Medical Detectives

Join us for a series of public lectures which will show that keen detective work is still essential for 21st Century doctors.

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Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the lectures will highlight the University’s acclaimed medical research.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

Lecture videos

Our video playlist shows the full series of Medical Detectives lectures.

Video support

Our playlist will show all of our videos in sequence. To jump to a specific video use the left and right arrows on the player.

To view these videos you will need Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.


All lectures will be held in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Doorway 3, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG.


Case book: Fighting Cancer with Killer Cells

Dorothy Crawford, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Assistant Principal of the Public Understanding of Medicine

Thursday 29 October 2009, 6.00pm

Thursday 29 October 2009, 7.30pm

On the Cushing Case: A Tale Linked to Obesity

Jonathan Seckl, Moncrieff-Arnott Professor of Molecular Medicine

Thursday 5 November 2009, 6.00pm

Thursday 5 November 2009, 7.30pm

A Study in Scarring: The Dark Side of Wound Repair

John Iredale, Professor of Medicine

Thursday 12 November 2009, 6.00pm

Thursday 12 November 2009, 7.30pm

Hounds and the Cancer Genes: Cats and Dogs Providing Clues to Treating Human Cancer

David Argyle, William Dick Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies

Thursday 19 November 2009, 6.00pm

Thursday 19 November 2009, 7.30pm

Contact details

For more information on this event please contact Deepthi De-Silva Williams.

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