Rothesay Academy pupils Bonnie Caldwell and Joshua McFadden are preparing to head home to Scotland after three weeks in Toronto on the Baird of Bute Society’s inaugural Canadian Science Scholarship.
The scholarship as a whole has been aimed at giving a picture of the journey of science and medicine ‘from bench to bedside’, and much of their final week has been focussed on the ‘bedside’ element of that story, at St Joseph’s and St Michael’s hospitals in the city and at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.
The week’s programme included an introduction to the ethical side of bio-science, research into dementia, gene expression, ‘knowledge translation’, neurosurgery, medical imaging and a visit to the Human Eye Bio Bank, a resource of human eye tissue accessible to researchers around the world.
Away from the labs, Bonnie and Joshua visited the breathtaking Niagara Falls, sailed on the exhilarating Niagara River rapids and visited the Niagara Parks butterfly conservatory, as well as visiting the Sir Adam Beck hydro-electric generating stations near the falls, which provide a large share of the energy used by the Canadian power grid.
Read about their experiences in full at bairdofbute2014.wordpress.com - and don’t miss the next issue of The Buteman, featuring a chat with both Bonnie and Joshua looking back at their time in Canada.