CVS Staff and Students Demonstrating at Edinburgh International Science Festival

CVS Staff and Students Demonstrating at Edinburgh International Science Festival

This year some volunteers from the Centre for Cardiovascular Science will present ‘Heart Factory’ at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on 5th and 6th April at the National Museum of Scotland.

The activity, organised by Francesca Vacante and staffed by Axelle Caudrillier, Julie Rodor, Ian McCracken, Antonio Maglitto, Eoghan Forde, Bonnie Nicholson, and Ilaria Passalacqua, is part of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Event, coordinated by Sari Pennings, CVS, “Amazing Bodies From Science to Future Medicine”

The Heart Factory project aims to explain, in a very interactive and simple way, the process of atherosclerotic plaque formation. The target audience is children from 4 to 12 years old.

The game consists in a path with 4 main steps:

  • the supermarket: kids will be invited to choose their favourite foods.
  • the converter: the foods will be converted into units of sugar, proteins or lipids.
  • the blood vessel: the amount of sugar, proteins and lipid composing each chosen food, will influence the development of atherosclerotic plaque.
  • the end: the result is represented by the ‘healthy’ or ‘disease’ state of the heart 

There will also be posters explaining more about this progressive process in detail  and what we do in our research centre in order to better understand the mechanisms underlying the pathology of atherosclerotic disease.


“Amazing Bodies From Science to Future Medicine”

Get hands‐on with human and animal body themed activities and find out how science will advance future medicine through technologies, genomics and stem cells. Experience
how lungs inflate, how deep your breath is, what is inside your body, heart and brain and under your skin, and your disease risk factors.