Children from Gatehouse and Borgue Primary Schools were recently visited by Professor John Lockhart, from the BREATHE project.
He is director of the Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research. He came to work with the children and teach them about COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and lung health.
Prof John, as the children called him, explained COPD and told everyone that it is the third highest killer across the world.
His research is to find out why it is so
prevalent in the area. The children were able to ask lots of questions and learn about how their lungs work.
The visits were hugely successful and the children were given the opportunity to make model lungs, as well as testing their own lung function.
They got to handle some real lungs from small mammals and look at lots of different models of lungs.
The visits were a fun, informative way of learning new things and Prof John explained everything so clearly. The children thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and many thanks to John for his input.
Addressing the class Professor John Lockhart
Class work Pupils make model lungs