Previous Engagement Events
'Meet the Researcher' Showcase in Dundee
The 2013 Meet the Researcher Showcase for senior school pupils took place at the University of Abertay Dundee on Wednesday 20th February. [Read about the 2012 Showcase in Edinburgh and the 2010 Showcase in Glasgow.]
In her capacity as Patron of Medical Research Scotland, HRH The Princess Royal attended the Showcase for about an hour, during which time she viewed poster displays of research carried out by seven recipients of 2012 Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships and two others of our grantholders. As well as meeting and talking to the young researchers involved, she also spoke to several of the pupils and teachers present.
HRH The Princess Royal speaking at the end of the event. [Photo: Alan Richardson]
The pupils and teachers were from schools in Dundee, Fife and Angus and they had earlier heard short talks from two of our grantholders about their own research and career paths as well as outlines of some of the many study options available to young people considering a career in biomedical research.
The Showcase not only gives the pupils the chance to engage directly with young scientists, it also lets those scientists rise to the challenge of explaining their research in an entertaining way, to interested people only a little younger than themselves, but lacking any specialist knowledge. The aim of the event is to support the development of those whom we support as well as encouraging the next generation of clinical and biomedical researchers.
Her Royal Highness took the opportunity to speak to some of the pupils taking part. [Photo: Alan Richardson]
Vacation Scholar Chee Lim explains the Flu Updater resulting from his research project. [Photo: Alan Richardson]
Heather Horsburgh outlined her Vacation Scholarship research project on breast cancer biomarkers to The Princess Royal, watched by her supervisor, Dr Kevin Smith. [Photo: Alan Richardson]
The posters, which can all be downloaded in pdf by selecting from the list below, were chosen to demonstrate the breadth and variety of the research and young people we fund.
- Oestrogen-based therapies to treat cognitive decline - Rebecca Crook, Dundee University
- One born every minute: stress, obesity & pregnancy - Ross Henderson, Edinburgh University
- MMP-9 as a biomarker for breast cancer onset and metastasis - Heather Horsburgh, Edinburgh Napier University
- New antibiotics for lung infections in cystic fibrosis - Kunzah Jamal, Glasgow University
- The odds of survival: targeting treatment for ovarian cancer - Dr Antonis Koussounadis, St Andrews University
- Flu updater - monitoring the evolution of the influenza virus - Chee Yee Lim, Edinburgh University
- How and why are eye movements affected after a stroke? - Linn Olsen, Glasgow University (who carried out her project at Glasgow Caledonian University)
- Problems with social understanding - what does the brain think? - Dr Andrew Stanfield, Edinburgh University
- Liquorice - can it be used to treat Parkinson's disease? - Katrina Wallen, Aberdeen University
The Showcase not only helped to raise awareness of Medical Research Scotland and the work it does, but also demonstrated its commitment to supporting young scientists and also encouraging the next generation of researchers.