The Studio

The Studio showcases the latest in health-related research occurring in the Pacific Northwest. The featured theme and content in The Studio changes every six months, giving you an opportunity to learn about new advances in health research and the methods, challenges and opportunities associated with scientific innovation.

In The Studio, you can hear visiting scientists discuss their research efforts in the health sciences and learn about the cutting-edge science that is advancing understanding about health and wellness. You also have the opportunity to explore health-related careers.

Current Exhibit

Meet Your Microbes! June 2015 – December 2015

There are trillions of organisms living in and on your body. And it’s OK. In Meet your Microbes! learn about the microscopic organisms that help you digest food, process vitamins, protect you from infection or even, sometimes, make you sick.

Local researchers and physicians are working together to figure out what these little guys are doing and how we can help them help us. In Meet Your Microbes! guess where different microbes live on your body, how many live inside you, and how much they weigh. Zoom in on your microbes to see how big they really are.

Past Exhibits

Food Allergies: Game On
Fall 2014-June 2015

How do foods such as peanuts and shellfish have potentially deadly side effects for some and not for others? Food Allergies: Game On investigates what causes allergies and why some are potentially deadly.

Local medical researchers and allergy physicians are working together to shed light on to food allergies and how to create better treatments. In Food Allergies: Game On, learn what happens when you have an allergic reaction; investigate how scientists are working to stop allergic reactions in their tracks; discover food allergies from around the world and compare them to those in our backyard; explore how your immune system identifies “invaders” and the research that combats these dangerous allergic reactions.

Additional resources:

http://www.worldallergy.org
http://www.allassoc.com/patient-education
http://www.foodallergy.org
http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/Focus-on-food-allergens
http://www.aafa.org

Building A New You: Harnessing The Power Of Stem Cells
June 2014 – December 2014

The exhibit explores the stem cells in YOUR body right NOW and also what scientists are doing to stem cells in labs in the hopes of curing diseases. It features local Seattle labs – the Chuck Murry Lab at the University of Washington, which works with heart stem cells and hopes to treat cardiovascular disease in people – the Colleen Delaney Lab at The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center uses donated umbilical cord blood to cure leukemia – and across a few labs in the Seattle area scientists are creating a “kidney on a chip,” which is a model kidney for use in drug testing. Come and explore how your stem cells help grow and repair your body on a daily basis, while also seeing what these amazing little cells can do in a lab.

Disease Detectives: West Nile Virus in Washington
December 2013 – June 2014

Have you ever wondered were diseases came from, how you found them, how you tracked them? Come join the hunt for West Nile virus in the newest Studio exhibit, Disease Detectives: West Nile Virus in Washington. Find out how new research at Washington State University and ongoing monitoring at the State Health Department are helping to keep you safe. Visit The Studio within Wellbody Academy to use your detective skills to find out which mosquitoes can transmit the virus, how the virus infects people, and what you can do to protect yourself!

Minds and Machines
June 2013 – December 2013

Spurred by new understanding of how the brain works, local science labs are learning how to use brain signals to compensate for injury or lost function. In Minds and Machines, you’ll meet several of these scientists and learn what’s at the cutting edge of neuroscience research. Visit The Studio within Wellbody Academy to use your brain waves to compete against another player in Mindball, check out neuroscience-related jobs on the Career Machine and see a real human brain.

Next Generation Genetics
October 2012 – June 2013

Spurred by advances in technology, local scientists are making new discoveries about how and when our genes contribute to health and disease. In Next Generation Genetics, you’ll meet several of these scientists and learn what’s at the cutting edge of genetics research.

Global Health
June 2012 – February 2013

The Studio opened in June 2012 in a temporary location with an exhibit on Global Health. All people desire a healthy life for themselves and their families, and attaining a good standard of health for all people is one of the goals of Global Health. This exhibit examines how scientists’ research in the Pacific Northwest is positively impacting the health of people around the world.

Programs
The Studio features daily hands-on activities led by Pacific Science Center staff on select topics in the health sciences. On the first Saturday of most months, you can talk with local scientists at Scientist Spotlight. These programs are included in the price of general admission–FREE for Pacific Science Center members.

Volunteer Opportunities
We work with local scientists to create exciting exhibit and programs that focus on current health science research. If you are a scientist or researcher in the Seattle area looking to get involved, we invite you to learn more about this excellent program.

For more information please contact Beth Gibson, Media & Content Specialist for Portal to the Public, bgibson@pacsci.org or (206) 443-3357.

The Studio Supporters
This project is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health and a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.