GCU research highlighted at Science and the Parliament

14 November 2013

Dr Karen Lorimer is an expert in sexual health

Dr Karen Lorimer is an expert in sexual health

A Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) expert in sexual health has addressed the biggest annual gathering of the scientific and policy making communities in Scotland.

Dr Karen Lorimer, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health and Life Sciences and the Institute for Applied Health Research, spoke at the ‘Science and the Parliament’ event held in Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth on Wednesday, 13 November.

Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the event – which was this year themed around Science in Health – attracted the support of learned organisations, further and higher education institutions and industry across the full spectrum of science and engineering disciplines.

The event was also well supported by MSPs, including the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, and senior members of the civil service.

Dr Lorimer is lead for the Health and Wellbeing working group in the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. She spoke about health inequalities in Scotland and also highlighted a number of GCU’s key areas of research excellence which are linked to the theme.

This included work on musculoskeletal conditions, healthy ageing, social business and health, and infection prevention and control. She drew upon her own area of sexual health, using HIV as an example of the importance of biomedical working alongside social science approaches, to argue that we must ensure we do not abandon social science efforts to tackle HIV in favour of biomedical approaches.

Dr Lorimer said: “It was a good opportunity to fly the flag for the importance of the ‘social’ when thinking about science in health, and to flag some of the excellent work done at GCU in this area.”

Dr Lorimer is a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and also the Global Young Academy. Young Academies bring together outstanding scientists from different disciplines, catalyzing the formation of multidisciplinary scientific collaborations with the aim of generating discoveries.