April 2014

April 2014

28 April 2014: 2013 Sir James Black Prize Lecture: "There and back...and there again" Translational/Reverse Translational Medicine

Speaker:  Professor Chris Haslett OBE, BSc, MBChB, FRCP, FMedSci, FRSE, Sir John Crofton Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Director of the Queen's Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh

Read the summary report of Professor Haslett's lecture "There and back ...and there again" Translational/Reverse Translational Medicine

Translational Medicine carries laboratory research into the clinical arena. This research itself often derives from observations on sick patients (“there”). Clinical examples of catastrophic inflammatory diseases which sometimes resolve led to the discovery that apoptosis is crucial for resolution to occur. Laboratory research on its mechanisms (“back”) has generated novel agents which promote resolution of inflammatory/ scarring diseases (“there again”). Fully validating new translational therapies will require new molecular imaging technologies. A “game-changing” optical molecular imaging platform will be described.

8 April 2014: Enlightening the Constitutional Debate: Launch of Series Report

The series culminated in an event to launch a book bringing together the discussions that have taken place throughout. The book will serve as a historical record of the Society’s contribution to a very significant period in Scottish history. The launch event was held on 8 April 2014 and was a "question time" format where participants put questions to the panel.

Read the Series Book which summarises the discussions which took place.

3 April 2014: Conference: Computation in Finance and Insurance, post-Napier

Read the summary report on the conference: Computation in Finance and Insurance, post-Napier

Balancing technical content with real world insights, the conference was designed to appeal to a financial sector audience, including banks, insurers, investment banks, asset managers, risk managers, pension funds and hedge funds, interested in understanding recent advancements in the field of financial computation.

1 April 2014: Artist and Model: a Drawing Demonstration and Lecture on the Structure of the Human Musculature

Speaker: George Donald, Royal Scottish Academy

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In the early Renaissance, the roles of artist and scientist were closely associated, particularly in physiology and physics. Today, the arts and sciences are frequently seen as pursuing opposite goals. However, the practice by artists of a sustained and visual exploration of the verifiable facts of the body, offers vital information, in much the same manner as the scientific method. Such objective study also provides raw material for visual and expressive, poetic development.

George Donald worked with a life model, describing in charcoal, the interaction of  bone, muscles and tendons to build the living figure in drawings. He highlighted expressive details such as the eye and hands.

 

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