Local School Pupils Enjoy Dundee Science Showcase

Over 60 school pupils and their teachers from Dundee, Aberdeenshire, Fife and Perthshire were inspired with a fresh sense of ambition after Dundee Science Centre hosted an event highlighting the diverse range of opportunities in medical research today (Tuesday 28 February 2017).

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Credit: Rob Eyton-Jones

Malaria, osteoporosis, cancer, lung and kidney disease were just some of the areas of pioneering medical research carried out in Scotland highlighted by the ‘2017 Meet the Researcher Showcase’, staged at Dundee Science Centre for the second time.

The event was the latest in the Meet the Researcher Showcase series delivered by Medical Research Scotland, with the aim of informing and enthusing senior school pupils about medical research and the wide range of careers open to them.

Pupils and teachers enjoyed careers talks from Professor David Harrison, John Reid Chair of Pathology, University of St Andrews and Dr Morag McFarlane, CEO Tissue Solutions Ltd.

The event also demonstrated Medical Research Scotland’s commitment to supporting the scientists it funds, who are at the earliest stages of establishing their careers, and promoting collaborative work between academia and industry.

Pupils had the opportunity to meet a group of 21 Medical Research Scotland-funded undergraduate and postgraduate researchers and their supervisors from universities across Scotland and find out more about their fascinating work.

The research topics on show ranged from how exercise affects the body clock, whether deep sea bacteria can fight cancer and the potential of fatty acids as a treatment for spinal cord injury.

Pupils also engaged with exhibitors who used innovative and fun ways to relay research on parasites, drug design and endoscopes from the University of Strathclyde, the University of Aberdeen Marine Biodiscovery Centre and the Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT).

Professor Philip Winn, Chairman, Medical Research Scotland said, “The Meet the Researcher Showcase aims to inspire and inform pupils about the wealth of careers linked to medical research.  The medicines, medical devices and diagnostic tools used in medical practice – as well as the basic biological understanding of diseases – require a huge amount of skill, expertise and effort before anything reaches medical practice.  By meeting real-life researchers who, in some cases, are just a few years older than themselves, and hearing from scientists engaged in truly pioneering work here in Scotland, we hope that pupils leave the event with a sense of ambition and of their own potential as they move towards university and on into their working lives.”

Schools represented at today’sMeet the Researcher Showcase’ were: Westhill Academy, Aberdeenshire;  Morgan Academy, Dundee; Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes, Fife; The Waid Academy, Anstruther, Fife; Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy, Perthshire; St John’s Academy, Perth; Strathallan School, Perth.

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NOTE TO EDITORS

Medical Research Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest, independent charitable funders of medical research.  Originally established in 1953 by Act of Parliament as “The Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust”, it became a fully independent Scottish charity in 2006 and is now known as “Medical Research Scotland”.  Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has been its Patron since June 2008 and its Chairman is Professor Philip Winn.

Medical Research Scotland focuses its support on promising scientists at the earliest stages of establishing research careers, through its short Undergraduate Vacation Research Scholarship awards; its 4-year PhD Studentships, which include close working with industry; and Medical Research Scotland sponsored Daphne Jackson Fellowships for returners to research.  It is not a ‘single-disease’ charity and supports research into any disease or condition.  For more information, visit www.medicalresearchscotland.org.uk.

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