Physiology Friday

Model of human heartFriday 12 October 2018
First Floor, Suttie Centre
Foresterhill Campus

The Physiological Society in Aberdeen is organising an afternoon of demos of how your body works, and featuring Dr Derek Ball’s Edinburgh Fringe comedy show.

  • Get moving – how muscles move
  • See what you think – record your brain activity
  • Have a heart – ECG heart recordings
  • Breathe easy – test your lungs
  • Fight the flab – Muscle or fat? Feel the difference.
  • Two heads are better than one – Stem cells & regeneration
  • You don’t look well – Latest human patient simulator
  • Rhythms of the night – How important is your body clock?

Test yourself demos on how your body works 12.00 – 5.00 pm
Dr Balls’ comedy show Drug use in sport – Dae ye have a sick line, ken? at 12 noon only

Directions on getting to the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.



9U inter-campus bus service timetable 2018

9u-bus-smallTravelling between the Foresterhill and King’s campuses?  The 9U shuttle bus timetable can be viewed online here:

9U bus timetable (web)
9U bus timetable (PDF)

Please note: The service has remained unchanged since September 2014.

It is open to staff, students and, on prior arrangement, visitors to the University on a first come first served basis.

Staff and students will be able to use the service free of charge at point of use on production of a staff/student ID card.

The service is a private service so is not open to members of the public. It is a limited stop service and will not stop between sites.

Buses are accessible vehicles; either low floor or fitted with a lift.
If you have any queries regarding the accessibility of the service, please email

If you have any queries about the service please contact:


Med-Chi Lectures: Refractory Depression and OCD

Thursday 12th April 2018 Medico chirurgical society crest
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7 pm – 9 pm

Modern Management of Treatment – Refractory Depression and OCD

Talk by Dr David Christmas, Consultant Psychiatrist in the Advanced Interventions Service  at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee. He has been in his current post since 2006. Prior to this, he was a clinical lecturer in the University of Dundee.

His research interests include neuroimaging of mood disorders and the neurosurgical treatment of chronic, treatment-refractory depression and OCD. He is a proponent of evidence-based psychiatry.

The Advanced Inventions Service is a Scottish National Specialist Service for the assessment and treatment of chronic, treatment-refractory depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

All are welcome to this talk. A finger buffet and tea/ coffee are available from 6:30 pm.

Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here (map).

What is an FFC-MRI scanner and how can it benefit patients?

Thursday 15th March
Suttie Centre Lecture Theatre
6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

In 1980, the very first scan of a patient by MRI was carried out at the University of Aberdeen. Read our blog post World’s first MRI scanner now on display to find out more.

Now a new generation of scanners has been designed and built here. Called “Fast Field-Cycling MRI”, the devices switch rapidly between strong and weak magnetic fields, generating extra diagnostic information for the doctors who read the scans. Hear from the team behind this new technology. They will explain how the FFC-MRI scanners work, and how clinical trials using a prototype scanner are already helping medical staff to see more about their patients’ condition.

This event is led by the members of a European consortium called IDentIFY, Improving Diagnosis by Fast Field-Cycling MRI. This €6.6M research project is funded through the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. The project involves partners from 9 sites across Europe, led by The University of Aberdeen.

The event is part of British Science Week. It is free and no booking is required. Go to the British Science Week  web pages to view the full programme of events organised by the Aberdeen Branch of the British Science Association.

Rescheduled talk: Unlocking patients with dementia

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 15th March 2018  
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7 pm – 9 pm

Rescheduled talk by Andy Lowndes, Deputy Chair and ‘The Music Detective’ of Playlist for Life.

Andy Lowndes, a former psychiatric nurse and a recently retired academic from Glasgow Caledonian University, is one of the founders and Deputy Chair of the music and dementia charity, Playlist for Life. which helps people living with dementia and their families to track down the music that has formed the soundtrack to their lives.

All are welcome to this talk. A finger buffet and tea/ coffee are available from 6:30 pm.

Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here (map).

Volunteers wanted: Does time pressure influence food choice?

Pilot volunteers needed to help us understand the relationship between time pressure and food choice. You will be invited to a face-to-face interview, lasting 45-60 minutes, to discuss your views and experiences about time pressure and food practices including food shopping, preparation, cooking and eating.

We are looking for:

  • Men and women
  • Aged 18-64 years
  • Living in Aberdeen City
  • Currently in paid employment working over 15 hours per week

If you are interested in taking part then please contact:

Lucy Sam (Rowett Research Institute, Foresterhill Campus)
Telephone: (0)1224 438726

We look forward to hearing from you!