Biomedical science in Bermuda

Ref: HLS-R1-005-2018

Eligibility

Biomedical Science students enrolled on BIOM2060 Professional Skills 2 are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.

Description

As part of this trip, DMU students will co-run science workshops with local Bermudian students aged between 14 and 18 years old in the local high schools. In these workshops they will teach about biomedical science practice, the possible career opportunities and what paths there are to enter the field.

Furthermore, the DMU students will facilitate hands-on activities where they will guide the Bermudian students in scenarios where they will look at GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and diagnosis of a very common disease in Bermuda, Sickle Cell. This will introduce the essential molecular biology techniques of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and DNA gel electrophoresis whilst highlighting the real-world applications of molecular biology such as DNA analysis in diagnostics and food quality.

The DMU students will assist teaching about PCR and DNA Sequencing at the 2nd Annual Bermuda National High School Science Competition. In the afternoon they will be team leaders for the 8 high school teams involved in the competition.

To broaden the DMU students’ horizon of international opportunities in the field of biomedical science, they will visit both the Bermuda Hospitals Board clinical biomedical science laboratories and the BIOS research biochemistry laboratories. In the clinical lab, they will readily interact with local biomedical scientists who work in various fields such as blood transfusion, biochemistry, hematology, histology and microbiology. In the research lab they will see how Bermuda’s unique access to sea urchins is helping scientists understand the principles of ageing, muscle regeneration and cancer.

Cultural activities

Cultural activities will include a group visit to key historical sites such as the Bermuda Crystal Caves, the Royal Naval Dockyard and the historic town of St George. Students can also tour the island independently to get a sense of how a British overseas territory operates.

Travel and accommodation

Flights and accommodation for this opportunity will be booked independently by the student.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Bermudan immigration requirements. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Bermuda as a visitor, but you must book accommodation before you arrive. Visitors are usually granted entry for 21 days. For further enquiries about visas, visit the website of the nearest British Embassy or High Commission, or the Government of Bermuda website. If you have any specific questions, email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice.

Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Thursday 1 November 2018
  • Return date: Saturday 10 November 2018
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £900
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food and drink, visas and vaccinations (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 June 2018 9am