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Thursday, 15 June, 2000, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Queen sees medical advances in Cardiff
The Queen at university eye clinic
Seven year old Emily Morgan presented a bouquet
The Queen, who has been visiting Cardiff, has heard about pioneering medical work at the university.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she was shown how the University of Wales was collaborating with businesses on a range of innovative projects.

Professor Paul Chapman, of the School of Biosciences, showed the Queen the work being done at the university to combat Alzheimer's disease.

He said: "She asked how could you tell whether you had Alzheimer's or whether you were ordinarily forgetting through old age. I told her it was a difficult problem."

Alzheimer's disease

The Professor saidr: "Memory loss in Alzheimer's is more acute than in normal old age."

During her tour of the university's laboratories, the Queen also saw how it had helped develop a new test to determine different strains of meningitis.

She also visited the university's eye clinic where she met seven-year-old Emily Morgan, from Pontyclun, in south Wales.

The Queen unveils plaque
The Queen unveiled a plaque at the new Tenovus laboroatories

Showing no sign of nerves Emily, who has Down's Syndrome, jumped out of her chair and raced up to the Queen with a posy of flowers when she entered the clinic.

Emily has to have regular eye tests at the clinic and she showed the Queen how they were carried out.

As the Royal visitor left the room Emily stopped the Queen in her tracks by shouting, "Bye, Queen, bye."

The Queen also unveiled a plaque to open the new Tenovus Laboratories at the School of Pharmacy.

She met 90-year-old Eddie Price one of the founder members of Tenovus, a cancer charity he and nine friends set up in Cardiff 55 years ago.

Later the Queen also opened the new School of Social Sciences at a ceremony in the Glamorgan Building Council Chamber.

The Queen
The Queen visited Cardiff University

On her final engagement of the day the Queen opened a new technology department at Fitzalan High School in Cardiff

The school has strong multi-cultural links with pupils from 30 nations speaking 22 different languages and on her arrival the Queen was greeted in several of those different languages, including Welsh.

Headteacher Angus Dunphy said: "We have dragged this school up by the bootlaces. Before there used to be around 12 pupils going on to further education, now the total is around 30."

"Today was about celebrating that success," he added.

"It is important considering the debate that is currently going on about social exclusion at universities."

"Everybody should be treated the same."

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