Royal Seal of Approval for Dundee Science Centre Showcase

From Alzheimer’s and heart attacks to endometriosis, some of the most fascinating medical research being undertaken in Scotland was highlighted at a schools’ event hosted at Dundee Science Centre today (Wednesday 9 March 2016).

HRH Pricess Royal ARThe Medical Research Scotland ‘Meet the Researcher’ Showcase, which was attended by its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, aims to inform and enthuse senior school pupils about medical research and the diverse range of careers open to them. 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.

Over 30 pupils and their teachers from schools throughout Dundee, Angus, Perthshire, Fife and Edinburgh enjoyed careers talks from Professor Bill Hunter, Professor of Structural Biology at the University of Dundee and Dr Vanessa Duncan, Senior Research Associate, Novabiotics Ltd.

They also had the chance to informally network with a group of 12 Medical Research Scotland funded researchers from universities across Scotland, and hear more about their work and their careers. The research topics on show ranged from neurodegenerative diseases and tissue imaging to cancer treatments and the next generation of medical devices.

Pupils also had the chance to interact with the University of Aberdeen Marine Biodiscovery Centre’s ‘Build a Medicine’ exhibit, while the Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) in Dundee brought their endoscope and model gut.

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

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NOTE TO EDITORS

Schools represented were: Grove Academy, Dundee; Morgan Academy, Dundee; Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy; George Watson’s College, Edinburgh; St Leonards School, St Andrews; Waid Academy, Anstruther.

Medical Research Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest, independent charitable funders of biomedical & clinical 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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