Young scientists experiment with Pathology at RGU

Students compare results at the RGU event.
Students compare results at the RGU event.

School pupils from across the North-East travelled to Robert Gordon University (RGU) this week to mark International Pathology Day.

A total of 31 S3 and S4 pupils paid a visit to the university to conduct a number of science experiments in the university’s modern labs, which looked at liver cells, bacteria and blood.

Anna Lindahl, lecturer in Biomedical Science from RGU’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, worked with colleagues from the university and NHS Grampian to organise the visit on Wednesday 16 November.

They organised a series of experiments for the pupils to work on, which covered pathology, microbiology and blood science.

The pupils came from secondary schools across the North-East, including Albyn School, Northfield Academy, St Machar Academy, Harlaw Academy, Mintlaw Academy and Fraserburgh Academy.

The Royal College of Pathologists uses International Pathology Day to encourage scientists around the country to raise awareness of the field and to highlight the career opportunities it allows.

Pathology is the medical specialty concerned with determining the cause and nature of diseases and is critical for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of many of the leading causes of disease.

Fraserburgh Academy pupil Juliusz Rogowski, 15, said: “It was really interesting to learn about blood groups, transfusions and looking at liver samples under a microscope. You can’t really compare these facilities to what we have at school, but they have been very impressive.”

Anna Lindahl said: “I am delighted to see so many young people from across the North-East interested in science and pathology.

“The idea behind our workshops was not only to have fun, but to give the pupils an idea of what it would be like to study and then work in the field.

“We enjoyed celebrating International Pathology Day with the pupils and look forward to working with them in the labs again in the future.”