Iain to give pres­ti­gious lec­ture

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A man brought up on Ar­ran is to give a pres­ti­gious lec­ture in Glas­gow.

Vet Iain Glen is to de­liver the Sir Wil­liam Weipers Me­mo­rial Lec­ture 2017 at Glas­gow Univerisity’s Ve­teri­nary School later this month.

Iain was brought up at Park­house, Cor­riecravie, which was his fa­ther’s farm. At one time there was the pos­si­bil­ity of buy­ing Machrie farm, in which case Iain was to stay and take over the fam­ily farm. This did not hap­pen and he be­came a vet.

Af­ter a year in Kenya, he be­came a ve­teri­nary anaes­thetist. He moved to re­search with what was then ICI in Cheshire and for years worked on the de­vel­op­ment of the drug Propo­fol.

This has be­come the drug of choice for in­duc­ing anaes­the­sia by in­tra­venous in­jec­tion and is sold all over the world. In­deed his name was men­tioned in the court case re­lated to the death of Michael Jack­son who had been given Propo­fol.

The sub­ject of Iain’s lec­ture, on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 27, is the tri­als and tribu­la­tions and even­tual suc­cess of his re­search in de­vel­op­ing Propo­fol en­ti­tled: ‘Bub­bles, bal­anc­ing tricks and mini-pigs: steps on the road to Propo­fol’.

Iain still has the land from Park­house farm at Cor­riecravie and a house in Black­wa­ter­foot and has traced and pro­duced a fam­ily tree of his an­ces­tors on Ar­ran back for al­most 200 years.

Iain Glen, seen in his boat at Black­wa­ter­foot, is to give the pres­ti­gious lec­ture.

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