Paul Farrelly, Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, visited the School of Life Sciences today to meet researchers working on cancer and and the tropical diseases malaria and leishmaniasis.
The visit follows a presentation by Dr Helen Price (Faculty of Natural Sciences) and Dr Paul Horrocks (Faculty of Health) last September in Westminster to the All Party Parliamentary Group for malaria and neglected tropical diseases.
As well as touring the research facilities in Keele's Huxley building, including Containment Level 3 laboratories used for human pathogen work, Mr Farrelly also talked with staff about the role and impact of Keele University within the local community.
A round-table discussion covered a range of topics including Higher Education funding, voter registration for students, the recent HE Funding Council for England award for Life Sciences and Keele's recent excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Speaking after the event, Mr Farrelly said: 'I would like to thank the staff from Keele University for an interesting and thought provoking visit.'
He added: 'I congratulate them on their recent success in REF and look forward to continuing to work with Keele University on these and other issues'.
Paul is pictured, from left to right, with: Anne Loweth (Acting Dean), Helen Price (Lecturer,), Dave Hoole (Head of School of Life Sciences) and Catherine Merrick (Lecturer).