Breast Cancer in the News

There have been several interesting stories about new research into breast cancer.  Firstly, a local one that I whole heartedly agree with, is a study at Aberdeen University to look at how Vitamin D levels might affect breast cancer.  We get most of our vitamin D from the sun (and a bit from oily [...]


Sponsors wanted for Aberdeen Race Night

UCAN, the local charity that supports people with urological cancers (kidney, bladder prostate and testicular) are looking for sponsors for a race night to be held in Aberdeen Northern Hotel on Friday the 16th of April 2016. The event is being organised by the Rotary Club of St Machar and they are looking for [...]


Cleanliness at ARI

In November 2015 and January 2016 I wrote about the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate Report that criticised the standards of cleaning at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.  A follow up inspection was carried out on the 17th of February 2016 and a report of their findings has been published today (the 29th March 2016).  The follow up [...]


National Science and Engineering Week 12th to 21st March 2016

I though I’d point out that National Science and Engineering Week starts, next week and runs from the 12th to the 21st of March 2016.  You can find out more here.  There are a couple of events in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, on the 13th of March there will be some events on at the new shopping [...]


Ig Nobels are coming to Dundee (and Aberdeen, sort of...)

The Ig Nobel awards are given to research that makes you laugh and makes you think.  It takes place at Dundee University on Saturday the 13th of March at 6pm.  The event is open to the public and tickets are free (but you need to book in advance). You can book tickets online (under [...]


Cancer Research Grant for Aberdeen

The local cancer research charity CRANES – Cancer Research Aberdeen and North East Scotland, have been able to give a grant of £23,000 to Aberdeen University.  This is going to be used to research the links between obesity and cancer. To start the study they will be looking at people who have been treated [...]


How clean is Aberdeen Royal Infirmary?

This is a follow up to a post I wrote in November 2015 (called How to complain about the NHS), in October 2015 several wards at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary were inspected and found to be dirty, with poor procedures for infection control, hand washing, waste disposal etc (you can read the details in my [...]


Little Scientist Days at the Satrosphere

For those of you close to Aberdeen, the Satrosphere (Aberdeen’s Science Centre, near the beach), run “Little Scientist Days“, aimed at kids from 3 to 5 years old.  It costs £4.75 for adults, and £3.5o for kids (under three’s are free).  The next Little Scientist day is based on living things and runs [...]


2016 - A New Year

Happy New Year!  2016 is here, and I will be updating my News blog again on a daily (or almost daily basis).

I’ve had a quick scan of my favourite websites and there is lots to write about, several new bits of research have caught my eye including the effect of blood sugar levels [...]


Upcoming Events

This post lists some of the upcoming events happening in Aberdeen City/Aberdeenshire in 2016, including talks and lectures, fundraisers and professional classes and courses.


This events list is loosely based on a scientific/medical theme.  If you would like to add an event to this list, please use the contact form to get in [...]


MRI Scans at ARI

Some of the first MRI scans in the world were carried out at Aberdeen University,the first patient was scanned in 1980. Aberdeen University continues to research and develop MRI technology. If you are interested, you can read about the technical details of the scanners at Foresterhill on the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre website.

BUPA [...]


Candles of Hope - WCRF

The charity World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) are promoting their annual “Candles of Hope“  appeal. As part of this, 30 cathedrals across the UK will hold a memorial service for those who have been lost to cancer on Christmas Eve.  The cathedrals will also burn a memorial candle from Christams Eve until the twelth [...]


Exhibition - Aberdeen Satrosphere

If you are looking for something to do this weekend then there is an exhibition on at the Satrosphere (Aberdeen’s Science Centre) called “Where tomorrow begins“. The exhibition runs until Sunday the 22nd of November 2015 and usual admission prices apply.

If you can’t get to the Satrosphere, still check out the website, there [...]


Support Leukaemia Research in Scotland in 2016

I received the Leukaemia Research Scotland Newsletter today.  If you are interested in leukaemia then I highly recommend it, it’s a 12 page brochure and gives you lots of information on fund raising events and research going on in Scotland.  It really does cover the whole country, very often these publications focus on Glasgow/Edinburgh, [...]


CLAN in Aberdeen and Area

CLAN, Cancer Link Aberdeen and North is a cancer support service, based in Aberdeen. It’s open to anyone affected by cancer including partners, carers, parents and children. You can read more here.

So what sort of support is available? The centre has a library and you can visit without making an appointment. They have [...]


Aberdeen University - Course in Applied Epidemiology

This post is aimed at scientists and medics.  Aberdeen University run an intensive (week long) course in Applied Epidemiology (click here for the advert) from the 1st-5th of March 2016. These courses have run in Aberdeen since 2007, having previously been offered at the University of Manchester.

What is epidemiology?  Why is it interesting? [...]


Aberdeen Study – Can fruit and veg prevent cancer and heart disease?

This is an update to a post I wrote last week called “Clinical Trials – How can I help?“. The Rowett research Institute (part of Aberdeen University) are looking for volunteers to take part in a study looking at the effect of fruit and vegetables on disease.  They are looking for healthy people aged [...]


Aberdeen Techfest 2015 – Happening Now!

This is just a quick reminder, for those of you in the Aberdeen area, Techfest 2015 is on now. It’s a festival of science and technology in and around Aberdeen.  If you are looking for something to do this weekend (19th-20th September 2015), then there is a family activity weekend down at the Beach [...]


Does Aberdeen do a “great job” involving people in science?

Prof Lord Robert Winston was in Aberdeen this week, he gave a talk to the “British Science Association” dinner and visited the new Suttie Centre at Foresterhill, which teaches clinical skills, click here to read more about the Suttie Centre/Matthew Hay Project . According to the Press and Journal, Robert Winston thinks we do [...]


Techfest 2015 Starts Today!

If you are in the Aberdeen area,  this is a reminder that Techfest starts today. The first event is tonight (Friday 11th September 2015) in the Beach Ballroom, where Richard Noble will be describing what it’s like to build the world’s fastest car.

Tomorrow (Saturday the 12th September 2015) there is a family show, [...]


Cafe Scientifique – Aberdeen – Winter Programme 2015

Cafe Scientifique events run all over the world, including Aberdeen!  They are short lectures with time for debate and discussion at the end.

The next talk ties in with TechFest 2015 and is given by Dr Wendy Marsden from the University of Edinburgh on “Need Enhancing? Future Health, Future Humans” it is on the [...]


Techfest 2015 – Opening of the Suttie Centre at Foresterhill Hospital

You may know that Aberdeen runs a major festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics called “TechFest”, it takes place from the 11th to the 28th of September 2015.

There are loads of different events on every aspect of science and technology (not just biology) you can find out more on the TechFest website [...]


Techfest 2015 – Aberdeen Cancer Talk

You may know that Aberdeen runs a major festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics called “TechFest”, it takes place from the 11th to the 28th of September.

There are loads of different events on every aspect of science and technology (not just biology) you can find out more on the TechFest website where [...]


Book Printing, Word Documents and PDF’s

My apologies for a lack of posts this week. I have been trying to sort out a couple of books!

I am trying to compile a hard copy book of the most popular blog posts on the site, which involved a lot more work than I had anticipated. First it involved identifying the most [...]