The University was delighted to welcome Ann McKechin MP, Under Secretary of State for Scotland, for a lunchtime visit to the Foresterhill health campus on Thursday 23 April.
Ms McKechin met Professor Stephen Logan, Senior Vice-Principal, Professor Neva Haites, Head of the College of Life Sciences and Medicine, and senior colleagues from the College for a presentation and informal discussion over lunch, followed by a tour of three labs at IMS and a brief visit to the osteoporosis research centre in the Health Sciences Building.
Welcoming Ms McKechin, Professor Stephen Logan said: "This is an exceptionally exciting and transformational time for the University of Aberdeen and we are delighted to welcome the Under Secretary of State for Scotland on this brief visit, and to show her examples of how the University is rapidly becoming a centre of excellence in life sciences.
"The results of the latest Research Assessment Exercise across UK universities show the progress we have made in recent years in growing our research strength, matched by our multi-million pounds of investment in attracting outstanding researchers from the world's best universities and in providing them with state of the art facilities and support to make the discoveries that will benefit our global communities in the 21st century.
"Here, for example, on our Foresterhill campus over 400 scientists and support staff - representing an international pooling of talent – increase daily our knowledge of health, disease and life sciences, and work closely with clinical colleagues to translate findings in the lab into benefits for patients and the wider community here in Scotland and in developing countries across the world."