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Key seminars relevant to Usher Institute staff and students.

There are many seminars and events taking place that are organised or hosted by, or likely to be of interest to, Usher Institute staff and students.

Most seminars are listed on the Usher Institute Events page:

Usher Institute Events

Please note many seminars/events require registration to ensure there is space - please contact event organisers if in any doubt.

Key seminars across the Usher Institute

There are a number of core seminar series and meetings across the Usher Institute, not all of which will be listed on the events page.  Keep a look out for the following core events/seminars/meetings across the Usher Institute through the year.

Distinguished Speakers Seminar Series

The Distinguished Speakers Seminar series at the Usher Institute is our flagship seminar series, with invited speakers.

Previous seminars in the series:

  • Don’t take it personally: careful causal analysis of claims for personalised medicine is long overdue - Professor Stephen Senn, Head of Unit, Competence Centre for Methodology and Statistics, Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), Luxembourg; May 2018

  • Balancing personalised and population health approaches to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - Professor Nick Wareham, Director MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge; January 2018

  • The Usher Institute Annual Lecture: Managing High-Need High-Cost Patients: A Universal Challenge - Dr David Bluenthal, Professor of Medicine at Harvard University and President of the Commonwealth Fund; May 2017

  • Realistic Health: Applying the Principles of the Realistic Medicine Approach to Improve the Health of the Public - Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer to the Scottish Government; March 2017

  • Linkage of 'Big Data' in Population Health Research: Panacea? - Professor Jill Pell, Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health and Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow; January 2017

Guest Speaker Seminars

These ad-hoc seminars appear through the year when invited guests deliver seminars at the Usher Institute.

Previous guest speakers have included Professor Ajay Singh, Professor Malcolm Macleod, Professor Lucy Kuncheva and Professor Denis Kinane.

Richard Scott Lecture

Held annually, this lecture is a long-standing Edinburgh tradition. It was established in memory of Richard Scott the first Professor of General Practice in Scotland and indeed the World. It aims to cover topics of relevance to UK Primary Care with a focus on innovative and contemporary research grounded in general practice.

Centre and Research Group seminars

Many research groups hold regular meetings and informal seminars through the year.  A selection of these are listed below:

​​​​Centre for Medical Informatics Seminars

A series of lunchtime seminars, usually held at NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter on Monday lunchtimes where members of the Centre present their work.

Organised by Matt Bouamrane and Honghan Wu.

Centre for Global Health Seminars

The Centre for Global Health Research meet most Wednesday lunchtimes in Mackenzie House for open discussion over lunch.

Organised by Igor Rudan.

Centre for Population Health Sciences

Monthly seminars usually held at either Teviot Place or NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter where members of the Centre present their work.  Centre meetings through the year. 

Organised by Catriona Keerie.

Respiratory Seminars

Monthly meetings at which members of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, RESPIRE and RESCEU programmes and guests, present their work for discussion. 

Organised by Claire Jankowska.

Methodological groups

Qualitative Researchers in Health

A friendly, informal group designed for mutual support, interest and information exchange.  This discussion group of researchers from Usher and beyond who employ qualitative methods includes informal sessions on qualitative methods, analysis, writing, and ethical dilemmas by drawing on the experiences of individual members and external speakers. Anyone with an interest in qualitative research is welcome to join the group and can contact one of the convenors ( , , to be added to the mailing list.

Organised by Neneh Rowa-Dewar, Debbie Cavers and Ruth Hart.

Social Science of Health and Biomedicine Group

The Social Science group within the Usher Institute is a supportive group of researchers from across the social science disciplines. We conduct cutting-edge research in our ‘home’ disciplines, but also contribute to and lead interdisciplinary projects with colleagues across the Usher Institute, and beyond. We meet weekly for most of the year, currently on Tuesday lunchtimes, for friendly, informal seminars on topics of shared interest. New members, including interested PhD students, very welcome: contact Ingrid ( or Ellen ( with any queries.

Organised by Ingrid Young and Ellen Stewart.

Molecular Epidemiology Group

A group of epidemiologists, geneticists, statisticians and public health specialists interested in exchange of knowledge and ideas, collaboration within and outside the group and interdisciplinary approaches to discovery of factors contributing to aetiology and pathogenesis of complex diseases in humans.

Organised by Nicola Pirastu.

Edinburgh Health Economics Group

A monthly meeting for those interested in Health Economics.

Organised by Andy Stoddart.

Staff and student groups

Early Career Researchers

PhD society