The First HPRU Open Day

HPRU open day from the back On Thursday 5 March Imperial’s three National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Units (NIHR HPRUs) held their first joint open day.

Imperial College hosts HPRUs in Healthcare Acquired Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, Modelling Methodology and Respiratory Infections.

The three HPRUs came together to share their work with members of the public and colleagues in both research and healthcare. The event was extremely successful, with over 50 visitors coming together to learn about the cutting edge research taking place at Imperial College London.

The afternoon was opened by Professor John Watson, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, who introduced talks from Professor Alison Holmes, Professor Neil Ferguson and Professor Ajit Lalvani. Following the talks, guests were invited to speak to Imperial College researchers about their work and take part in interactive research, including a game modelling the spread of infection and growing bacterial cultures from the dirt on their fingertips. The event concluded with thanks from Philippa Yeeles, the Director of Improvement and Engagement at the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility.

One visitor commented that the event was “an excellent exposition of this research endeavour and a call-to-arms for the public’s involvement.”


Ellen Clegg
Education Project Manager
Centre for Infection Prevention and Management
Faculty of Medicine

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