Dundee Science Festival 2018

Amy Dorward (Pitt Research group) took part in the Dundee Science festival 7th October 2018. She volunteered at the British Heart Foundation’s “Air Street”. The exhibit focussed on the silent harmful effects air pollution has on the cardiovascular system. Visitors walked ‘outside’ along “BHF Air Street” – where posters outlined the main links of pollution and cardiovascular disease – before coming ‘inside’ to the “BHF sitting room” – where they learned more about the research being carried out by the BHF in their local area. Visitors were also given the opportunity to look at diseased and healthy heart cell cells under the microscope, measure their own heart rates and learn about how the heart works through a variety of activities. Amy really enjoyed volunteering at the festival and she is grateful to have had the opportunity to talk about some of the cardiovascular research being carried out in University of St Andrews.

“Dragons Den” Success – £5k funding for new pilot project

Congratulations to Dr Swati Arya who was awarded a £5,000 grant at the School of Medicine Research Away Day held at the Byre Theatre. Swati made a successful pitch for the cash at a Dragons Den-style event. The funding will be spent on a new collaborative pilot project (with Dr Peter Caie and Dr Alan Stewart, both University of St Andrews and Dr Margaret Dunne, Trinity College Dublin) focussed on identifying early biomarkers for esophageal cancer using SWATH-MS. Swati also gave a talk at the event entitled “The hydroxyapatite interactome in age-related macular degeneration”.

Congratulations Ben Reilly-O’Donnell on passing your PhD viva

The Pitt lab would like to say a big congratulations to Ben Reilly-O’Donnell who passed his PhD viva today. Ben did very well and we are all incredibly proud of him.

Ben has recently started a new position as a postdoctoral research scientist working with Prof. Julia Gorelik, Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London

Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine 2018 – Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

The FASEB – Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine meeting 2018 took place in Tahoe City, California, USA 3-8 June. Samantha Pitt would like to thank Dr Amanda Bird (Ohio State University) and Dr Paul Cobine (Auburn University) for putting together  such an exciting programme. Samantha would also like to thank the organisers for inviting her to present her work. The title of her talk was “Cardiac dysfunction and the role of zinc in sarcoplasmic reticulum remodelling”


Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology (FCVB), Vienna – Siavash and Amelie present their work

The Stewart group are grateful to the organisers of the recent Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology (FCVB) meeting in Vienna, Austria, which was held between 20-22nd April. Dr Alan Stewart, Dr Siavash Khazaipoul and Amelie Sobczak were in attendance for the three-day conference and both Siavash and Amelie (pictured below) presented posters on their work.