Got a budding scientist or doctor in your house? Want to know medical discoveries are made?
The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Laboratories is throwing open its doors and offering free guided tours of its labs. Located at Herston, QIMR has a long and proud history of medical research. The need for such a facility was conceived by Dr Edward Derrick an early pioneer and medical researcher. The centre opened in 1947 with a focus on research into infectious diseases and was housed in old army huts near Victoria Park.
Early site at Victoria Park (courtesy of QIMR)
Now almost 65 years later, the centre is housed in world class accommodation and also conducts cancer research. In April this year QIMR researchers announced a breakthrough in treating the spread of breast cancer.
The centre has 50 laboratories, over 500 staff and almost 100 students. It has some very prestigious staff including five Australian Academy of Science Fellows and two National Health and Medical research Fellows. Do you know how many petri dishes this many scientists use? Well apparently each year the centre uses 36,000 petri dishes.
Tours of the facility last around two hours, include a guided tour, an audiovisual presentation, morning/afternoon tea and the chance to hear from some of Australia's leading researchers. The next tour will be held on Tuesday 28 May with subsequent days in June, August, September, October and November. The tour is free but you do need to RSVP online