Meeting of the Minds

The Brain is arguably the most complex organ in the human body. Over two days, Imperial College Neuroscience Society will showcase the very best neuroscience has to offer, covering a range of key concepts including neuropathology, neurosurgery and neuroscience. Get hands-on experience at our practical workshops, attend inspirational talks and network with those at the […]

And the Nobel Prize goes to…

It’s that time of year when outstanding advances in science are acknowledged and celebrated by awarding the Nobel prizes. Here’s all you need to know about the science behind the prizewinners. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine This year, the Nobel Prize for medicine has been awarded to Japanese cell biologist, Yoshinori Ohsumi. The 71 […]

Creating Psychiatry

Join the Wellcome Collection in the first of two discussion events exploring issues in the contemporary mental health system. These ‘Shrink Radio’ conversations will be curated byRe:Create Psychiatry, a service-user-led exploratory platform based at the Dragon Café, which brings together people with lived experience of mental ill-health and medical professionals to stimulate dialogue and collaboration. […]

Science: Disrupt London Sessions – Future Health

The world of tech, startups, makers, innovators and collaborators are beginning to be welcomed in to the scientific ecosystem in a way never seen before. Science: Disrupt brings together the innovators, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science. Join us at Interchange for our 2nd Science: Disrupt London Session on the theme of FUTURE […]

Medical Magic in Mushrooms?

Ingredients in magic mushrooms may have profound therapeutic potential in the treatment of psychological disorders, but under current UK law, it’s almost impossible to study them. We ask Professor David Nutt where scientists can get their hands on some…

The Size of a Walnut: Your Heart In Their Hands

What does it feel like to hold a baby’s heart in your hands? To ‘feel’ their life. No one really talks about this, but as well as the obvious responsibility associated with cardiac surgery on children, there is also (for almost all surgeons) a great deal of emotion. In an attempt to explain that to […]

An Audience with Sir Mark Walport

Sir Mark Walport is the current Government Chief Scientific Adviser and is responsible for providing scientific advice to the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet, advising the government on aspects of policy on science and technology, and ensuring and improving the quality and use of scientific evidence and advice in government. He is the former Director […]

Museums at Night: Vaccination- Yes or No?

Explore the specimen filled Hunterian Museum at night for this special event looking at our changing attitudes to vaccination. The British Society for the History of Science ‘Strolling Players’ will perform their specifically commissioned piece designed to educate and delight. Hear the Medical Historian and author Dr Richard Barnett talk about disturbingly beautiful illustrations of infectious diseases from his book […]

Symposium: People Powered Medicine

The Hunterian Museum has a fantastic number of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens in innumerable jars for your viewing pleasure that document the progression from the the 17th century through to modern day. Join them for a special day-long event that explores the relationship between the medical profession and the public it serves. Discover how the relationship between doctor […]

The Artificial Heart: A New Ending?

Since the development of the heart lung machine in the middle of the last century, cardiac surgeons have dreamed of developing an artificial heart to deal with the failing human heart. Those dreams have now reached reality, and the first fully implantable artificial hearts are in use. Previously considered a bridge to heart transplantation, they […]

Chelsea Physic Garden Through the Ages

Nestled in the heart of Chelsea lives over 5000 species of plants, many of them medicinal or otherwise ‘useful’ to our lives in the Chelsea Physic Garden. Almost 350 years after it was found by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Michael Holland, Head of Education at the Garden will be exploring its past and some of […]

Stroke in the Elderly: Slowly Retreating

The risk of stroke steadily increases with old age, but in relative terms both the risk of having a stroke and disability as a result of stroke are decreasing. It remains one of the most feared, and common, serious medical results of aging but incremental improvements in prevention and treatment of stroke including reduction in […]

Stroke in the Elderly: Slowly Retreating

The risk of stroke steadily increases with old age, but in relative terms both the risk of having a stroke and disability as a result of stroke are decreasing. It remains one of the most feared, and common, serious medical results of aging but incremental improvements in prevention and treatment of stroke including reduction in […]

Utilising adult stem cells to treat liver disease – from basic science to clinical trials

Professor Newsome’s laboratory focusses on trafficking and role of both adult and embryonic stem cells in the context of liver injury. This has allowed identification of the key molecular interactions that regulate the successful engraftment of such cells into the liver. In the largest randomised controlled trial of stem cell therapy so far,  he is treating […]

Thinking on Sunday: How should we use unproven treatments during an epidemic?

Dr Annette Rid discusses the key points of using unproven treatments during an epidemic, the ethical controversy and draws some important lessons for how we should use unproven vaccines and treatments during future epidemics. In 2013, the world began to witness an unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa that is now smoldering. Ebola virus disease […]

How to Choose a Doctor or Surgeon

Various governments have promoted ‘patient choice’ as part of NHS reforms. Yet few people know how either to make that choice or how to exercise it. This lecture will consider the criteria one might use to differentiate one doctor from another or one surgeon from another, and whether you should be judging the individual, the […]

The Art of the Image: Leonardo da Vinci and medical imaging

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest anatomists ever to have lived. He personally dissected more than thirty human corpses to explore every aspect of anatomy and physiology, and recorded his findings in drawings of unparalleled beauty and lucidity. This talk will show his concepts as imaged today with the most up-to-date technology in […]

Changing Minds and Mental Health

What happens when people change their minds? In this lecture, forensic psychiatrist Professor Gwen Adshead will offer a historical perspective on changing minds, starting with a discussion of the role of medicine in changing minds. She will discuss the move from changing behaviour to changing thinking, and changing stories; and how modern mental health services […]

To Blame or Not to Blame: The Medical Profession and Blame Culture

Traditionally, medicine has been taught by imitation, apprenticeship and humiliation. Think Sir Lancelot Spratt. Whilst that has clearly improved, there persists, in many areas, a blame culture. Following regulatory changes and various hospital scandals there is much ‘holding to account’. The combination of tradition and punitive language has done little to foster a just culture, […]

Stephen McGann: Representations of medicine on TV

To kick off 2016 we welcome Stephen McGann, actor of BBC drama Call the Midwife and author of the upcoming book ‘Doctor Turner’s Casebook’ which details the medical background to some of the cases portrayed in Call the Midwife. Stephen has written an essay for the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine about the […]

Lunch Hour Lectures: Cannabis: pleasure, madness and medicine

Cannabis has been used throughout history for medicinal as well as pleasurable effects. Its 100 unique ingredients vary widely in different types of cannabis, posing a range of questions in terms of medicalisation and legalisation. This lecture will look at its effects, but also its potential.