Published: 02/10/2014 10:52 - Updated: 06/10/2014 17:22

Child health under microsope at Cafe Scientifique

Professor Philip Wilson
Professor Philip Wilson

A look at how illness in childhood may affect health and mortality in adulthood comes from Professor Phil Wilson at Waterstones' Cafe Scientifique night on Tuesday.

The second series of the increasingly popular Scientifique series draws to a close with an informal talk - free to attend - from the professor working from the Inverness Centre for Rural Health at the University of Aberdeen.

Prof Wilson said: “In this talk I will address the mechanisms based in childhood that determine our later health. 

“The talk will cover the evidence that our mental health in childhood determines survival, and will address the role of the early family environment, of genetics and the interplay between the two.

"I’ll be considering the possibility that some early interventions in the home or in nurseries might improve longevity.”

Prof Wilson is a practising GP with a research background in neuroscience.  He holds visiting professorships in early childhood mental health at the Universities of Glasgow and Gothenburg.

Academics have been giving insights into their research as part of the University of Aberdeen’s café discussion series, which provides an informal forum in which the public can learn about a variety of scientific topics and engage with the researchers involved.

Café Scientifique Inverness events are held at Waterstones in the city’s Eastgate Shopping Centre.

Dr Heather Doran from the university's public engagement with research unit said: “The café series allows the public to gain insight and understanding from researchers in a way that is informal and engaging.

“The topics covered showcase the vast range of compelling and often cutting-edge scientific findings being developed by experts from the University of Aberdeen and other academic institutions in Scotland."

The series is a partnership between the University of Aberdeen and the University of the Highlands and Islands, supported by the Scottish Government bringing an exciting range of topical subjects and research areas to people from an even wider geographical area.

For more information on the Café Scientifique Inverness series’ and other Café series in Aberdeen visit 

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