Science students show they have a heart

Students Laura Jackman, Cristina Staicu and Robert Sandler take part in the British Heart Foundation day at the University of Sheffield Medical School.
Students Laura Jackman, Cristina Staicu and Robert Sandler take part in the British Heart Foundation day at the University of Sheffield Medical School.
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YOU can’t accuse this lively lot of not putting their hearts into their studies...

Students and staff from the cardio-vascular science department at The University of Sheffield proved commitment to their cause by hosting a fundraiser in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Laura Jackman, Cristina Staicu and Robert Sandler were among student medics who pulled on joke wigs, buttoned up crimson clothing, and decorated the medical school with bright balloons for the charity’s Wear Red to Work Day - in return for making a cash donation.

Cakes and biscuits with scarlet icing were sold to fellow students and staff, and more cash was collected in tins around the site.

Money raised will help with the charity’s new Mending Broken Hearts appeal, which aims to fund a programme of research in regenerative medicine to find a cure for heart failure.

Stem cell studies and developmental biology will, it is hoped, work out how to repair or replace damaged heart muscle to literally ‘mend broken hearts’ in as little as 10 years’ time.