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Dr Jessica Ash, from the Department of Psychiatry visited MP George Freeman, the life sciences minister, at the House of Commons for a week in Westminster.

Dr Ash was taking part in a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science, with support from the Government Office for Science.

The week began with a reception in parliament where Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Science and Universities spoke about the value of UK research and the important role of scientific advice in parliament.

Jessica Ash said: 'My interests lie in the next wave of disease prevention by integrating personal technology into the fabric of everyday life to promote sustainable communities of health. I am very fortunate to pair with George Freeman, who shares many of the same goals in using technology to improve lives. It is critical that scientists and politicians keep open lines of communication to inform policy and decisions that ultimately improve public health.'

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