Med-Chi Lectures : Physiotherapy for the Royal Ballet

Providing Physiotherapy for the Royal Ballet and the Challenges of Hypermobility
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Thursday 7th December
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
7 pm – 9 pm

Talk by Miss Moira McCormack MSc, Physiotherapist and Dance Specialist.

Moira was trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced with the Royal Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada and London Festival Ballet. After a dance career she trained as a ballet teacher working internationally before embarking on physiotherapy training at Guy’s Hospital.

Moira has been working for many years as a dance specialist physiotherapist and was Head of Physiotherapy at the Royal Ballet Company in London for 13 years.  She now works part-time to allow PhD studies at University College London. Her interests are hypermobility in dance, classical ballet training and reducing the risk of injury in the profession.

Moira teaches on the Diploma in Dance Teaching at the Royal Ballet School and lectures for the MSc in Sports Medicine and the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. She is also currently providing physiotherapy services to the production of ‘An American in Paris’ in the West End.

Over the last 15 years she has seen huge progress in the way dancers are cared for in the UK and this serves only to inspire further research and initiatives to enhance the art form.

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 (map)

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Resistance – Film screening and panel discussion

Staphylococcus bacteriaThursday 21st November
Belmont Cinema
49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen
6.00 – 7.30 pm

A documentary about the threat of antibiotic resistance organised by the Immunology & Infectious Diseases Society. A limited number of free tickets are available through Eventbrite at –

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resistance-film-screening-panel-discussion-tickets-38733759718

Seventy years ago antibiotics revolutionised medicine. Only now are we realising the potentially catastrophic consequences of these miracle drugs. The question is: have we reached a point where we must save antibiotics to save ourselves? Resistance sets out to answer that question and more.
Microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights propel this eye-opening and sometimes infuriating look at antibiotic resistance, starting from the first mass production of antibiotics to the rise of the superbugs in the 21st century.
Come to the Belmont Filmhouse for the first ever Scottish screening of this thought provoking documentary. A panel of University of Aberdeen researchers and NHS Grampian staff will follow the film with an open discussion on one of the major global issues of our time.

Exploring chocolate and health

Aberdeen Science Centre
21 September 2017
19:00 – 20:30

Aberdeen Science Centre invites you to find out about Stuff Worth Knowing at a series of evening talks.

Professor Alexandra Johnstone is a Senior Research Fellow and UK Registered Nutritionist based at the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen. She will discuss recent research to explore what we eat and why we eat, including some chocolate tasting to whet the appetite for knowledge about nutrition and health.

Speaker Professor Alexandra Johnstone
Venue Aberdeen Science Centre
Contact sonia.watson@asc.scot

Health and Wellbeing Day – Foresterhill

Tuesday 30th May
Suttie Centre Atrium (Level 1)
Foresterhill
11 am – 2.00 pm

Following the success of the Health and Wellbeing day in January a second event will be held for University staff on the Foresterhill Campus.

There will be a range of sessions for staff to participate in, as well as information stands which will showcase some of the facilities and expertise available. Get involved in a number of physical activities on the day with:

  • Yoga led by our Sport & Exercise Time (advanced booking available via the Coursebooking system)
  • Resilience taster sessions
  • Rowing challenge
  • BMI analysis
  • And much more

Chat with representatives from:

  • The Rowett on healthy diets and nutrition
  • Aberdeen Sports Village about their facilities, fitness plans and assessments
  • NHS Grampian on support available to stop smoking
  • PAM ASSIST on the advice, invaluable information, specialist counselling and support available for staff.

A full schedule is available here. Please note that timings may change, regular updates will be posted on StaffNet. For more information on any of the events, please contact Naveed Qamar, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

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Med-Chi Lectures: The Art of Medicine

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 18th May
Suttie Centre Lecture Theatre
Foresterhill
7 pm – 9.30 pm

Medical Humanities in the curriculum – how did it start?
In the 3rd year of the Medical Undergraduate Curriculum the students have an opportunity to study Medical Humanities.  Professor Hamish McKenzie will review the evolution of this change in the curriculum.  Several undergraduates will present their work on History of Medicine, Art and Creative Writing.

Medical Humanities – the future?
University of Aberdeen Staff who have been tutors will attend to comment on the work and the benefits of this part of the curriculum.  Society Members will take part in the discussion to highlight how observations made by the students are relevant to attitudes and decisions in clinical practice.  Dr Leeanne Bodkin will review the approach of other Universities and potential developments.

The cafe in the Suttie Centre will remain open until 7 pm. Parking is available in front of the Polworth Building, entry from Cornhill Road between 6 pm &7 pm. The exit barrier will raise automatically on leaving.

This event is free and open to the public, no booking is required. Directions to the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

Medical Library Team
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Med-Chi Lectures: Making a Splash

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 4th May
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
7 pm – 9 pm

Patrick Miley, father and coach of Commonwealth gold-medallist Hannah will give an insight into the highs and lows of sport and the secret of being a successful coach.

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In April 2016, in a partnership between University of Aberdeen, Scottish Swimming and Aberdeen Sports Village, Patrick Miley was appointed High Performance Swim Coach with the University of Aberdeen.

As part of the University’s Sport & Exercise Team, Miley – father and coach of Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Hannah Miley – leads the development of performance swimming within the University, and looks to establish Aberdeen as one of Scottish Swimming’s four Performance Centres.

Based at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre, he provides leadership and direction to support the pathway for talented swimmers within the City of Aberdeen and the North East Region.

Patrick Miley is a former soldier, triathlete and North Sea helicopter pilot, who has worked with Ian Thorpe and three-times US Olympic gold medallist Brooke Bennett, and coached Miley from day one.

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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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
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