College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Public lecture series 2019/20

The series resumes on 23 October 2019.

Let's Talk About Health and Disease is a series of public lectures which run annually from October through to March.

It is aimed at senior school pupils interested in studying medicine, veterinary medicine or the life sciences at university as well as interested members of the general public and health professionals.

The series allows scientists pioneering new research at the University of Edinburgh to share their latest ideas and discoveries with the public and provides attendees with the opportunity to advance their knowledge of health and what happens in disease.

Here's this year's programme:


Date Speakers Title/booking link Venue
Wed 23 October 2019

Schools workshop -  pre-booked participants only 

DNA detectives: dog health and disease Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre
Wed 23 October 2019

Richard Mellanby and Jeff Schoenebeck

Heads and tales: stories of dogs and  their breathing disorders The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Wed 27 November 2019

John Keen and Ruth Morgan

Podgy ponies and corpulent cobs:

insights into the growing problem of equine obesity

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Wed 11 December 2019

Norah Spears and Evelyn Telfer

The future of female of fertility

QMRI, Wellcome Auditorium

Wed 22 January 2020

Colin Smith and Tara Spires-Jones

Let’s talk about dementia - what happens to the  brain and how can we fix it? QMRI, Wellcome Auditorium

Wed 19 February 2020

Gwo-Tzer Ho, Emily Thompson and Kris McGuire

Healing the damaged gut in inflammatory bowel diseases –

from the scientist, the patient and the doctor

QMRI, Wellcome Auditorium
Wed 18 March 2020

David Fitzpatrick and Stuart Cobb

What defines a genetic disease and when might gene therapy be used? QMRI, Wellcome Auditorium


Admission free. All welcome.

Public lectures take place at 5.30 p.m. in the Queen's Medical Research Institute (QMRI), Wellcome Auditorium, 47 Little France Crescent, EH16 4TJ or at  the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Easter Bush campus, EH26 8BE.

Both venues are accessible with assistance and accessible parking can be arranged.  

Please email  if you have any queries. 

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