Leica Hosts Family Science Day

In July, the Leica Biosystems site in Melbourne, Australia held a Science Expo that was open to all associates and their families. Leica Biosystems Melbourne specializes in producing some of the world's best cancer diagnostic instrumentation and this was the first time they ran an event specifically for showcasing their role in the Anatomical Pathology workflow.  The event was well supported by 220 associates and their families taking time out for an excellent patient scenario simulation conducted by Leica's in-house scientists.

Leica Biosystem's mission statement of Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives resonated with associates, many of whom have a personal story of a loved one who has been impacted by cancer. However, many associates were less familiar with how Leica products were actually used in a cancer diagnosis and also didn't fully grasp the importance of Leica's unique 'beginning to end' integration of the Histology lab.

The lab tour began with a visit to the General Practitioner (GP) where a volunteer from each group had an imaginary skin lesion checked out. The GP took a biopsy, and the group then followed the path of the specimen into the lab and through each step of the histology to final diagnosis. The group learned the process at each stage and was able to see the final stained specimen with the Pathologist, who used digital scanning to display the microscope slide on a large computer monitor.  Along the way a "Sun Smart" message was promoted – with skin cancer incidences so high in Australia, it was a great opportunity to share this health and safety message.

In addition to the lab tour, a pop-up "Science Museum" kept the children busy building skeletons and human anatomy models, experiencing Virtual Reality goggles and 3D printers.  A five person microscope was also on hand to allow children to view a series of items such as crystals, insects and plants under the guidance of a scientist. For many, this was their first opportunity to see anatomical structures under the microscope.

The response to the Family Science Day was overwhelmingly positive with more than 300 people attending.