THE Hunter Medical Research Institute is keen to show off its new digs and showcase its research to the public.
The institute will open its doors tomorrow to the public for the first time, giving tours of its new state-of-the-art laboratories and Clinical Trials Centre.
HMRI communications manager Mark Rothfield said the open day was being held in the school holidays to encourage primary school-aged children to come along.
Children will be able to explore more than 25 displays, which will include toxicology booths with venomous Australian spiders, computer-based cognitive testing and respiratory equipment to test asthma.
The open day will have a question and answer session with researchers fielding questions from the public.
The Hunter Medical Research Institute started with an initial list of 90 researchers 15 years ago and today it has more than 1200 researchers.
The forum will include epidemiologist John Attia, endocrinologist Roger Smith, and geneticist Nikola Bowden, who leads the way in melanoma research.
Dr Bowden is one of many world-renowned researchers at the Hunter institute, and hopes to one day tailor the diagnosis and prognosis for individual melanoma patients.
In February, she received a second two-year grant through Cure Cancer Foundation Australia, to further explore the DNA repair factor, focusing on developing tests to determine melanoma aggression and progression.
■ Go to hmri.com.au for more information about the Hunter Medical Research Institute open day, tomorrow, Thursday, September 26, from 1pm.