasts and forward-looking films made by local young people. Together they tell the stories behind the changing face of healthcare, the vital contribution made by research and the breakthroughs that came out of Manchester.

Alongside the installation will be a new graphic novel on display for the first time. 'Alisa's Tale: a short story', by acclaimed artist Al Davison, tells the story of a young woman with a genetic condition, in a witty, original and refreshingly honest look at dwarfism.

Our Kid - 60 years of progress: Leukaemia

There have been dramatic improvements in survival rates in leukaemia patients over the last 60 years. Manchester researchers have played a pivotal role in making this happen. Expert speakers will provide an historical perspective on leukaemia treatment and show why Manchester remains at the forefront of cancer research.

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr Emm Barnes, Wellcome Research Associate and Outreach Officer, The University of Manchester

Professor Tony Whetton, School of Cancer & Imaging Sciences, The University of Manchester

27 October 2008, 12.15 - 1.30pm at The Nowgen Centre FREE ADMISSION - booking advised Lunch provided

For further information please visit www.nowgen.org.uk

Our Kid - Manchester: Giving birth to IVF

Manchester medics were the pioneers of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). The first test-tube baby was born here and Manchester had the first fully funded NHS IVF clinic in the UK. Local experts will describe the development of the technology over the years and present the latest IVF research.

Confirmed Speakers:

Professor John Pickstone, Wellcome Research Professor, The University of Manchester

Professor Brian Lieberman, Medical Director, Manchester Fertility Services

28 October 2008, 12.15 - 1.30pm at the Manchester Museum - Kanaris Theatre FREE ADMISSION - booking advised Lunch provided

For further information please visit www.nowgen.org.uk

Our Kid - 'No jab, no school': When should the state dictate our health decisions?

Radio 4 presenter Quentin Cooper will chair this topical event amidst the continuing debate surrounding the MMR and HPV vaccines. What influences our decisions about vaccination and other health behaviours? To what extent should the state make choices on our behalf? Hear from different experts and have your say.

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr David Baxter, Consultant in Communicable Diseases, Greater Manchester Health Protection Unit

Professor Theresa Marteau, Professor of Health Psychology, King's College London

Dr Ed Sykes, Science Media Centre, London

28 October 2008, 6.00 - 8.30pm at URBIS FREE ADMISSION - booking advised Drinks and light refreshments from 6.00 pm Bar open from 8.30 pm

For further information please visit www.nowgen.org.uk

Our Kid - Tuberculosis: An unwelcome return

TB was one of the most common diseases 100 years ago. Research breakthroughs made TB a rarity in the UK, but still it has not been eradicated. Local researchers will describe the latest research in Manchester aimed at tackling the re-emergence of the disease.

Confirmed Speakers:

Professor Michael Worboys, Director of The Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine at The University of Manchester

Dr Lydia Tabernero, Senior Lecturer in Structural Biology, The University of Manchester

29 October 2008, 12.15 - 1.30pm at The Nowgen Centre FREE ADMISSION - booking advised Lunch provided

For further information please visit www.nowgen.org.uk

To book or to find out more contact the Events Team at Nowgen:
Tel: 0161 276 5956
E-mail: bookings@nowgen.org.uk
Book online: www.nowgen.org.uk/events