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The OpenHealth Laboratory

The OpenHealth Laboratory logo is a round circle with a teal background which contains a drawing, in red, representing the human heart. There is also a yellow line, which goes from the left to right in the foreground, about a third of the way up the circle which represents the measurement of a human pulse which has a narrow peak at the middle of the drawing of the heart and then drops back down to the previous level. The text The OpenHealth Laboratory is to the right of the main circle.

The OpenHealth Lab encapsulates experiments and activities that are used in our Health Science and related qualifications.

Follow the links below to try some of our experiments:

A photo of a microscope with three objective lenses showing in the nose piece (turret). A slide is visible on the stage. To the right of the microscope there are two white cards that have photos on of the samples available on other slides. This image is also a link to the A-Level Virtual microscopy experiment on the OpenScience Laboratory.

A-level: virtual microscope

The A-level slide collection consists of 93 sections, including animal and plant tissues arranged into three sets (light boxes). The collection was chosen to illustrate the material which would be studied for A-level and GCSE biology in the UK.

A photo of a tissue sample as seen under a microscope. This image is also a link to the Histology & histopathology Virtual microscopy experiment on the OpenScience Laboratory.

Histology & histopathology

The histology and histopathology collection includes two sets (light-boxes) of normal tissues and ten sets of pathological sections grouped according to their tissue type. The entire collection constitutes 320 sections which are presented through a virtual microscope that models the functions of a conventional light microscope.

A picture that has a representation of a human breathing with their lungs visible into a Spirometer on the left-hand side. On the right-hand side is a representation of a computer screen showing the output of the Spirometer in the format of a graph. This image is also a link to the Spirometer Virtual microscopy experiment on the OpenScience Laboratory.


Spirometry is a simple technique used to measure the dynamic function of lungs. And this application, which is based on data collected from over 7,000 healthy human subjects, allows you to explore how lung function changes with age, height, and gender.

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