Health mat­ters

The Galloway News - - SCHOOL NEWS -

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

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