BLF Hospital Fundraising Challenge – ONESIE FRIDAY!

Members of the Airway Disease Section at the National Heart and Lung Institute and Royal Brompton Hospital were encouraged to don themselves in their finest polyester all-in-one’s this last Friday for a gloriously fluffy 24 hours.

From monkeys to minions, the staff came out to support team ‘Too Posh to Puff’ and took over the lab in their incredibly stylish outfits. On what was one of the warmest days of the year (or at least August), the inspiring (and perspiring) researchers braved the heat and battled on through their experiments.

Together they managed to put the fun in fundraising and raised an astounding £193 on the day with donations still coming in!

Event one down and 3% target reached. Not bad for a (very) comfy day in the office!

Events coming soon: BLF BINGO, the Spartan race and the Harefield to Chelsea Hike!

Thanks for your support!

by Amy Day

Twitter: @teammacrophage


 Staff in Onesies        Picture3


Ready, steady, bake!

The first ever NHLI bake-off took place on Friday 31st of July. Competition was fierce, and the judges – Sara Rankin, Ellen Dowell and Miriam Moffatt (pictured below) – had a hard time on their hands choosing between diverse entries. The judges were happy to see that there were no soggy bottoms and that all cakes passed the crumb test. The winners of the bake-off were:

Technical Merit: Jennifer Simonotto, Rasheda Chowdhury and Grace Ma, who represented the Cardiac Function Group. Their technically impressive entry was a hypertrophied heart with a left ventricular assist device.

Outstanding Flavour: Ryan Robinson from the Respiratory Pharmacology Group. His delicious creation was the profiterole lungs – normal and a smoker’s.

Marvellous Decorations: Mary Morrell, representing the Sleep Group. Her beautifully handcrafted entry was a lemon flavoured bronchiole with alveoli.

Star Baker: Rebecca Ashmore – with assistance and encouragement from Tankut Guney and Breanna Fletcher – from Airway Disease. Their impressive winner creation was a complete set of beautiful lungs (pictured below).

Bake-off judging Lung cake

Thanks to the bakers and everyone who turned up to wonder at the creativity of our staff and consume lungs and diseased hearts – no better way of spending Friday teatime!

By Prof Sara Rankin

Springboard Women’s Development Programme

Enrolments are now open to register onto the next Springboard Women’s Development Programme starting in September. This award winning programme enables women to identify the steps they want to take, and to develop the skills and confidence to take those steps. Further information on the programme can be found here.

The programme consists of four development days set over four months and will be run on the South Kensington Campus on the below dates:

  • Friday 4thSeptember 2015, 9:30 – 16:30
  • Friday 2ndOctober 2015, 9:30 – 16:30
  • Friday 6thNovember 2015, 9:30 – 16:30
  • Friday 4th December 2015, 9:30 – 16:30

To enrol onto the programme please register via the website. If you have any queries, you can contact the PDC-Support Team.

Bring Your Child to Work Day 2015 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Registration is now open for this year’s NHLI Bring Your Child To Work Day taking place on Thursday 29th of October. All NHLI staff and students are welcome to attend! Please register by e-mailing Dr Maija Maskuniitty ( with the following details:

  • Your name and location (campus and building)
  • Your children’s names and their ages

Registration will close at 10 am on Monday 7th of September.

We anticipate a day filled with fun science-related activities across several NHLI campuses, and the event will conclude with a Halloween tea party on the South Kensington campus. Further details will be circulated nearer the time.

Studyshots Education Photography, Photography for University Brochures / Prospectuses, Summer Schools, Lifestyle Photography, Academy Photography, Thomas Angus
NHLI Bring Your Child to Work Day 2014



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