Welcome to this blog showcasing student experiences on trips to Africa organised by DASH (Department of Applied Science & Health) to offer an international perspective to our students.

Only a few will be lucky enough to travel to Africa, but I hope you will all follow the updates on our projects there and be involved in supporting them.

Dr Pat Lund

DASH to Malawi 2014, 2015 and another planned for 2016

The first work experience trip for 12 students from our department (DASH) was  in August-September 2014; 19 went on the second trip  in 2015.

More information on the 2016 trip at


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Patricia Lund

I teach on cell biology, human genetics and cancer biology modules in the Department for Applied Sciences & Health (DASH). I have organised a work experience trip to Malawi (first one in August 2014) using contacts and experience from my field work in Africa and started this DASH to Africa blog to engage all our students (and others) in our international engagement.
More about my research: studies on the genetic condition albinism in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Ghana have been wide reaching with multiple partners and funders. Information has been gathered on the frequency of albinism in different populations, mutations in the gene causing the condition, sun protection strategies adopted to reduce the risk of developing sun induced skin damage, health (especially genetic) care for this vulnerable group, education (mainstream versus special schools) and social perceptions (and misconceptions) about albinism in African communities. These multi-faceted studies have been enriched by collaborations with local albinism associations in Africa and. I have also been privileged to meet many families with albinism.

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