Science and the Human Heart

This video features three recent NWABR events: Youth Ethics Summit 2011, hosted at the University of Washington Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, then Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010, where hundreds of biomedical researchers met thousands of students, children, and families at Pacific Science Center, and finally Student Bio Expo 2011, where high school students presented art and science projects in categories ranging from music to molecular modeling to global health.

These educational programs and more are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), our members, and contributors like you. Donate to support science outreach and education at http://nwabr.org.

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The public as a full partner in science

Russell advocates: “Get the public involved as a full partner in science.”

Then, they will push the science and the scientists faster and more directly toward practical solutions. There are times a scientist may want to focus on understanding how every part of a process works, but the public may be more interested in working directly on the solution, especially in biomedicine.

Russell says generally that there needs to be more open dialogue and interaction between scientists and the public for the greater good. “I think that’s the promise of biobanks” she says, noting simply that biobanks don’t exist without samples from the general public.

Photo by Jeffrey Luke for CityClub Seattle