Lecture series puts health in the spotlight

Preterm birth, vitamin D and liver cancer are among topics to be discussed at public talks hosted at the University.

Scientists conducting new research will share their latest work in the annual lecture series, Let’s Talk About Health: Understanding Disease.

The talks will take place between November 2017 and March 2018.

Let's talk about health lecture series

Early birth

Experts will discuss how premature babies, who are born before full term of pregnancy, can experience changes in brain development and face learning difficulties in early life.

A separate event will highlight research aimed at preventing preterm births and improving understanding of the long-term effects of medicines given to women at risk of early delivery.

New findings

Researchers will also talk about how studies with pet dogs are helping to investigate the health benefits of vitamin D in people.

 ‘Let’s talk about health’ is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease.  These lectures provide a chance for anyone who is interested in health research to learn more about the progress we are making towards better treatments.

Professor Karen ChapmanUniversity/British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science

Lecture series

Tickets are free but booking is essential.

All talks will be held in The Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI), next to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Little France Crescent, Edinburgh.

Date Speakers Title/ Booking Link
Wednesday 15th November 2017 Richard Mellanby, and Iris Mair, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research Vitamin D: hope or hype?
Wednesday 6th December 2017 Sarah Stock, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health; and Karen Chapman, BHF/UoE Centre for Cardiovascular Science Preterm birth: Can we do better?
Wednesday 24th January 2018 Damian Mole, Clinical Surgery & MRC Centre for Inflammation Research; and Cecile Benezech, BHF/UoE Centre for Cardiovascular Science A fat lot of good! Appendicitis and the benefits of specialised fat tissue
Wednesday 21st February 2018 James Boardman, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health; and Sue Fletcher-Watson, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences The Effect of Being Born Early on Children and Young People
Wednesday 14th March 2018 Rachel Guest, Division of Clinical Health Sciences; and Luke Boulter, MRC Human Genetics Unit Liver cancer: the impending epidemic

Related links

'Let's Talk About Health' Lecture Series

Edinburgh Medical School