Curiosity Live

Issued: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:31:00 GMT

Curiosity Live - Nov 2018

On 10 November 2018, the Anatomy Facility of the School of Life Sciences partnered with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) to participate in Curiosity Live at the Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) in Pacific Quay. The event brought researchers together to celebrate and share their exciting work with the wider public.

The event was a great success. It was well attended by all ages and the public were excited to learn more about the human body. Catherine MacRobbie was body painting all day to highlight anatomy of head and neck structures and the upper limb. She had a continual queue of people who were delighted to leave with a great souvenir through her expert body painting skills.

Dr Ourania Varsou was on hand with “Nelly the Neuron”, where she showed children and adults how to create the most fantastic plasticine models of nerve tissue - this even came with paint and adhesive eyes to make a great cartoon representation of how our nerves work in the body.

Dr Jenny Clancy and Dr Paul M. Rea taught the public how to interpret X-rays through some very vivid examples of fractures, joint replacement and injuries to bones! They joined in to do some anatomical colouring in, too!

The team from the RCPSG (Clare Harrison and Kirsty Earley) showcased some great examples of historical artefacts and digital visualisation techniques of medical heritage and anatomy, including augmented reality. Historical texts and diagrams were also on hand to examine how anatomy of the human body was taught and examined, with animations bringing the human body to life.

Dr Paul M. Rea who leads on public engagement activities in the Anatomy Facility commented that: “this event again brings together our long-standing partners from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Glasgow Science Centre to showcase our amazing work related to the human body and visualising medical heritage. The day was incredibly popular with all ages. It was a delight and pleasure to work again with our partners in helping to deliver public-facing activities to enhance the public’s understanding of the intricacies of the human body in an easy-to-access way.”

Professor Fabio Quondamatteo, Chair of Anatomy and Head of the Anatomy Facility, was particularly grateful to all staff who participated and stated: "It is particularly important that we team-up with partner institutions such as the RCPSG and the GSC to disseminate scientific knowledge outside the boundary of the University, making it easily accessible to the wider public”.