Building on Success: Another Society for Endocrinology Public Engagement Award for Dr Punith Kempegowda!

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Rounding off the year with some good news, we are pleased to announce that Dr Punith Kempegowda has been awarded a public engagement grant from the Society for Endocrinology, for the second year in a row!

The award will enable Punith to again work closely with IMSR’s public engagement lead, Dr Caroline Gillett to build on the success and lessons learned from last year’s experience conducting endocrinology masterclasses for school students in disadvantaged regions of the city. Take a look at some photos from this our previous activities below (images provided by the school). Previous work involved a series of hybrid activities with some researchers taking part in-person at the school to lead workshops whilst others joined in remotely over Zoom for careers Q&As, talks, lab tours and more. Students also learned about how to identity reputable pieces of evidence to back up claims and they worked on collaborative posters to collectively brainstorm solutions to endocrinology-related challenges such as reducing childhood obesity, tackling exam stress and supporting each other during future changes in puberty. We were impressed with the ideas and thoughtfulness of students suggestions.

This time the team will be adding in new goals to create educational materials on endocrine themes created by and for young people. This will be done by co-creation workshops with medical students and young people who then present their work to the scientific community.

Congratulations to Punith and many thanks to the Society of Endorcrinology for continuing to support this great work which aims to raise young people’s aspirations and interest in endocrinology careers and science!