Community Outreach

Phun Week 2016


The LSUHSC Department of Physiology has at the core of its mission the training, mentoring, development, and promotion of the future generation of biomedical researchers. With support from the American Physiological Society (APS), our faculty and trainees have reached out to the Greater New Orleans community by bringing science out of the laboratory and in to the classroom of K-12 students. During the recent annual Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Week teachers and physiologists worked together to allow students to participate in scientific learning activities that instructed them on how the heart works, how respiration and blood pressure are controlled, and how muscles contract. This year, faculty and trainees reached more than 500 students at over 17 different classrooms in schools in New Orleans, Metairie, and the North Shore. Participating schools included Fontainebleau High School (10-12th), Holy Name of Jesus School (K), Mandeville High School (10-12th), John Quincy Adams School (6-7th), Ben Franklin High School (11th), St Angela Merici School (3rd), Florida Avenue Elementary School (4th), and Crocker College Prep (1st). We believe in promoting science education at a stage when students are in their early formative years, bringing scientists out of the laboratory and into the school to excite the future generation of science leaders in our community.

For more information about this activity, or to request a visit to your school, please contact Dr. Jason Gardner in the Department of Physiology at or 504-568-6187.



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