The Science Behind ...

This page is home to a collection of resources all about breaking down the science behind conditions. They are resources created by young people for other young people that break down the science behind disabilities and chronic illnesses (their underpinnings, their treatments/helpful day to day strategies), in order to empower young people to feel they better understand what is going on inside their bodies/brains.

Please read/download/print them, we hope you find them useful. Any feedback you have, please get in touch. 

Dyspraxia
Group supervised by: Ellie Brownlie. 
Access this resource by clicking the download or print button on the PDF below, or, listen to it by clicking this link.

IBD
(Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease)
Group supervised by: Laura McCafferty
Access this resource by clicking the download or print button on the PDF below, or, access the plain text by clicking this link

Panic Disorder
Group supervised by: Ally Lloyd
Access this resource by clicking the download or print button on the PDF below, or access the plain text by clicking this link

About the Project

Not being able to find explanations as to what is actually happening inside your body, what your treatments do, or why you feel like you do is a really common experience for Disabled young people. We wanted to create resources that could provide these explanations, and empower young people to understand what is going on in their brains and bodies. 

We ran a callout for students of any subject who wanted to be part of this project, and ended up with amazing biologists, medics, psychologists, pharmacologists, and more! In teams of about 5 with students from a range of different areas of expertise, someone with lived experience, and a LUNA team member we got to work talking to people with lived experience, researching, and creating to produce the resources you see here. 

 

Dr Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel and Dr Bob Phillips also kindly shared their expertise on science communication with us.

A huge thank you to all the people involved in creating these resources - we couldn't have done it without each and every one of you.