Daffodils on the Foresterhill Campus


The sculpture in the photo was created by the Japanese artist Hideo Furuta. The piece is called ‘Breathing’ and was commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1992.

International Women’s Day Conference 2017

On Wednesday March 8th, Marinella Johnston attended the 4th International Women’s Day Conference hosted by the University of Aberdeen. The theme for this year was ‘Inspiring Journeys’ and the very high quality panel of speakers included:

Hannah Miley – one of Scotland most successful ever female swimmers, who spoke about her career, which started at age 3, trained by her father. Now aged 27, she finds herself being referred to as a veteran, which makes her even more determined to defend her title for the 3rd time at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Carron Shankland, Professor of Computing Science at Stirling University, gave a very courageous, frank and emotional talk about the achievements and difficulties in her academic and personal life.

Dr Fiona Pienaar

Dr Fiona Pienaar has a 30 years career in teaching, which started in South Africa, where she was born. She told the audience the interesting story of how she met Nelson Mandela. She later emigrated to New Zealand and the UK. Her research has concentrated mainly on children’s experience of stress and coping. She joined http://www.theplace2be.org.uk in 2013.

Maysoun Odeh, who set up Nisaa FM, an all women Radio Station in Palestine, which has won various awards and fellowships.

Dr Jen Warren winner of 9 medals at the 2016 Invictus Games, as well captaining the first female disabled team to compete the Arch to Arc. After starting her career in the Army, she trained as an anaesthetist. As she said: ‘Disability might define what you can’t do but the only limit on what you can do is your imagination’.

Timipre Wolo, born in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria is a Law graduate of Aberdeen University, now CEO of TFN Energy Ltd.

It was a very interesting and inspiring day, which made it a good way to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Medical Library Team

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
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
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.