Medical Detectives is a series of public lectures showing that keen detective work is still essential for 21st century doctors.
Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the lectures highlight the University’s acclaimed medical research.
Conan Doyle drew inspiration for his character Sherlock Holmes when he was a medical student at Edinburgh.
He based Holmes on the Professor of Medicine Joseph Bell, who was known for his meticulous attention to detail.
Today’s medical sleuths, just like Holmes, must use powers of observation and deduction not only to make the right diagnosis but also to find new treatments.
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Lecture series content
- Prof. Charles ffrench-Constant
- Why Doesn't the Brain Repair Itself? (7 November 2013)
- Prof. Stephen Lawrie
- Scanning for a Diagnostic Test for Schizophrenia (24 October 2013)
- Prof. Stephen Wigmore
- The Case of the Vanishing Yellow Man (10 October 2013)
- Dr Angela Thomas
- Curing Leukaemia; Mustard Gas, Guinea Pigs and DNA (26 September 2013)
- Prof. Siddharthan Chandran
- Stem Cell Research (1 November 2012)
- Prof. Brian Walker
- Stress Hormones and Heart Disease: The Clue is in a Mixed Up Colorist (18 October 2012)
- Prof. Jean Manson
- Prions: Tracking the Elusive Killer (4 October 2012)
- Prof. David Cunningham Owens
- Mindbending: The Curious Tale of Psychotropic Drugs (20 September 2012)
- Prof. Jamie Davies
- Cracking the Cell Code: How We Build Vital Organs (11 November 2011)
- Prof. James Ironside
- Prions: The serial killers that attack the brain (4 November 2011)
- Prof. Stuart Ralston
- Solving the Mysteries of Paget's Disease (3 November 2011)
- Prof. Peter Kind
- Solving Fragile X Syndrome: Looking for Clues in Brain Development (20 October 2011)
- Prof. David Harrison
- The Curious Tale of the Undead: From Potatoes to Cancer (6 October 2011)
- Dr Michael Eddleston
- Pesticide Deaths in Asia: Looking for the Clues in Prevention (22 September 2011)
- Prof. Brendan Corcoran
- Murder of a Heart Valve: An Open-and-Shut Case? (28 October 2010)
- Prof. Jane Norman
- The Mysteries of Birth: Far From Elementary, My Dear Watson (21 October 2010)
- Prof. David Argyle
- Hounds and the Cancer Genes: Cats and Dogs Providing Clues to Treating Human Cancer (19 November 2009)
- Prof. John Iredale
- A Study in Scarring: The Dark Side of Wound Repair (12 November 2009)
- Prof. Jonathan Seckl
- On the Cushing Case: A Tale Linked to Obesity (5 November 2009)
- Prof. Dorothy Crawford
- Case book: Fighting Cancer with Killer Cells (29 October 2009)
This article was published on Nov 7, 2013