The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is proud to be encouraging community engagement with medical research through innovative displays and exciting interactive experiences. All visitors have the opportunity to visit a range of community areas designed to educate and inspire people of all ages by sharing the fascinating and complex world of medical research.
Exhibitions include spectacular four metre high LED screens showing fluorescent cell images which reflect the research within the Perkins building. The displays on three screens have been programmed to appear in complementary colours and the effect of the slow moving images is artistic, harmonious and soothing. Visitors who would like to learn about the images’ content can easily access this information on strategically placed, secured ipads. Touching an image on the ipad will reveal its source and the field of research as well as providing a brief, easy to understand description of the cells and their activity.
The western end of the foyer is the backdrop for two huge (10 metre) back lit graphic images of two humans, male and female. The images have been developed from MRI scans. This large-scale display can be read from a distance as an abstract artwork. Close inspection of different parts of these ‘bodies’ will reveal information about the main fields of medical research within the Perkins building. The narrative is about the health of the human body – the focus of research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. A set of LED fittings are programmed to operate as a light beam behind the membrane, which travels across the length of the installation to give the impression the bodies are being scanned.
In front of the reclined bodies are two LCD monitors, which run over the surface of the graphic image. The monitors are programmed to reveal research being undertaken in the building that corresponds to the area of the body the monitor is atop.
First Floor Exhibition
The exhibition on the first floor provides a very different experience, taking visitors down an ‘information corridor’. These display information about medical research in a historical context and also include details of scientific discoveries. Important scientific moments explained on the panels include the discovery of DNA and human genome project. One of the displays is the original mould sample which marks the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming. Those viewing the display can see research tools including the pipette and learn about methods such as crystallography and sanger sequencing. The exhibit also includes discoveries by researchers within the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and outlines the impact on the community.