The future of cardiovascular education?


Perhaps a bit of a dramatic title, but there may be some merit in it.  The article, shown in the image, has just been published in the most recent issue of Physiology News and sets out our progress over the past 4 years in developing new educational materials.  Essentially, the novel aspect is the use […]

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‘Latest news’? – We’re back


Clearly, the posts below do not represent ‘recent news’. However, after a 7 year break from blogging, and on the back of a complete website makeover, I will be posting again soon. My plan is to post at least once a week on something cardiovascular-related that has caught my eye. It might be an interesting […]

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Vascular & Smooth Muscle Physiology


This themed meeting of the Physiological Society was held in the Surgeons’ Hall, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (6th-8th Dec 2011).  The three day event covered a range of topics within an obvious focus on Ca++ signalling and KV channels.   Nanospaces was a new topic for me and so the introductory lecture by […]

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C3 Contribute to the Images of Science exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre


One of our directors (Dr Craig Daly) recently attended the opening of the new Glasgow Science Centre exhibition ‘Images of Science’.  C3 were delighted to have one of their own images included in the exhibition which is mounted outside the science center on the clyde walkway. http://www.cardiovascular.org/5.html

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C3 Director, Ian McGrath, wins prestigious JR Vane medal for Pharmacology


We are delighted to report that Professor Ian McGrath has just been awarded this year’s JR Vane medal by the British Pharmacological Society.  Read more about the award here; http://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/headline_198227_en.html

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The importance of perivascular adipocytes.


In the last few years there has been a steadily increasing interest in the possible importance of perivascular fat.  Like the endothelium (pre 1980’s), the perivascular adipocytes were previously thought to be unimportant and were discarded prior to investigation of the physiology and pharmacology of isolated vascular segments.  With the benefit of hindsight, that might […]

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Future Cardiovascular Research Demand – The medics speak


This seminar (22nd Feb 2011) was hosted by NEXXUS who invited Dr Colin Berry and Prof. Matthew Walters to speak about technologies for studying cardiac and cerebrovascular disease respectively.   This was an excellent event with two very knowledgeable speakers. Dr Berry told us about novel technologies to guide risk assessment and treatment in Heart […]

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Perivascular Fat: Cause of Diabetes & Hypertension


The seminar (22nd Feb 2011) was beautifully delivered by Prof Tony Hegarty who spoke about the importance of perivascular fat (i.e. the fat around blood vessels).  Most experiments on isolated blood vessels are done after the fat has been carefully removed.  However, recent evidence has suggested that this fat has a powerful anti-contractile effect and […]

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The appliance of Cardiovascular Science in the West of Scotland


This was the title of the lecture given today at the Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre by Prof. Graham Watt.   First the bad news; Life expectancy (related to cardiovascular disease) has not improved over the past 10-20 years.   Cigarette smoking is one of the biggest risks here in Glasgow and around 70% of us have a […]

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SCF 2011 – University of Aberdeen


As always this was a great (intimate meeting).  At £10 a head for registration it is probably the best value for money of any of the regular cardiovascular meetings.  There must have been around 60 delegates as the treasurer had £600 in his bag when we arrived at the pub to watch the Scotland vs […]

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