Professor Mark Arends, Professor of Pathology within the IGMM and Co-Director of the Centre for Comparative Pathology at the University of Edinburgh, and colleagues hosted a "Pathology in Action: Disease, Dissection and Diagnosis" event for schools on 5th November as part of National Pathology Week and International Pathology Day.
60 school students and teachers from 11 Lothian schools attended the event to spend an afternoon with both medical and veterinary pathologists.
They rotated around a variety of hands on activities, including a post mortem dissection of a sheep, were able to handle pre-prepared dissected specimens in the dissection room, spent time viewing slides on a multi-headed microscope, had a “Pathogens up close” lab session, and heard a series of short presentations highlighting the career paths of pathologists in the fields of veterinary pathology, marine mammal pathology, medical pathology and forensic pathology.
Feedback from the students included ‘really interesting day with great hands on stuff’, ‘well explained, very informative’ and ‘Loved it!!’
Teachers’ responses included: ‘It was lovely to see my pupils so engaged - they loved it’, ‘Truly Brilliant’ and ‘My pupils are completely energised and enthused with updated knowledge of pathology’.
Scientists from the MRC Human Genetics Unit in the IGMM have discovered how a gene mutation can lead to diseases that occur when the immune system attacks the body by mistake.
Understanding how these mechanisms work could help scientists to develop new treatments for autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and neurodegenerative conditions including Motor Neurone Disease.
Researcher Raffaele Ottaviano, based in the MRC Human Genetics Unit in the IGMM, won a Special Jury Prize in the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Short Film Challenge for the Coral Red film he co-directed.
“I started my career as a film/theatre director in 2009 whilst studying towards my PhD. One of my goals as a film-maker was to participate in the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), so Carlo Pirozzi (co-director), Luigi Zechini (co-producer) and I decided to take part in the Short Film Challenge. The three of us collaborated for a play during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 and in other theatre shows in Edinburgh, but this is our first cinematographic collaboration.”
Raffaele Ottaviano, MRC Human Genetics Unit in the IGMM
Coral Red commemorates the centenary of the First World War (1914-1918) and recreates the day before the event that is widely known as the casus belli of the First World War: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914.
“Delightfully surrealist and had great ambition for a short film. It also broke away from traditional narrative and was visually dynamic and beautifully shot. The production design was strong and there was brilliant snail wrangling.”
The EIFF Jury