Health takes centre stage in series of talks

Researchers are gearing up to share their expertise as part of a series of talks on health and disease.

The events, which will cover kidney disease, air pollution and cancer, are open to the public.

Organisers say the series, entitled ‘Let’s Talk About Health and Disease’, will be especially interesting to budding medics, vets and scientists from local schools.

Kidney transplants

Kidney transplants are the focus of the next talk, taking place on 23 January.

Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Peter Mathieson – who trained as a kidney specialist – will speak at the event.  

Dementia and DNA

On 20 February, researchers Tom Russ and Mark Miller will share how air quality links to health conditions such as heart disease and dementia.

The final event of this year’s series, taking place on 20 March, is on the genetics of cancer and the DNA changes that take place within tumours.


The public lectures take place at 5.30pm at the Queen's Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh Bioquarter.

For more information and to book a space, please go to:

We are delighted to have such an engaging line-up of speakers covering a broad range of topics. Audience feedback from previous years has been overwhelmingly positive and shows that the talks are a brilliant forum for members of the public to find out a more about cutting-edge medical research in a really engaging way.

Professor Karen ChapmanCo-organiser