Breakthrough lecture on fight against HIV

The first school in the UK to specialise in science and healthcare has collaborated with renowned UK institutions and leading academic figures to present a breakthrough lecture exploring the global fight against HIV.

On Wednesday February 11, Liverpool Life Sciences UTC delivered the second instalment of ‘UTC Transmits’ – a series of lectures designed to challenge stereotypes and educate young people on the nature of retro viruses, vaccine and drug development.

At the event held in The University of Liverpool’s Muspratt lecture theatre, Life Sciences UTC students from Year 12 and 13 engaged with leading international academics, expert practitioners, leaders in drug discovery and people who live and work with HIV.

Beth Gwyther, Year 13 student at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, said: “This is the second UTC Transmits event that I’ve attended, the first event focussed on malaria, whereas today’s event has focussed on how HIV affects the body and drug development.

“UTC Transmits studies one subject from lots of different angles and perspectives – we’ve heard from professors from The University of Liverpool and consultants from the Royal and Broadgreen hospitals, but we’ve also heard from sexual health workers and people living with the virus.

“Today’s event has given me a thorough understanding of HIV including the prevention of the virus and the creation of modern vaccines.”

UTC Transmits is held in association with the event’s host, the University of Liverpool, The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, RedX Pharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb and HIV support charity, Sahir House.

Attendees present at the event included Life Sciences UTC students, members of the school’s faculty, nationally respected academics and key-speakers including Professor Bill Paxton, University of Liverpool Institute of Global Health, Dr Mas Chaponda, Consultant HIV Physician, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust and Dr Mark Lawton, Consultant Sexual Health and HIV also from Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust. 

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