The Curious Act

Sara Rankin is Professor of Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology at the National Heart and Lung Institute. She is also the Institute lead for outreach and is involved in a variety of public engagement and outreach activities. She recruited Ellen Dowell, a creative producer of science engagement, to join her team and establish their brand, The Curious Act.  

Together with staff and students from across the NHLI they have produced a number of creative public engagement events, including the exciting "Heart and Lung Repair Shop" and "The Heart and Lung Covenience Store".  Sara and Ellen talk to Vicky Brightman about their creative approach to public engagement and the success of their science pop-up shops.

Listen to Sara and Ellen's story.

Find out more about NHLI pop-up shops

Special delivery for the lungs by Nura Mohamed

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a disease affecting the lungs. Current drugs cause side effects, however research is exploring the use of tiny machines called nanoparticles to deliver the drugs and prevent side effects. Discover more about these tiny machines and how they work.

pulmonary arterial hypertension

Special delivery for the lungs by Nura Mohamed

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a disease affecting the lungs, discover more about new treatments

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a disease affecting the lungs. Current drugs cause side effects, however research is exploring the use of tiny machines called nanoparticles to deliver the drugs and prevent side effects. Discover more about these tiny machines and how they work.

The heart and lung convenience store

The heart and lung convenience store

Highlights from the heart and lung convenience store

Highlights film from The Heart and Kung Convenience Store, a pop-up science shop that opened in Hammersmith's Kings Mall from 19th October - 1st November 2015 as a science engagement activity with the National Heart and Lung Institute.

lungs microbes

Who's living in your lungs?

Join scientists who are researching microbes in the lungs

In this shop demo, join scientists researching microbes in the lungs and discover how different species of bacteria are identified using DNA extracted from throat samples.

Sara Rankin

Professor Sara Rankin at the Heart and Lung Repair Shop

Extracted mucus

Creative displays are in abundance in the NHLI's pop-up science shops

Diagnostic tools

The public familiarise themselves with the tools of the trade