RGU to host annual Scottish Cardiovascular Forum

The 17th annual Scottish Cardiovascular Forum (SCF) meeting will take place at Robert Gordon University (RGU) this weekend.

The Sir Ian Wood BuildingThe conference, which is being organised by Professor Cherry Wainwright, Dr Sarah Walsh and Dr Karen Skene from the Institute for Health & Wellbeing Research (IHWR), will be held at the university’s Riverside East building on Saturday, February 22.

This year’s event will welcome almost one hundred scientific and clinical researchers from the cardiovascular field who will present their data as oral or poster communications as well as two keynote speakers.

Dr Dana Dawson from the University of Aberdeen will examine the latest developments in cardiac imaging, while Dr Baukje de Roos from the Rowett Research Institute for Nutrition & Health, will discuss dietary strategies aimed at enhancing resilience to oxidative stress in ageing.

Professor Wainwright who will host the event is pleased that the SCF event has attracted such a high number of researchers to the meeting.

She said: “I am delighted that the SCF has once more come to RGU, the last time being in 2005, and to have so many people from the field giving presentations is fantastic.

“It is particularly poignant for me to welcome the conference here as this informal annual gathering was very close to the heart of my SCF co-founder and late colleague, Professor Roger Wadsworth, who sadly passed away last year.”

The conference will include a lecture in memory of Professor Wadsworth, which will be delivered by Dr Simon Kennedy from Glasgow University.

As a mark of his commitment to the SCF, Professor Wadsworth left a generous bequest to the SCF to fund an annual prize for the best oral presentation given by final year PhD students.

Moira Wadsworth, the late Professors widow, will be attending the conference and will present the prizes at the end of the day.

“Roger’s generosity in his bequest to the SCF will help to ensure the continued success of the highly important scientific and networking event which happens every year to bring the “cardiovascular family” of Scotland together” said Professor Wainwright. 

“I am also delighted that Moira will be here to present the prize and that Simon Kennedy, who studied as a PhD student and Post-Doc with Roger and I, will be able to pay a fitting tribute to Roger in his memorial lecture”.

The conference has been given generous support from the British Heart Foundation, Danish Myotechology, Charles River, Star Lab, Peqlab and AD Instruments.

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