Spring daffodils at Foresterhill

Photo of daffodils outside Ashgrove House

Spring daffodils in flower outside Ashgrove House on the Foresterhill Campus.


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.

Resistance – Film screening and panel discussion

Staphylococcus bacteriaThursday 21st November
Belmont Cinema
49 Belmont Street
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 –


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.

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.

Medical Library Team

Terra Nova @ The Suttie Arts Space

– Special Collections Centre

The Suttie Arts Space in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been created by Grampian Hospitals Art Trust as a quiet space which is not a café or a waiting room where can you go to rest, meet up or recoup for the next part of your journey.

The current exhibition is Terra Nova from the FOUND Collective. FOUND is an Edinburgh-based art collective and band with a membership that changes over time. Currently, the art collective primarily consists of Ziggy Campbell and Simon Kirby, whereas the band features Ziggy Campbell and Kev Sim.

The Terra Nova installation is based on photographs taken by Dr William Clark Souter in 1903 when he sailed to Antarctica on the ship Terra Nova to rescue Captain Scott’s ship Discovery from the ice. These photographs have been combined with recent images of Antarctica taken from Google Street View using special software.

FOUND Collective

Dr Souter, a junior doctor at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, was asked to act as the ship’s surgeon. He was a keen photographer, and was tasked with documenting the expedition, the crew, their shared lunches of lemons and biscuits, journeys by dog sled, and particularly of the pioneering ballistics work to force a safe path through ice led by Captain Harry McKay of the Terra Nova. His photographs are now housed within the University of Aberdeen Special Collections Centre.

Google photographers have now gone to Antarctica with backpack cameras that allow imagery to be captured on foot, so you can follow in Dr Souter’s steps using Google Street View.

Purpose built software scans the horizon of these images and uses the data within to trigger sounds. New abstracted images are created as a side-effect of the scanning process and these are displayed as a static “snapshots” on the gallery walls, and as a moving image of the data that the installation is processing in real time.”

Ziggy Campbell and Simon Kirby – FOUND Collective

The Terra Nova exhibition is on until 14th February, so if you have a few minutes do visit. The gallery is free and is open 24/7.

Medical Library Team

The NHS Knowledge Network

The NHS Knowledge Network is a major online electronic library with over 5000 online journals, over 80 major databases, more than 5000 electronic books and much more. It is available to all NHS staff in Scotland and to a range of NHS partners, including all undergraduate and postgraduate students who undergo placements or training with the NHS and social services, those providing education and training to NHS and social services staff, and students and researchers working in partnership with the NHS. Most Medical Library students are eligible for access!

It is a valuable resource for students as it provides access to many major journals which the University of Aberdeen does not subscribe to.  We receive many Inter-Library Loan requests for articles which are available through the NHS Knowledge Network. Some of their journals are freely available, but to get the full benefit of the service you will need to apply for an Athens username and password.

Register for access here:


If you already have an Academic/University/College Athens account you will still need to register separately for a Knowledge Network Athens account, as it provides access to a different collection of resources. Your application for a username and password may take 1-3 working days to process, as your application needs to be reviewed and approved.

Medical Library Team