Drug doping in sport remains a huge issue which has plagued the headlines in recent weeks. To explore the issue, this year’s Glasgow Science Festival features a special event with a comedian, lawyers, athlete, pharmacologist, sociologist and doctors discussing whether or not drugs in sport should be legalised. Event organiser, GP and Masters student Fran Taylor had a chat with the blog.
- Who are you and what do you do?
I am Frances Taylor, a general medical practitioner in Lanarkshire, currently doing a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine at Glasgow University and moonlighting as an opera singer Picture is from last week’s performance as Lucia di Lammermoor.
2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
I am involved in helping organise the public engagement event ” Drugs in Sport : The Trial” for my Masters project along with Dr. Jason Gill, Mr. Nairn Scobie and Dr. Deborah McNeill and Dr. Zara Gladman of GSF.
3. 2016 is Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. What innovation could you not live without?
Digital radio-I’m addicted to crime (drama) !
4. It’s Glasgow Science Festival’s 10th birthday! We’ll be celebrating with some science-themed cake and balloons. What’s your birthday treat of choice?
My daughter made me a wonderful Turkish Delight inspired sponge cake for Mother’s Day which would be hard to beat!
5. And finally: impress us with your favourite science fact or joke.
One for Zara: Igneous is bliss but being sedimentary is not gneiss
And for Debbie: Biology is the only science in which multiplication is the same as division
Join Fran and special guests tonight for Drugs in Sport: The Trial, 7pm in the Boyd Orr Building. Tickets are free and can be booked online.