A girl dressed as a nurse

Get arty with new dementia therapies, try your skills on the skins with a science drumming study, and explore all the other ways in which we’re improving health and healthcare.

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Explore the latest breakthroughs in everything from malaria and cancer to dementia and mental health.

Alongside these medical breakthroughs you’ll get the chance to enter a mocked-up hospital ward that’s been developed to simulate and improve patients' experience through our hospitals. Experts from our Ageing Research Unit will lead you on a virtual reality walk-through of what it’s like to experience dementia, and you can try your hands at new art-based dementia therapies with a David Hockney-inspired art class.

For younger Festival attendees we have opportunities to test their skills as future lab researchers by extracting DNA from strawberries, or get creative with a poster-making art-station making posters to help school children in Africa avoid nasty worm infections.

Alternatively they can also play the latest computer games designed to make children’s physiotherapy fun, or make a racket as they investigate the science of drumming - by testing their skills on the skins with researchers studying how performance can improve their health and wellbeing.