At the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow, scientists are studying how cancer cells grow, survive and spread, paving the way for new treatments. In a special event for Glasgow Science Festival, the Institute is opening its doors, giving everyone the chance to learn about the amazing research happening right on our doorstep. We had a chat with Kirsteen Campbell, who’s leading the event.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Kirsteen Campbell. I work with lots of inspiring and dedicated cancer researchers, nurses and doctors who are part of the Cancer Research UK Glasgow Centre. I come up with ideas about how to engage and inform the local community about our research and the progress we’re making for people with cancer. Then I find clever and articulate science folk to deliver these ideas.
What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
I love the vibe around the Festival and thought it was a great way to be part of something that would help get the message out there that pioneering cancer research is happening right here in Glasgow. We’ll be giving folk the opportunity to see what cancer looks like, how it behaves in the body and hear about cancer in a way that I hope will help people understand what we know and what progress is being made.
With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Glasgow is gearing up to welcome the world. What’s your top tip for visitors?
Make sure you pack for all weathers – waterproof poncho, jumper, bikini – and of course, in case the sun does indeed shine of a day, remember to stay safe in the sun!
Favourite Scottish food and drink?
Food – Dean’s chocolate chip shortbread rounds. I could eat the whole packet (not recommended of course) because they are truly melt-in-the-mouth delicious.
Drink – the very finest Scottish water with ice and a slice.
Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.
I don’t tend to remember jokes too well but Michael McIntyre had me in stitches with tears running down my face when he told his story about how Scottish money is received by some places in England. ‘I’ll have you know, that’s legal tender.’ I thought, ‘That’s me, I’ve said that!’. He’s one of the few comedians who can actually make me cry with laughter. Him and Kevin Bridges.
Meet Kirsteen and learn about the science of cancer at “This is Cancer” on Saturday 7th June from 10-2pm at the CRUK Beatson Institute in Bearsden. Drop in for hands-on activities or book a tour online here.