The zombies are back! – From Bugs to Drugs Open Day

by | Nov 13, 2014

Have you ever wondered how medicines are made? What the ingredients are, how medicines work, how they reach the right part of the body and how their performance is tested?

To find out the answer to these questions, and much, much more, come along to University Place at the University of Manchester, 11-3pm on the 29 November 2014.

This family-orientated community open day will cater for all ages, from primary school pupils to high school pupils and even parents and carers. The idea behind the event is for the Manchester Pharmacy School, in conjunction with Gilead Sciences, to demonstrate the various stages involved in making medicines through a range of fun and informative activities.

Set against a public health theme, visitors will be invited to journey through the different stages of the drug development process as we look to find a cure for a new and highly infectious (and of course fictitious!) microorganism that turns human beings into zombies if infected. Where else will you not only get the opportunity of visualising microorganisms, but also follow the spread of the mysterious infection, extract some DNA for analysis, design and test a new ‘antibiotic’ and produce some creative packaging for the new medicine.

Research scientists from both the University and the Pharmaceutical Industry will be there to answer any of your questions and information will be available about how to train as a pharmacist. In addition, ‘Mother Hen’ will be present to lead 6-12 year olds in a role play activity where they will learn to hunt zombies and help make a secret potion that will destroy these flesh eating creatures forever!

The Open Day will also involve active contributions from local and the neighbouring community making this an event not to miss. Entrance is free, so put the date in your diary now and come along on the 29 November and help produce a much needed new antibiotic!

Posted on behalf of Dr David G. Allison, Reader in Pharmacy Education, The University of Manchester