BUDDING medics at Solihull Sixth Form College attended a masterclass at the University of Birmingham to support their ambitions to pursue a career in the subject.
Students on the College’s Pre-Medical School enrichment took the trip to the University of Birmingham campus to attend the masterclass, which was entitled, ‘Drug Discovery Beyond Carbon: A World of Possibilities in The Periodic Table’.
Learners explored the possibilities of expanding the choice of atoms from the periodic table for drug discovery, including how nature uses metals in a varied range of functions from DNA replication to muscle movement and enzyme activity.
They also learned about metal-based diagnostic tools that help scientists to understand disease and therapies that manage arthritis, bipolar disorders and beyond.
Assistant Principal Trevor Irving said: “Enrichment is a fundamental way the College extends our students’ learning and the Pre-Medical School is one such enrichment geared specifically towards those young people who have serious ambitions to pursue Medicine.
“It is a highly competitive field to progress into, but exciting opportunities like this masterclass provide our learners a helping hand towards achieving their dreams.
“This particular opportunity gave students the chance to explore a fascinating branch of Medicine, while also getting a taste of undergraduate study.”