5 May 2023
Jaenique T-H and Linda L, Lower Sixth
On Thursday 27 April, Lower Sixth students studying physics, and those hoping to study medicine, listened to a fascinating talk on “A physics light on cancer” by Professor Sarah Bohndiek from the University of Cambridge. This was the 2023 British Physics Olympiad Lecture, held at The Royal Society, London.
Often, the sciences are viewed as largely unrelated to each other, however, Professor Bohndiek explained how physics can be applied to cancer research, particularly in the area of medical diagnosis. She talked about technology that can be implemented into existing medical equipment to aid healthcare professionals in the early and more accurate detection of cancer, such as multispectral endoscopy alongside narrow-band imaging, which provides greater contrast and better imaging. She also explained various methods of testing that are required before a product or new process can be used commercially, such as immunohistochemistry validation (antibody testing) and ex vivo (out of body) testing.
Professor Bohndiek not only provided innovative insight into cancer research but also highlighted the importance of curiosity when approaching exciting challenges. Her words were a powerful reminder that there is always something new to learn and that patience is key on the journey to discovery.
We all left The Royal Society feeling a strong sense of motivation to continue exploring the fascinating and vast world of science.