AMRC Science Communication Award Winner
British Heart Foundation's "Lab Live" project featuring Jana Koth (Roger Patient Lab) wins the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Science Communication Award for the category 'Engaging patients and the public'.
Lab Live was a Google+ hangout live from the Roger Patient Lab at the WIMM and it was accompanied by a video about Jana's work. The hangout was an opportunity for BHF supporters, including heart failure patients and the wider general public, to engage with a researcher and her work by asking questions via Twitter and Facebook. Lab Live was followed live by over 300 people on the evening of the 30th of March 2013 and has received many more viewings on youtube and the BHF website since.
Every two years the AMRC Science Communication Awards showcase the best and most innovative of their member charities’ communications work. Jeremy Pearson, the Associate Medical Director (Research) of the BHF and his team and Jana Koth were present at the Whitechapel Gallery in London for the ceremony on the 17th of March 2014 to receive the award. Some of the judges’ comments were that the event "Clearly increased supporters’ engagement with the charity" and that it was "Very innovative - other charities could learn from this." The BHF thanked Jana Koth, Roger Patient and the WIMM for making LabLive possible and accommodating them for the filming etc. and they have asked if it might be possible to repeat a similar event in a years’ time perhaps as an update.