Chancellor Dame Katherine Grainger PhD explores innovative research on visit to Oxford Brookes University

Friday, 14 December 2018

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Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Dame Katherine Grainger met with researchers on Wednesday 12 December 2018, as part of her visit to the redeveloped Sinclair building, which is home to the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Headington Campus.

Dame Katherine had the opportunity to gain insights into internationally renowned research and teaching being carried out in the field of Health and Life Sciences. Researchers explained a range of their work, including the use of virtual reality to study cells, spider embryos, single cell analysis of flatworms and the nervous systems of nematodes.

Oxford Brookes’ groundbreaking medical research into Down’s syndrome detection and fertility treatment used in clinics all over the world, was developed by Prof Nigel Groome at Oxford Brookes' health labs. This features in the Universities UK MadeAtUni campaign as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs.

Commenting on the recognition, Dame Katherine said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the University to be featured in the UK’s Best Breakthrough list. We’re extremely proud of the work of our academics and the huge difference they are making to people, lives and communities.

 "The MadeAtUni campaign is an incredibly important initiative for Oxford Brookes University as it allows students, alumni, the local community and the wider population to understand the work that we do and the impact it has.”

Dame Katherine recorded a Youtube video about pioneering work developed at Oxford Brookes University, which you can view below:

Sinclair provides teaching and research space for nutrition, sports coaching and psychology courses.

There is also a dedicated new home for the Bioimaging Unit in the Sinclair Annex, where  teaching and research in molecular cell biology takes place. The redevelopment of the Sinclair building is ongoing and is scheduled to be completed in 2019, with a project investment of around £22 million.

Dame Katherine Grainger is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympic rowing athlete. She is the first British woman to win at five successive games, including gold at London 2012 and silver in Rio 2016.

Dame Katherine took on the role as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes in 2015 and her latest visit to the University's campus will raise further awareness of the the important work being carried out by students and academics working in Health and Life Sciences.