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Café MED: First Female Medical Graduates of the University of Aberdeen

In this talk we hear about the first five female doctors who graduated from the University of Aberdeen in the early 1900s and discuss the changing medical student population. We consider how some of the challenges these pioneers faced relate to problems we still face today.

Speakers: Rosannah Jackson and Claire Repper (Third year medical students), Professor Rona Patey (Director of the Institute of Education for Medical and Dental Sciences) and Dr Stephen Lynch (President of Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society).

Cafe MED are informal talks bringing together the public, researchers and clinicians.

Café Med: Informing Health Policy: Is it time to celebrate or innovate?

Speakers: Professor Craig Ramsay, Director (Health Services Research Unit), Professor Mandy Ryan, Director (Health Economics Research Unit)

In 2018 we celebrated seventy years of our NHS and the award of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for our health services research. Find out how our research has changed healthcare over the last 40 years and the challenges we face in the next 40.

Café Med:- Social Media: double tapping into our insecurities?

Dealing with social media can be challenging, but for young people especially the effects on mental health can be profound. We will discuss positive and negative effects and will focus on eating disorders, as patients with these disorders can be particularly vulnerable to the impact of social media.

Speakers: Dr Louise Johnston (Consultant Psychiatrist, the Eden Unit, NHS Grampian) and Dr Tharaka Gunarathne (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, NHS Grampian)

Café Med: Breast cancer: distinguishing tigers from pussycats

An unintended consequence of national breast screening programmes is the increase in the detection of pre-invasive breast cancers, called DCIS.  We will discuss how this presents challenges for doctors and how scientists are tackling this in the laboratory. 

Speakers: Professor Valerie Speirs (Chair in Molecular Oncology, University of Aberdeen) and Mr Yazan Massanat (Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, NHS Grampian)

Café MED: Testosterone: The Goldilocks hormone

The hormone testosterone is a master regulator of several vital processes such as metabolism, reproduction and cancers.  We will discuss how too little or too much of this 'Goldilocks hormone' has an adverse effect on health and who is its 'gatekeeper'.  

Speakers: Professor Iain McEwan (Chair in Cell and Molecular Endocrinology, University of Aberdeen) and Professor Phyo Myint (Chair in Old Age Medicine and Consultant Geriatrician, NHS Grampian)

Café MED: The pros and cons of exercise

Exercise is a key element in promoting a healthy lifestyle and its benefits are well documented, ranging from weight management to better control of blood sugar.  But is all exercise beneficial?  Find out what type and how much exercise we should undertake to maintain health.

Speakers: Dr Derek Ball (Head of Sports Science, University of Aberdeen), Dr Arthur Strachan (Chief Biomedical Scientist), Dr Jenny Gregory (Lecturer in Osteoarthritis, University of Aberdeen) and Professor Alan Johnstone (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, NHS Grampian). 

 

Café MED: Live well with arthritis

Nearly 1 in 3 people in Scotland live with a condition like osteoarthritis or chronic back pain, which often significantly impacts on quality of life.  Come and hear the latest scientific evidence around best treatments and symptom management.  Learn what resources are available to help those with arthritis live well. 

Speakers: Dr Kathryn Martin (Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Aberdeen), Dr Rosemary Hollick (Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology, NHS Grampian), Caron Jenkins (Senior Operations and Development Manager, Versus Arthritis) and Angela Donaldson-Bruce (Scotland Director, Versus Arthritis).

 

Café MED: Motor Neurone Diseases: What's next?

The pan-Scotland Euan MacDonald Centre carries out research on how motor neurones work, looking at new drug treatments and improving quality of life for people with motor neurone diseases (MND).  The Centre's researchers and clinicians will discuss progress and future developments in MND. 

Speakers: Professor Simon Parson (Regius Chair of Anatomy), Dr Liz Elliot (Clinical Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh), and Ms Susan Stewart (MND Clinical Specalist)