LBHS Inspirational Speaker – Dr Stuart McIntosh
On Thursday, 20th April we welcomed back Dr Stuart McIntosh, dad of Olivia and Isabelle to talk to us in assembly. Dr McIntosh works in medical research developing new drugs to fight disease. He focused on the role of our amazing immune system and how it looks for infections and remembers them to prevent future infection. He explained that the development of vaccines had led to many diseases such as polio now being virtually eradicated. Current medical research is looking at how the immune system can help in conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
Dr McIntosh enjoys working with people from all over the world who practise good science and apply the knowledge they gather to develop effective medicines. He loves the fact that his job helps make a positive difference to people’s lives and hoped that lots of LBHS pupils would be interested in pursuing scientific jobs in the future.
He went on to handle some very searching questions from his young audience about the positive and negative effects of drugs, the role of bacteria and viruses, why we administer vaccines via an injection, the inevitable role of experiments failing in drug development and the resilience and perseverance needed by teams involved in this industry. When asked the now customary LBHS question of what inspired him, Dr McIntosh replied it was the intellectual challenge of applying the science, the opportunity to help others and the ‘have-another-go’ mindset of his colleges when setbacks occur. We feel sure that Dr McIntosh has indeed himself inspired several Lady Barners to follow in his footsteps in future and we thank him for taking time out of his very busy schedule to come into school.
Mrs J Flynn – AGT Coordinator