Hunter Medical Research Institute reveals scientific secrets at open day

SECRET FORMULA: Research officer Dr Jonathan Paul and PHD student Marina Llicic having fun in the Mad Scientist Selfie Booth at last year's HMRI Open Day.

SECRET FORMULA: Research officer Dr Jonathan Paul and PHD student Marina Llicic having fun in the Mad Scientist Selfie Booth at last year's HMRI Open Day.

IF you have ever wanted to know what scientists wear underneath their labs coats, now is your chance to find out.

All the mysteries of laboratory life will be unveiled next week when the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) unlocks its doors to the public for its second annual open day.

About 1300 researchers and more than 200 PhD students are connected to the institute, making it one of the biggest science-based employment sites in the region.

HMRI researchers cover a diverse range of fields, studying things such as melanoma and pregnancy.

Events at the open day include an interactive research expo, a kids' corner, a behind the scenes high school tour, a research laboratory and clinical trials centre tour, research information sessions, a question and answer research debate, and a meet-the-researchers cocktail party.

Activities in the kids' corner include making "cells" from biscuits, observing microscopic organisms living in pond water and discovering the bugs that grow on our hands.

Students will be able to watch a live extraction of DNA as well as being challenged to solve a disease mystery.

Adults can enjoy some family-focused physical activity sessions in University of Newcastle's Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition.

■ The HMRI Open Day will be held on Friday, July 4. For more information go to hmri.com.au/hmri-event/hmri-open-day.

HMRI open day timetable

Interactive Research Expo 1-5pm.  

Kids’ Corner:  1-4.30pm.

Behind the scenes high school tour: 2.30-4pm.

Research laboratory and clinical trials centre tours: 1.30-4.30pm.

Research Information sessions: 1-4:30pm.

Q+A Research Debate: 5.30-6.30pm.

Meet-the-researchers at our cocktail party: 6.30-8pm ($30).

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