Urine Trouble: Featured Open Session

What do you put your kidneys through at Christmas and New Year? Do you feel you might have overdone the mulled wine and cocktails?

At the beginning of the year, when focus turns to taking a bit more care of our bodies, we will be taking stock of this hard working organ. We will think about what goes in and what comes out and how our kidneys ‘sieve’ out what’s not needed and what happens when this ‘sieve’ goes wrong?

For our ASCUS Lab Open Session on Saturday the 2nd of February we are delighted to be joined by kidney science researchers Adrienne Assmus, Oliver Teenan, Hannah Costello from the BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh.

For this interactive session, we will spend the day chatting abour current understanding of the kidney, take part in demos about how it works s and discuss how this relates to research at the BHF.

Come along to ASCUS Lab to chat to local researchers from the University of Edinburgh about kidney health. Get hands on with interactive experiments that show how responsive this complex filtration system is and how our urine helps us to build a picture of what’s going on inside.

Chat about how factors such as diet, lifestyle and age can have an effect on the kidney’s function and try out some ‘real science’ for yourself using colourful stains to make your own kidney slides.

Note: This event is an informal and experiential event to speak to scientists researching the mechanisms behind kidney function. If you have genuine concerns about your kidney health please see your GP or a medical professional. The tissue and samples for viewing on the day will be research samples from mice provided by scientists conducting research into human health. No tissues have been collected from animals specifically for this workshop.

More info…

Saturday 2nd February
11am, 12.15pm, & 1.45pm, 3.00pm
1 hour
Adult + Family (12+)
(U18’s must be accompanied by a guardian)
Recommended but not essential
(spaces are limited so do book to avoid disappointment)
Click and Register

If for reasons outside your control you have registered and are no longer able to make it then please make sure to cancel your registration so that someone else can take your space.

About the researchers

Adrienne Assmus, Oliver Teenan, Hannah Costello, are researchers at the BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh.

Adrienne Assmus
Adrienne is a postdoctoral researcher working on kidney physiology and the development of a kidney-on-a-chip (technology device that uses 3D printed structures to model specific functions of the kidney outside the body). She has a background in engineering and specialises in interdisciplinary research.
Oliver Teenan Oliver is a first year PhD researcher working on the early detection of chronic kidney disease, working to expand current understanding of measurable indicators in the blood (bio-markers) that show the severity or presence of some disease states using focused ultrasound on the kidney.
Hannah Costello
Hannah is a second year PhD researcher investigating the relationship between stress on the body (i.e. an increase in the release of stress hormones) and salt and its implications on blood pressure and kidney function.

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