Dr Pablo Lamata is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a Sir Henry Dale Fellow. His research on personalising surgery for babies born with a serious heart disease is funded by Action Medical Research and as part of this was invited along to a reception at Buckingham Palace to present his work.
As researchers, it is our duty to transmit our passion for our work, to tell the rest of society about the challenging problems we are addressing, and the very exciting pathways we are taking to tackle them. This duty became an extremely fulfilling experience on 4th May 2016, when we had the chance to directly transmit this passion to the Duke of Edinburgh and to guests at a reception that was held at Buckingham Palace.
The reception was organised by Action Medical Research, a charity that funds a project about the use of computational models to improve surgical decisions at our Department of Biomedical Engineering. The event brought together the trustees, the donors and the researchers funded by the charity. As researchers, we had the chance to meet the altruist people that are making our progress possible and to directly thank them for their support. We provided them with a wide portfolio of research activities that are being conducted in order to improve the life and health of children, which is the focus of Action Medical Research.
The event was perfectly organised, down to the last inch. His Royal Highness is an extraordinary person, with 94 years on his shoulders, and sharp to provide a speech, to meet each of the 100 guests that were in the room, and to follow our scientific explanations of our research. We heard some very nice words from Prof. David Edwards, reminding us of the importance of medical research and the charity’s work to save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children.
We would like to thank once more Action Medical Research, its altruist donors, and everybody that is making our research work possible!