Cutting edge medicine

Far left, Maya Shamir, and, far right, Professor Amos Etzioni with students from left to right; Katie Brown, Abbie Mills, Lauren Roscoe, Lucie Senior, Liam Kenyon, Daniel Bale
Far left, Maya Shamir, and, far right, Professor Amos Etzioni with students from left to right; Katie Brown, Abbie Mills, Lauren Roscoe, Lucie Senior, Liam Kenyon, Daniel Bale

WIGAN students enjoyed a rare chance to witness pioneering medical advances at first hand.

Future medical students from St John Rigby College in Orrell, attended a series of unique medical lectures at the Museum of Science and Industry to mark the Fifth Annual Science Week.

The seminars, which focused on ground-breaking medical advances by Israeli scientists, were delivered by experts. One, Prof Finberg, discussed his work in the development and trialling of a new drug, Rasagiline, for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

St John Rigby’s head of chemistry Dave Gent said: “Students were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to these world renown scientists and it was fascinating for them to hear how this drug can selectively prevent the breakdown of a chemical called dopamine, which is a known to cause Parkinson’s disease if it is deficient.

“The group got a real insight into what is possible in modern medical research from all the lectures.”

Other scientists included Maya Shamir, a researcher from the Kagenovich lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor Amos Etzioni, Director of Paediatric Immunology at Rambam Children’s Hospital. Maya Shamir also discussed her work on misfolded protein molecules and how these can be linked to neuro-degenerative diseases. And Prof Etzioni gave a presentation called “Defects in the immune system are more common than we thought”.

The students also looked round the attractions at the museum.