Wellcome Image Awards 2017

Credit: Spooky Pooka

A digital illustration portraying a personal experience of Crohn’s disease is the overall winner of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017.

‘Stickman – The Vicissitudes of Crohn’s (Resolution)’ is a striking computer-generated image which conveys the physical and emotional experience of Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the digestive system.

It is part of a series incorporating Stickman, the alter ego of illustrator Spooky Pooka (Oliver), who has the disease.

‘Stickman’ is one of 22 winning images that showcase the best in science image making.

Fergus Walsh, BBC Medical Correspondent and a member of the judging panel, said: “This image is a stunning representation of what it must be like to have Crohn’s disease. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before in terms of the portrayal of someone’s condition: it conveys the pain and torment the sufferer must go through. The image really resonates and is beautifully composed: it’s a haunting piece.

The awards have been held annually since 1997 to reward contributors to the Wellcome Images collection for their outstanding work.

To find out more and to see all the winning images, follow this link to the Wellcome Image Awards 2017

British Science Week: film MOON

14 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 
Moon film poster

Speaker: Jerry Stone

Join freelance space presenter, Jerry Stone for a talk on 1970s plans for floating settlements in space, followed by a screening of the sci-fi film “Moon”.

40 years ago, plans were drawn up for large-scale settlements floating in space. Made of material from the Moon, they’d be home to thousands of people. Amazingly, all this was possible with 1970s technology — but there have been many advances since then. Join Jerry Stone, freelance space presenter leading a project at the British Interplanetary Society to re-examine these studies. The talk is followed by a 35mm screening of award winning British science fiction “Moon”.

Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Moon.

Moon was modestly budgeted but was well received by critics. Rockwell’s performance found praise as did the film’s scientific realism and plausibility. It won numerous film critic and film festival awards and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. (more at Wikipedia)

Admission is £6, Booking is required HERE. AGE 15+.

This event is part of British Science Week 2017. For the full programme CLICK HERE.

Med-Chi Lectures: The incidence of diabetes in Scottish children

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 2nd March
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
7 pm – 9 pm

Talk by Professor Norman Waugh, Professor of Public Health Medicine & Health Technology Assessment, Warwick Medical School

Norman Waugh (MBChB Edinburgh, DA, MRCP(UK), MPH, FFPH) is a part-time professor of public health medicine and health technology assessment in Warwick Medical School, and emeritus professor in Aberdeen. He was consultant in PHM in Grampian Health Board from 1993-1999, and professor of public health medicine in University of Aberdeen from 2003 till retirement in 2010. He is a member and former chair of the Scottish Study Group for the Care of Diabetes in the Young, and was curator of the SSGCDY register for many years.

Professor Norman WaughHis main activities in the last 20 years have been in health technology assessment, including trials. He is deputy chief investigator of the REPOSE trial of insulin pumps, and is also involved in trials in diabetic eye disease. His research interest has mainly been in diabetes, ranging from epidemiology to HTA, and he has led most of the technology assessment reports to support the work of policy-makers including NICE and the National Screening Committee.

The SSGCDY register has been used for monitoring incidence and outcomes. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in Scottish children is one of the highest in the world. This presentation will look back at trends in incidence and at variations within Scotland.

All are welcome to come to this talk. A finger buffet will be available from 6.30 pm and tea and coffee will be available afterwards. Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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Med-Chi Lectures: HPV vaccine – the sun sets on cervical cancer & my career

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 2nd February
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
7 pm – 9 pm

Talk by Professor Maggie Cruickshank, Director of NHS Grampian Research & Development

Professor Maggie Cruickshank graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1985. She was recently appointed Director of NHS Grampian Research and Development. She has a programme of research in pre-invasive disease of the lower genital tract with a focus on Human Papillomavirus infection (HPV) and  cervical screening. As honorary consultant gynaecologist, she leads the colposcopy and specialist vulva disorders services.

All are welcome to come to this talk. A finger buffet will be available from 6.30 pm and tea and coffee will be available after the meeting. Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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Do you like sugar?

Sugar cubesThe Rowett Institute needs volunteers for a study looking at how sugar habits develop over time. This study will involve 4 visits to the Rowett Institute on the Foresterhill Campus (free parking available) and some self-monitoring at home. All participants will receive £30 in reimbursement for their time and effort.

This study is recruiting men and women (not pregnant) aged 18+ who would answer “YES” to at least one of the following three questions:

  • Do you regularly consume sugar in your tea/coffee? OR
  • Do you regularly consume sugary soft drinks? OR
  • Do you regularly consume sugary breakfast cereals?

Jackie_DuncanContact Jackie Duncan

Tel: 01224 438795
Email: jacqueline.duncan@abdn.ac.uk

Jackie s a Research Assistant in the Metabolic Health research group.

Med-Chi Lectures: Politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 12th January
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
7 pm – 9 pm

Talk by Dr Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science with NHS Health Scotland

Dr Andrew Fraser graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1981. He was Director of Public Health in NHS Highland from 1994-1997, then Deputy Chief Medical officer in the Health Department of the Scottish Office, then Scottish Executive from 1997-2003.

Photo of Dr Andrew Fraser

Dr Andrew Fraser

He was responsible for advice on Public Health Policy, taking a particular interest in health protection matters, alcohol-related harm, health inequalities and the health of marginalised groups.

From 2003-2012, he worked in the Scottish Prison Service as Director of Health and Care.

His focus is on ways to narrow health inequalities in Scotland.

All are welcome to come to this talk. A finger buffet will be available from 6.30 pm and tea and coffee will be available after the meeting. Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

Medical Library Team
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Happy Christmas and New Year!

Red christmas decorationWe would like to wish all the Medical Library’s patrons and readers a very happy and relaxing festive period and new year.

The library closes at 12.00 on Friday, 23th December and re-opens after the Christmas break at 9.00 on Wednesday, 4th January. Our festive opening hours can be found on the library Opening Hours web page.

We look forward to seeing you all back here to make the most of 2017!

Medical Library Team
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