Year 7 Science students from Indooroopilly State High School performed a DNA extraction experiment and voted on presentations from scientists as part of an inspiring visit to the Translational Research Institute (TRI).
Translational research is a process that involves teams of patients, clinicians and researchers working together to solve health challenges faster. The work is driven by the needs of patients, a question formed by a clinician and a solution sought by a scientist.
The 30 students were brought into the TRI’s state-of-the-art SPARQ-ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland) facility for an introduction into what is being done at TRI.
Students were excited to perform a DNA extraction experiment on strawberries at the TRI, which is located in Princess Alexandra Hospital at Woolloongabba.
After a tour of the TRI workplace and laboratories, students were brought into one of the auditoriums where scientists and researchers working at TRI presented their research to students.
This ranged from cancer research to bandages created for deep wounds. Students then voted on the best presentation and the winning scientist received $500 to go towards their research.
The TRI involves clinicians and scientists from its four founding partners: The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Mater Medical Research Institute and Queensland Health.
Indooroopilly State High School Associate Principal – Junior Secondary, Timothy Barraud, and Head of Department – Partnerships, Digital, Learning, Aerospace and Aviation, Matt Reid, are the Department of Education’s high school representatives on a board that looks at the TRI educational experience for students.
The excursion was made possible through the efforts of Indooroopilly SHS teacher Jessica Spence.
Science teachers Annie Sutherland and Matthew Antoniolli accompanied the students.
“We were extremely proud of the way our students conducted themselves and how much praise we received on the day from both organisers and PhD students,” Ms Sutherland said.
Indro’s TRI visit in photos