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Demonstrating the Use of Optical Fibres in Biomedical Sensing: A Collaborative Approach for Engagement and Education

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EPSRC IRC Hub in Optical Molecular Sensing & Imaging, Centre for Inflammation Research, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ, UK
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Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute of Photonics and Quantum Science, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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College of Science and Engineering Engagement Team, King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3BF, UK
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James Watt School of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Division, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8LT, UK
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Liberton High School, Edinburgh EH17 7PT, UK
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St. Margaret Mary’s School, Glasgow G45 9NJ, UK
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Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC), Dunfermline KY11 8UU, UK
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Sensors 2020, 20(2), 402; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20020402
Received: 23 October 2019 / Revised: 19 December 2019 / Accepted: 23 December 2019 / Published: 10 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Biomedical Sensors)
This paper demonstrates how research at the intersection of physics, engineering, biology and medicine can be presented in an interactive and educational way to a non-scientific audience. Interdisciplinary research with a focus on prevalent diseases provides a relatable context that can be used to engage with the public. Respiratory diseases are significant contributors to avoidable morbidity and mortality and have a growing social and economic impact. With the aim of improving lung disease understanding, new techniques in fibre-based optical endomicroscopy have been recently developed. Here, we present a novel engagement activity that resembles a bench-to-bedside pathway. The activity comprises an inexpensive educational tool (<$70) adapted from a clinical optical endomicroscopy system and tutorials that cover state-of-the-art research. The activity was co-created by high school science teachers and researchers in a collaborative way that can be implemented into any engagement development process. View Full-Text
Keywords: endoscopic imaging; fluorescence imaging; fiber optics; medical imaging; medical optics instrumentation; lung disease diagnostics; public understanding/outreach; high school/introduction medicine; interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary endoscopic imaging; fluorescence imaging; fiber optics; medical imaging; medical optics instrumentation; lung disease diagnostics; public understanding/outreach; high school/introduction medicine; interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary
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    Description: Supplementary Materials: The following are available online at (https://doi.org/10.7488/ds/2587): There are five separate documents. (1) STL files for 3D printing parts of the educational tool - CAD design files for 3D printing of all parts. (2) Templates for graphs - All templates that must be printed for calibrating the device and recording results. (3) Instructional video - A full instructional video for assembling and calibrating the tool, and taking and interpreting the data. (4) Design, troubleshooting and variations for the educational tool contains full technical instructions with diagrams for assembling the tool and performing any troubleshooting necessary. (5) Teaching material - Supporting teaching material in the form of a booklet that can be read by students for biomedical and optics research context.
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Ehrlich, K.; Parker, H.E.; McNicholl, D.K.; Reid, P.; Reynolds, M.; Bussiere, V.; Crawford, G.; Deighan, A.; Garrett, A.; Kufcsák, A.; Norberg, D.R.; Spennati, G.; Steele, G.; Szoor-McElhinney, H.; Jimenez, M. Demonstrating the Use of Optical Fibres in Biomedical Sensing: A Collaborative Approach for Engagement and Education. Sensors 2020, 20, 402.

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