Science in Health Public Lecture Series
A series of lectures by leading experts in the fields of medicine and healthcare
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About the series
The highly successful Cardiff University Science in Health Public Lecture Series began in 2002. These free lectures, organised by Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, attract a diverse audience of interested individuals including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series has the dual aims of opening up areas of concern in health care and to present new research on health issues to the public.
The lectures are held on Thursday evenings, running from October to June, usually in the large Chemistry Lecture Theatre of the University Main Building. The talks commence at 19:00.
The lectures are free and no booking is required. All are welcome – including senior school pupils interested in a career in healthcare.
A recent initiative has been to provide local Yr 12 and 13 pupils with the opportunity of meeting with the speaker prior to the lecture. If you are a Yr12/13 pupil and wish to meet with one of the forthcoming speakers please contact Lorelei Simon from Community Engagement at Community@cardiff.ac.uk.
One of our recent lectures can be seen below; if you're unable to come in person, please see here to view videos of previous lectures.
Forthcoming lectures in this series
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - separating facts from fiction
Speaker: Professor Anita Thapar (Cardiff University)16th January 2014, 19.00
Bringing gene therapy to patients with Cystic Fibrosis
Speaker: Professor Eric Alton (Imperial College London)13th February 2014, 19.00
Alternative medicine: Trick or treatment?
Speaker: Professor Edzard Ernst (Peninsula Medical School)13th March 2014, 19.00
Previous lectures in this series
How to enjoy living with risk and uncertainty
Speaker: Professor David Spiegelhalter, FRS (Cambridge University)5th December, 19.00
Type 2 diabetes in Wales - how can we stem the tide?
Speaker: Professor Colin Dayan (Cardiff University)14th November, 19.00
Antibiotic resistance: When two worlds collide
Speaker: Dr Robin Howe (Public Health Wales)24th October, 19.00
New perspectives on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease
Speaker: Professor Julie Williams (Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales)8th October, 19.00
Healthy ageing: Policy and practice
Speaker: Professor Mark Drakeford AM (Minister for Health and Social Care)25th September, 19.00
Digital healthcare - a road paved with good intentions?
Speaker: Professor James Morgan, Cardiff University11th April, 19.00
Eating disorders and psychotherapy research
Speaker: Professor Christopher Fairburn, Oxford University14th March, 19.00
Finding the causes of Alzheimer’s disease
Speaker: Professor Julie Williams, Cardiff University7th February, 19.00
Aspirin Salicylates and Cancer
Speaker: Sir John Burn (World Cancer Day)4th February, 19.00‑20.30
Is it time for a war on mental illness?
Speaker: Professor Mike Owen, Cardiff University17th January, 19.00
The truth about exercise and public health
Speaker: Professor James Timmons, Loughborough University6th December 2012, 19.00
Ups and downs of a Drug Hunter - from the lab to patients (ABPI annual lecture, booking required)
Speaker: Professor Chris McGuigan, Cardiff University20th November 2012, 19.00
Why sexed up screening is bad for your health
Speaker: Dr Margaret McCartney, GP, Glasgow8th November 2012, 19.00
Allergy myths unravelled
Speaker: Dr Tariq El-Shanawany, Cardiff University18th October 2012, 19.00
The role of nursing in promoting healthy and active ageing and care of older people
Speaker: Professor Dame June Clark (To mark United Nations Older Person's Day)27th September 2012, 19.00
Can we really afford cancer?
Speaker: Prof. Richard Sullivan, Kings College London6th September 2012, 19.00
Speaker: Professor Steve Dunnett, Cardiff University26th April 2012, 19.30
Three dogmas and a U-turn: the science of vitamin D and sunshine
Speaker: Dr Oliver Gillie, Health Research Forum1st March 2012, 19.30
Transplantation – replacing body parts
Speaker: Professor James Neuberger, NHS Blood and Transplant2nd February 2012, 19.30
Autism: what exactly is it?
Speaker: Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, Barton House Group Practice12th January 2012, 19.30
Christmas Lecture: Myths, mad hatters and the makings of biochemical medicine
Speaker: Dr Duncan Cole, Cardiff University8th December 2011, 19.30
HPV – how can a vaccine prevent cancer?
Speaker: Dr Amanda Tristram, Cardiff University10th November 2011, 19.30
Can humanity afford the costs of its technology?
Speaker: Professor Sir Robert Winston ABPI annual lecture, National Museum Cardiff booking essential - email@example.com November 2011, 19.30
Managing the health effects of climate change
Speaker: Professor Anthony Costello, UCL Institute for Global Health13th October 2011, 19.30
Healthy behaviours and drugs in the promotion of healthy and active ageing
Speaker: Professor Peter Elwood, Cardiff University13th October 2011, 19.30
Stem cells for tissue repair - no need for embryos?
Speaker: Professor Phil Stephens, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University12th May 2011, 19.30
Diet, Drugs and Drink: self-inflicted disease in the 21st century
Speaker: Dr Andrew Godkin, Department of Infection, Immunity and Medical Biochemistry14th April 2011, 19.30
Antibodies: Nature's designer drugs
Speaker: Professor Martin Glennie, Professor in Immunochemistry, Cancer Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Southampton17th March 2011, 19.30
Blood, Guts and Evolution!!!
Speaker: Dr Chris Fegan, Clinical Director for Haematology, Cardiff and Vale Local Trust Board17th February 2011, 19.30
Deadly companions: how microbes shaped our history
Speaker: Professor Dorothy Crawford, Centre for Infectious Diseases, The University of Edinburgh20th January 2011, 19.30
A life of research: Milk, tropical fish and Irish linen
The Christmas Lecture, by Professor Peter Elwood9th December 2010, 19.30
The modern face of pathology and understanding disease
National Pathology Week11th November 2010, 19.30
The changing face of health in China
The changing face of health in China: global challenges28th October 2010, 19.00
Innovation, Medicines and Entrepreneurship
More details to follow14th October 2010, 19.00
Promoting Active and Healthy Ageing
In celebration of UN Older Persons Day, a public lecture by the Right Honourable Rhodri Morgan (registration required)30th September 2010, 19.00
Nano Particles and Heart Disease
Professor Ian Matthews, School of Medicine, Cardiff University10th June 2010
Beyond Blood Pressure
Professor John Cockcroft, School of Medicine, Cardiff University13th May 2010
How Do We Get Blood Clots?
Professor Gordon Lowe, Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow15th April 2010
The Marine Treasure Hunt: medicines from the sea
11th February 2010
Human biology in a real community: experience in South Wales
14th January 2010
Should every cow come with a public health warning?
25th September 2009