Science in the City at UT Southwestern

More than 200 North Texans of all ages spent a recent Saturday delighting in the joy of discovery at UT Southwestern. They were invited behind the scenes into the labs of physician-scientists studying some of the most critical conditions of our time.

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[Reporter] 10-year-old Hope Medrano.

[Hope] This is really cool.

[Reporter] Can think of no better way to spend a Saturday.

Not a lot of people get to learn this stuff.

[Reporter] Her family joined more than 200 north Texans.

So we're using nano technology.

[Reporter] Who got a glimpse into what research scientists and physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center experience every day as they celebrate the joy of discovery.

The thing that really probably surprised me, the heart can get really big, that surprised me.

[Reporter] There was no shortage of demonstrations and hands-on experiments, exploring heart, cancer, and brain research at the second annual Science in the City, a partnership with the Dallas morning news.

It's just amazing to see the labs It was really amazing, and to know that they don't let people in those just any old time, that's a pretty special chance.

It is so much fun for us to be able to share what we love about doing science. And we have a special place here, we like people to meet our scientists and we want them to understand, at the end of this, the discoveries we make are gonna be things which actually impact health and help us find better treatments, better medicines, better ways of making people healthier.

[Reporter] And that's precisely why Angela Medrano jumped at the opportunity for her and her children to learn more.

We have elderly grandparents in the scene, and my mom lives with us, so we experience a lot of health issues where we have to go to the ER, so they know that these places deal with grandma's health, but they don't know more than that, so to see what's in these buildings, they're not all hospitals, a lot of them are doing a lot more with health than we ever know.

[Reporter] She hopes seeing heart cells beat, brain synapses fire, and cancer cells glow, instill a drive in her daughters to pay it forward and investigate some of the most impactful conditions of our time.

When I'm raising my daughters, I just want them to have every opportunity to find out anything that will influence their future, and so any chance for them to see something a little bit more in depth, that might just turn a switch in their brain and say, hey, I might want to do that, I wanna learn more.

[Reporter] A hunger for education that can have a life-saving impact.

That's what science is about, you make a discovery and you realize you're the only one in the world that knows this, and then the next step is let's make this known. If we don't communicate, if we don't do what we're doing with Science in the City and other things, we're not doing our job as scientists.

[Reporter] It's outreach like this striking a chord with the community and inspiring an enthusiasm for exploration, or, at the very least, sparking wonder and curiosity.

I like the brain but I didn't want to touch the brain because I don't really like touching organs, but that was really cool.