Demonstrating the Use of Optical Fibres in Biomedical Sensing: A Collaborative Approach for Engagement and Education

Katjana Ehrlich, Helen E Parker, Duncan K McNicholl, Peter Reid, Mark Reynolds, Vincent Bussiere, Graham Crawford, Angela Deighan, Alice Garrett, András Kufcsák, Dominic R Norberg, Giulia Spennati, Gregor Steele, Helen Szoor-McElhinney, Melanie Jimenez

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates how research at the intersection of physics, engineering, biology and medicine can be presented in an interactive and educational way to a non-scientific audience. Interdisciplinary research with a focus on prevalent diseases provides a relatable context that can be used to engage with the public. Respiratory diseases are significant contributors to avoidable morbidity and mortality and have a growing social and economic impact. With the aim of improving lung disease understanding, new techniques in fibre-based optical endomicroscopy have been recently developed. Here, we present a novel engagement activity that resembles a bench-to-bedside pathway. The activity comprises an inexpensive educational tool (<$70) adapted from a clinical optical endomicroscopy system and tutorials that cover state-of-the-art research. The activity was co-created by high school science teachers and researchers in a collaborative way that can be implemented into any engagement development process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number402
JournalSensors
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2020

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