Healthcare professionals planning leave to look after a new baby can often face a barrier in staying ahead in the genomics revolution.
Genomics is such a fast-moving field that some of our Genomic Medicine Masters students didn’t want to postpone their studies while on maternity leave.
Fortunately, we found a solution that was so innovative that Jon Snow of Channel 4 News came to have a look.
Joining us on our Bioinformatics module were two robots – or avatars – linking our medicine students directly into the lesson – the first time this technology, which was developed for sick children, has been used in this way.
Jon spoke with both of the mums – Paediatrician Neeta Lakhani in Milton Keynes, and Quan Yang, a Pharmacist in London – and also to Education & Training Lead Gemma Chandratillake (pictured on Channel 4 News, left), who talked about the importance of facilitating professional women to continue their education while also supporting them during parental leave.
If you want to see the robots in action, or hear from our students about the experience, footage is available on Jon Snow’s blog.