Little Emily Morgan gave The Queen a royal welcome when she visited the special eye clinic in Cardiff University's Redwood Building. "Here you are Queen - flowers for you," she said, as she presented a posy, before quickly returning to her seat and adding "They are for you." The Queen laughed and said "Oh thank you, that is very kind." Emily, aged seven from Pontyclun, has Down's Syndrome and was in the clinic with her mother Wendy for an eye test conducted by Dr Margaret Woodhouse. The clinic is the only one of its kind in England and Wales, serving children and adults who are unable to participate in a conventional eye examination because of learning disabilities or physical limitations. As The Queen moved on, Emily said "Bye, Queen, Bye" and The Queen replied "Goodbye." Emily's mum, Wendy, said: "Emily loved it. She has been rehearsing for days."
The day Emily met The Queen. Dr Margaret Woodhouse looks on.
Emily has been attending the clinic every six months since she was three months old. Dr Woodhouse is researching the reasons why children with Down's Syndrome are more likely to suffer from eye disorders. "I found The Queen very easy to talk to," said Dr Woodhouse. "She was so interested and certainly took to Emily."
In the eye clinic, The Queen also met Dr Tom Margrain who demonstrated computer simulations of different eye defects. "She seemed to enjoy the demonstration," said Dr Margrain.
Dr Tom Margrain, of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, shows The Queen on screen how his colleagues would appear to her if she was looking at them whilst suffering from eye disease.
The head of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Professor Mike Boulton, the head of the School of Pharmacy, Professor David Luscombe, and Mrs Luscombe were presented to The Queen when she arrived at the Redwood Building. "It was a superb occasion," said Professor Boulton. "I think everybody felt very good about the day." The Queen met several of the University's sponsors and partners. She spoke to Professor Rob Nicholson, Director of the Tenovus Research Centre and Professor Chris McGuigan, head of the Glaxo Wellcome sponsored team and his collaborator Dr Susan Daluge from Glaxo Wellcome, USA. Professor Luscombe said: "This has been a fantastic privilege and a pleasure to show Her Majesty some of the research which we are doing here. This is a day I shall never forget and is a highlight in the calendar of the school."
The Queen unveiled a plaque to officially open the new Tenovus Laboratories and stopped to talk to members of the Welsh Pharmaceutical Students Association, who had presented a cheque for £883 to the Tenovus charity. "She asked us who we were and if we did it on top of our studies," said Association chair Claire Sears, a second-year Pharmacy student. Social secretary Eva Corson added: "We had so much fun raising the money, meeting The Queen was a lovely way to end it."
Entering the Redwood Building with Professors Mike Boulton and David Luscombe.
Cardiff University students raise large amounts each year for charity, in addition to undertaking a range of voluntary work. Students used the occasion of the opening of the Tenovus labs to present the charity with a cheque for more than £800.
With representatives of the Tenovus Charity (named after the number of original founders Ten-Of-Us)
With Professor John Moore of Cancer Research Wales.
The Queen with Professor Rob Nicholson.
Accompanied by Professor David Luscombe, The Queen chats with staff and students in the Redwood Building.
Unveiling a plaque to officially open the new Tenovus sponsored cancer laboratories in the School of Pharmacy.
Earlier, The Queen met University staff involved in ground-breaking research on the understanding and treatment of heart disease, malaria, Huntington's disease, meningitis and Alzheimer's disease. Professor Janet Hemingway explained that her research which had focused on malaria in mosquitoes was now - thanks to collaboration with Novartis - looking at fleas in cats and dogs, although she was sure The Queen did not have that problem with the Corgis. The Queen raised an eyebrow and smiled: "You think not, " which prompted laughter from the party gathered around.
Professor Paul Chapman showed The Queen his work on Alzheimer's Disease. "She asked how you tell whether you had Alzheimer's or whether you were ordinarily forgetting through old age. I told her it was a difficult problem, but memory loss is more acute than in normal old age. " She showed an interest in the work of Professor Stephen Dunnett and his external collaborator Dr Keith Howard of Cantab Pharmaceuticals on Huntington's disease. "She showed an intelligent interest in the work," said Professor Dunnett. "Events like this are valuable in helping to strengthen the University's links with collaborators such as Cantab."
Her Majesty heard how heart-related diseases claim more lives in the Western world than all forms of cancer combined and, in the UK alone, heart disease is responsible for some 170,000 each year. Professor Peter Edwards explained how Myoview has been developed between Nycomed Amersham and the Department of Chemistry to help achieve early and accurate diagnosis of heart disease in order to identify the correct treatment.
Myoview is a heart imaging agent which enables doctors to visualise the blood flow to the heart muscle using a radioactivity-sensitve gamma camera. The product recently won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
The question of whether The Queen's Corgis have fleas arose whilst Professor Janey Hemingway and colleagues explained their battle against Malaria, one of the world's biggest killers.
Helping to win the fight against Meningitis. Professor Terry Coakley, accompanied by Dr Mike Sobanski and his commercial collaborator explain the device which has revolutionised diagnosis of the disease.
The Queen and the Vice-Chancellor enjoy a joke with Professors Paul Chapman and Steve Dunnett, Keith Howard of CANTAB
Using a model of a heart, Mr Ron Robison Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Development Nycomed Amersham, explains how the Myoview heart imager, developed with Professor Peter Edwards of the Department of Chemistry, is saving lives world-wide. The invention has already earned the University hundreds of thousands of pounds in royalty payments.
En route to more success. The Vice-Chancellor leads Her Majesty towards displays of some of its health related research.