Professor Derek Scott

Professor Derek Scott
FRSB, Deputy Director of Medical Science Teaching

Chair in Physiology & Pharmacology Education

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Professor Derek Scott
Professor Derek Scott

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Qualifications

PGCert, Therapeutics The Robert Gordon University 2008
Awarded with distinction
PhD, Physiological Sciences (Medicine) University of Aberdeen 2004
Jointly supervised by Professor Gordon McEwan (UoA) and Professor Harry McArdle (Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health) PhD focused on characterization of divalent metal ion transport in the human small intestine using electrophysiology and molecular biology. Physiological Society Pfizer prize for oral communication.
BSc (Hons), Biomedical Sciences (Physiology) University of Aberdeen 1999
Prize for top student in Biomedical Sciences, First class Honours.

Latest Publications

  • Physiology students can use a quality improvement approach to support a safe and efficient medication pathway in geriatric rehabilitation

    Chung, I., Brodie, L., Cameron, L., Rowe, I., Scott, D. A.

  • International educators’ attitudes, experiences, and recommendations after an abrupt transition to remote physiology laboratories

    Choate, J., Aguilar-Roca, N., Beckett, E., Etherington, S., French, M., Gaganis, V., Haigh, C., Scott, D. A., Sweeney, T., Zubek, J.

  • Insights Arising from Virtual Laboratory Experiences of 2020. A Focus on Financial and Ethical Challenges of Face-to-Face and Online Physiology Laboratories

    Gaganis, V., Beckett, E., Choate, J., Aguilar-Roca, N., Etherington, S., French, M., Haigh, C., Scott, D. A., Zubek, J., Sweeney, T.

  • Physiology educators’ attitudes, experiences and recommendations after an abrupt transition to remote laboratories

    Choate, J., Aguilar-Roca, N., Beckett, E., Etherington, S., French, M., Gaganis, V., Haigh, C., Scott, D. A., Sweeney, T., Zubek, J.

  • Pupil-led biomedical lessons for primary school children: a pilot study

    Murray, F., Coombey, F., Scott, D. A.

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Memberships and Affiliations

Internal
  • Chair, Life Sciences & Medicine Library Committee
  • Member, Medical Sciences Teaching Executive
  • Member, School Blended Learning Steering Group
  • Member, School Education Steering Group
  • Member, Physician Associate Steering Group
  • Member, Medical Sciences Marketing Group
  • Lead for Medical Sciences, Science Teaching Hub Project Management Group
External
  • Education Theme Lead - Physiological Society of Great Britain (2016-2020)
  • Member of Physiological Society Education, Public Engagement & Policy Committee.
  • External Examiner in Phase I Medicine for the University of Newcastle (2008-12); MPharm for Robert Gordon University (2020-2024); BSc Personalised Medicine, University of Ulster (2021-).
  • Reviewer for British Journal of Nutrition & British Journal of Anaesthesia; European Journal of Nutrition; Social Science & Medicine; MRC Fellowships; HAPS Educator; Advances in Physiology Education.
  • External Member of Internal Teaching Review panel for Sports-related degrees at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2012); School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds (2019).
  • Reviewer for various textbook publishing companies.
  • Local co-organizer of Physiology 2019.

Prizes and Awards

College of Life Sciences & Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award (2010).

Inaugural Winner, Principal's Teaching Excellence Award (2018/19).

Nominee for:  Best Postgraduate Taught Lecturer, Mental Health Champion, Outstanding Contribution to Accessibility and Inclusivity in Blended Learning. Shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Accessibility and Inclusivity in Blended Learning (2020/21).

Research

Research Areas

Specialisms

  • Healthcare Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiology
  • Pre-Clinical Medicine

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International


Research Overview

My research interests have 3 main themes:

Proton-coupled nutrient transport in mammalian small intestine (with Dr. Gordon McEwan and Prof. Harry McArdle).
· Use of electrophysiological, microspectrofluorometric and molecular biology techniques to investigate transepithelial transport mechanisms for divalent metals (iron, zinc, copper) across polarised cultured human intestinal epithelia.
· Regulation of these metal transport processes by intracellular second messengers and protein kinases.
· Measurement and regulation of the proton source for these transport systems, an area of maintained low pH at the mucosal surface of mammalian small intestine, termed the acid microclimate.

Inflammatory bowel disease
· Possible causes of inflammatory bowel disease.
· New pharmacological and surgical approaches to treatment.
· Physiological adaptations in individuals with ileo-anal pouches and stomas

Teaching
· Use of Personal Response Systems (PRS’s), infographics, practical skills testing and high-fidelity human simulation to improve the teaching and learning experiences of students and staff in biomedical sciences.

Teaching

Courses


Teaching Responsibilities

Course coordinator:

  • BM4301 The Science of Ageing: From Cradle to Grave
  • PY3002 Integrative Physiology
  • AN4003 Brain Function & Malfunction (with Anatomy)
  • BM3502 Neuroscience & Neuropharmacology
  • SM4901 Biomedical Sciences General Paper
  • SM3901 Arcadia Summer Research Programme

 

Publications

Publications 

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  • Physiology students can use a quality improvement approach to support a safe and efficient medication pathway in geriatric rehabilitation

    Chung, I., Brodie, L., Cameron, L., Rowe, I., Scott, D. A.

    Physiology 2021

    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts

  • International educators’ attitudes, experiences, and recommendations after an abrupt transition to remote physiology laboratories

    Choate, J., Aguilar-Roca, N., Beckett, E., Etherington, S., French, M., Gaganis, V., Haigh, C., Scott, D. A., Sweeney, T., Zubek, J.

    Advances in Physiology Education, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 310-321

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Insights Arising from Virtual Laboratory Experiences of 2020. A Focus on Financial and Ethical Challenges of Face-to-Face and Online Physiology Laboratories

    Gaganis, V., Beckett, E., Choate, J., Aguilar-Roca, N., Etherington, S., French, M., Haigh, C., Scott, D. A., Zubek, J., Sweeney, T.

    The FASEB Journal, vol. 35, no. S1

    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts

  • Physiology educators’ attitudes, experiences and recommendations after an abrupt transition to remote laboratories

    Choate, J., Aguilar-Roca, N., Beckett, E., Etherington, S., French, M., Gaganis, V., Haigh, C., Scott, D. A., Sweeney, T., Zubek, J.

    The FASEB Journal, vol. 35, no. S1

    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts

  • Virtual laboratories: a panacea for the financial and ethical challenges associated with face-to-face physiology laboratories?

    Gaganis, V., Beckett, E., Aguilar-Roca, N., Etherington, S., French, M., Haigh, C., Scott, D. A., Sweeney, T., Zubek, J., Choate, J.

    University of Aberdeen Annual Academic Development Symposium 2021

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Insights Arising from Virtual Laboratory Experiences of 2020: A Focus on Financial and Ethical Challenges of Face-to-Face and Online Physiology Laboratories.

    Gaganis, V., Beckett, E., Choate, J., Aguilar-Roca, N., Etherington, S., French, M., Haigh, C., Scott, D. A., Zubek, J., Sweeney, T.

    Experimental Biology 2021

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Physiology students can use a quality improvement approach to support a safe and efficient medication pathway in geriatric rehabilitation

    Chung, I., Brodie, L., Cameron, L., Rowe, I., Scott, D. A.

    Contributions to Journals: Conference Articles

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