Just why is fat bad for the cell? Using Lipidomics to understand disease.

Thursday 6th April 2023 – 7pm The Med Chi Hall, Foresterhill

Professor Jules Griffin’s research focuses on the application of analytical chemistry to study metabolism at a global level in metabolic diseases. Prof Griffin and team have developed and applied metabolomics and lipidomic tools to investigate aspects of the metabolic syndrome and how nutrition interacts with health across the life course. At the centre of this research has been a desire to understand why fat metabolism can be so detrimental to the cell.

Prof Griffin received his D Phil in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, where he used 13C NMR spectroscopy to study metabolism in the brain. His first Post doctoral position applied similar approaches to study cardiac metabolism at Harvard Medical School. He took up a second post doctoral position at Imperial College London, joining during the early stages of the development of metabolomics/ metabonomics. Here, he applied these new omic tools to understanding how fat metabolism impairs cell function and has been studying this subject ever since.

Pro Griffin was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship which is held at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge. In 2011, he took up a joint position with MRC Human Nutrition Research and the University of Cambridge as programme leader. This was a transformative appointment, allowing his group to move their focus from model systems into human nutrition and experimental medicine. They also developed a number of high throughput metabolomics and lipidomics tools for cohort studies to examine the metabolic syndrome. In July 2021, he joined the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen as Director.

This seminar will discuss how state of the art analytical chemistry techniques can be used to understand the role of lipids in the cell and how the regulation of lipids can go wrong in diseases of over nutrition that currently threaten to overwhelm the National Health Service.

Non members welcome. CCPD self certification forms available. Finger buffet, tea and coffee available from 6:30pm

The Heritage Evening

29th March 2023 7pm-9:30pm

Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Road, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD
Introduced by President Mary Joan MacLeod.

This is an open meeting and an ideal opportunity to invite guests.
Refreshments can be purchased from the cafe which will be open
until 7pm

Professor James Grieve will give an appreciation of the work and
achievements of Professor Matthew Hay, the distinguished Medical Officer
of Health in Aberdeen, who retired 100 years ago.
Then Dr Jill Evans, Public Health, will speak –
Challenging times ahead for population health but deterioration and widening
inequalities are not inevitable. It was Professor Hay’s vision that there
could be a group of buildings, co-located on the land at Foresterhill, to
provide the best hospital care with opportunities for teaching and research.
Remarkably the hospital buildings, opened in 1936-38, were financed by
voluntary contributions. Thus, in the second part of the evening, we shall
acknowledge examples of the ongoing generosity and support given by
volunteers in the North East.
Professor George Youngson will reflect on Charitable Giving for Health.
Guest presenters include
− John Booth, CEO, VSA Aberdeen
− Marie Douglas from the Patient
Partnership Programme
− Paula Cormack from the Archie Foundation.
Representatives from The Seven Incorporated Trades will have information about their long history of charitable work and several Medical Student Societies will illustrate and answer questions about their work.

Med-Chi Lectures: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger remote ischemic conditioning in stroke and vascular dementia”

Thursday 2nd March 2023 – 7pm via Zoom

Professor David C Hess MD, a stroke specialist, federally funded investigator, honored educator and biotech entrepreneur, is the 27th Dean of the Medical College of Georgia and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Integration at Augusta University. Dr Hess also continues to serve as Presidential Distinguished Chair and as a Professor in the MCG Department of Neurology. He is a graduate of the John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School Medicine. He is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Vascular Neurology.

As MCG Dean, Dr Hess has helped oversee the most significant curriculum change in MCG’s history to better address the need for more primary care physicians in Georgia and beyond to enable all students to better tailor their medical education to optimally meet their future practice plans.

A prolific physician scientist whose focus is improving stroke treatment and recovery, Dr Hess has nearly 220 peer reviewed publications and has been involved in basic, pre-clinical and clinical stroke research. He currently is the Principal investigator on three National Institutes of Health grants and an NIH Covid-19 supplement award. Dr Hess helped develop the REACH telestroke network in rural Georgia that now numbers more than 20 hospitals. REACH enables timely stroke diagnosis and treatment by using the internet to eliminate distance between patients and stroke specialists.

Dr Hess has a major interest in the area of remote ischemic limb conditioning (RIC) as a treatment for acute ischemic stroke and vascular cognitive impairment. He has an NIH-funded study to determine if red blood cell markers are involved in how RIC works and if they can predict stroke outcomes. He serves as the Associate Editor of the journals Conditioning Medicine and Transitional Stroke Research.

A passionate educator of students, residents and fellows, he has received numerous teaching honors including the MCG Educator of the Year Award and multiple Exemplary Teaching Awards. In 2012, he received MCG’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award and the Distinguished Research Award from the university’s Research Institute. In 2001, he received the Humanism in Medicine Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. In 2020, he was honored with the MCG Faculty Senate Spirit of MCH award.

Non Members welcome. Email medchi.admin@abdn.ac.uk for Zoom link and CPD Self certification forms.

Study Spaces in the Medical Library

We have a space for everyone here at the Medical Library! We have a variety of study spaces here so that you can choose a space suitable for you.

Non Silent Study Spaces

The non silent study spaces are on the Ground Floor and First Floor where you will find areas which are suitable for group work or individual work. On the First Floor, there is also a Project Room (bookable for 2 hours) which you can book for group work at the issue desk

Floor 2

Floor 2 is a quiet study floor which is suitable for group work and individual work. Conversations and interactions with others should be kept at a low volume to avoid disturbing others.

Floor 3

Floor 3 is a silent study floor. Conversations should be kept to a minimum at all times on this floor as conversations might disturb those who are working around you.

Ground Floor Refurbishment

The Medical Library staff would like to welcome everyone back the library, we hope you all had a good festive break.

We are excited that the refurbishment of the ground floor is now complete and we are looking forward to the space being used. The photos below show the ground floor before the refurbishment started, the progress and what it looks like now! We hope that you enjoy using the space and thank you for your patience.

Merry Christmas from the Medical Library!

Photo of a snowman

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

The library will close at 12 noon on the 23rd of December and re-open after the Christmas break at 9 am on the 4th of January 2023.

The Sir Duncan Rice will have limited opening from the Monday 26th – Friday 30th of December. Check the Library website for Opening Hours during the festive period.

We are looking forwarding to seeing you in the New Year to make the most of 2023!

Med-Chi Lectures: “Innovation as an Enabler of Recovery, Reform and Sustainability in Health and Social Care”

Thursday 3rd November 2022 – 7pm via Zoom

Medico chirurgical society crest

Professor Dame Anna Dominczak is Chief Scientist (Health) for the Scottish Government and Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She was awarded an OBE for services to medicine and a DBE for services to cardiovascular and medical science. Recognised as a world leading cardiovascular scientist and clinical academic, her major research interests are in hypertension, cardiovascular genomics, and precision medicine, where she not only publishes extensively in top peer reviewed journals (over 500 publications), but also excels in large scale research funding for programmes and infrastructure. From 2010 – 2020, Professor Dominczak was Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow. She was the driving force behind the fundraising, development, and delivery of the University of Glasgow’s clinical academic campus at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, home to a Clinical Innovation Zone from which she led a triple helix partnership between academia, the NHS and industry to accelerate innovation. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, European Society of Cardiology, and the Society of Biology. From 2013 to 2015, she was President of the European Society of Hypertension. She is the past President of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland.

Dame Dominczak is a member of several editorial boards and, from 2012-2022, was Editor in Chief of Hypertension, journal of the American Heart Association, currently she is Editor in Chief of Precision Medicine due to launch in 2023.

In March 2020, Dame Dominiczak successfully led the establishment of Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow to provide rapid Covid-19 diagnostics, and then was asked to become Director of Laboratories at the UK Department of Health and Social Care to lead all 10 Lighthouse Laboratories across the UK, the role she fulfilled till 2022.

Email medchiadmin@abdn.ac.uk for Zoom link and CPD Self Certification forms. Non members are welcome.

Presentation of 2022 Strachan Bursary.