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  • What is melanoma? How can it be prevented? How is it diagnosed and how is it treated? In this game, you get the chance to discuss the prevention and treatment of melanoma and the role that should be played by government agencies, such as the health authorities.

    How do we play this discussion game in the classroom? Students get into groups of 8 to 12 to discuss the issues on the...

  • Here you will find a protocol and a PowerPoint presentation to perform a bacterial transformation in a lab. The protocol follows a line of biomedical research focusing on the study of a possible therapeutic target that could be recognised by a drug for atherosclerosis.

    This experimental protocol is the ideal opportunity for you to reproduce an experiment exactly how it is done at...

  • Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative disease that affects a person's mental abilities. The patient suffers progressive memory loss and is increasingly unable to perform even the most basic tasks. In the final stages of the disease, sufferers are confined to bed and depend entirely on the people around them. As yet, there is no cure for the disease.

    With this experimental protocol,...

  • Obesity is a complex disease involving multiple factors (genetic, environment, economic level, etc.). It also leads to many other diseases. In this game we propose a discussion of the ethical, legal and social issues related to the topic. Do you think people should be forced to treat their obesity? What role should governments play? Which lines of research should we prioritise? Should the...


  • The process from carrying out research on a new drug until it is finally approved for sale in pharmacies is long, complex and requires considerable investment. This discussion game gives you the chance to talk over the ethical, legal and socioeconomic factors involved in the discovery and subsequent development of new drugs. These include such topics as pharmaceutical testing, investment...

  • Malaria is a common parasitic disease transmitted from person to person by mosquitoes. Three billion people are at risk of catching malaria, which caused 800,000 deaths worldwide in 2010. The WHO estimates that €4 billion will be needed to fight malaria in 2015. But how should the money be spent if we only manage to raise €3.500 billion of the €4 billion needed? Would you cut the funding...

  • In this debating game, young people get the chance to discuss ways to prevent HIV, who has access to treatment and how to overcome the stigma and discrimination of infected people.

    In many parts of the world, the treatment is expensive and hard to obtain; even in regions where there is effective prevention and treatment, the mental perception of the risk and social vulnerability...

  • This document provides information on the multimedia resources (videos, games, virtual experiments) available for this module on the Xplore Health site. For each tool, you will find teaching guidelines and an explanation of how to use them in class.

  • By following this protocol, you can take part in research to develop a vaccine that could be used to protect us from HIV and to help people who are already infected. You will analyse different variants of HIV and a real vaccine candidate from an AIDS research centre using a technique called electrophoresis. You will study whether the vaccine candidate would work against all variants of HIV....

  • By following this protocol, you can take part in research to develop a vaccine against malaria that, when combined with current measures, could significantly improve the control of this major parasitic disease. You will test several potential vaccines using a technique called ELISA and decide which is the most effective.

    This experimental protocol is the ideal opportunity for you...