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The Diabetes research team engaged with a local school event that aims to raise the awareness of how mathematics is involved in the workplace. Jon Hassler-Hurst (lead paediatric research nurse, Clinical Research Network: Eastern) developed three activities that would illustrate how mathematics is involved in healthcare and clinical research.

The children from years 5 and 6 (ages 9 to 11) took part in weighing each other to calculate a medicine dose, measured each other's height to look at statistics (mean, median, mode and range) and reviewed the data from an imaginary clinical trial to establish which was the better treatment by calculating percentages.

Approximately 180 children were engaged over six sessions delivered by research nurses Jon Hassler-Hurst, Fiona Riley and Jo Rosier.

The team were impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and above all, the questions they asked about healthcare, clinical research and diabetes. Some of the questions they asked were very close to the latest research questions being explored by cutting-edge research across the UK and the world. Now research has been introduced to these children we feel there may well be some researchers in the making at Sidegate Community Primary School.

Read the poster about the event.

INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. INVOLVE is funded by and part of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). 

More information can be found at www.invo.org.uk