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UCL Medical Sciences Lecture Series - virtual events designed to inspire you with the fascinating world of medical sciences.

We are delighted to continue our UCL Medical Sciences Lecture Series throughout 2021. We believe that science can save the world, so we’ve designed these lectures to inspire and engage you with the fascinating world of medical science.

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Each lecture is free and open to everyone - staff, students and members of the public.

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The Big "C" - Cancer in 2021

In this talk, you will hear about where we are with cancer care in the UK with guest speaker Dr Ursula McGovern. We bust a few myths, put some preconceptions of cancer treatment to the test and discuss some of the breakthrough new treatments for our patients living with a cancer diagnosis.

 


 

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COVID...every breath you take... we'll be helping you

This online lecture and Q&A with Professor Mervyn Singer took place on the 26 June 2020.
Professor Singer talked about the challenge of treating seriously ill COVID-19 patients on the front line, his innovative work with Mercedes Formula 1 to develop new devices to help patients, and answered questions.


 

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How UCL revolutionised prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment for men 

Watch the lecture and Q&A with UCL's Mark Emberton, Professor of Intervention Oncology and Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men with around 130 new cases diagnosed in the UK every day and more than 10,000 men a year dying as a result of the disease. Without a reliable test and fool-proof way to diagnose patients, the team at UCL created a new, non-invasive test for prostate cancer that is now used all over the world – saving many lives. In this talk, Mark will tell our remarkable story of how this screening was developed.


 

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Oh, I wish it could be Christmas dinner every day! 

A recording of the UCL Medical Sciences Public Lecture that took place on 8 December 2020. Watch the lecture and Q&A with Professor Nathan Davies: ‘Oh I wish it could be Christmas dinner every day!’

Christmas dinner is the most anticipated meal of the year. For many people, this involves weeks of planning to ensure everything is just right for the big day. In this talk, we take a closer look at our Christmas menu to see how it stacks up in terms of the healthy and not so healthy components. We see whether it is possible to achieve your ‘five-a-day’ in a single meal and ask the question of just how many chocolates you should eat. Also, if Father Christmas stops for a mince pie in every house, how much exercise does it take to burn off the calories?


 

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Antimicrobial resistance - The Pandemic that is forgotten but not gone

Watch the lecture and Q&A with UCL's Professor Tim McHugh, Director of UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology.
 
Over the last 12 months, we have been looking the other way, but the AMR pandemic not only continues but finds new expression in the world that changes in response to SARS-CoV-2. The AMR pandemic is definitely not gone and cannot be forgotten.

 

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'One-shot' radiotherapy safer and as effective for treating breast cancer as longer course

Watch the lecture and Q&A with Jayant Vaidya, Professor of Surgery and Oncology at UCL Division of Surgery.

In this talk, you will hear about a pioneering breast cancer therapy which requires one shot of radiotherapy rather than conventional weeks-long treatment, which has proven to be safer and as effective for most women in treating the disease. 


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Can we grow artificial tissues and organs in the lab?

In this recording, you will hear about the latest advances and challenges in growing synthetic tissues and organs for regenerative medicine and surgical treatments. 

Wenhui Song is the head of the UCL Centre for Biomaterials in Surgical Reconstruction and Regeneration.

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Treatment for COVID-19: getting out of the pandemic 

Watch the lecture and Q&A with Professor David Lomas that took place on the 24 July 2020. Professor Lomas talked about the treatments available for COVID-19 patients, how effective they are, and medical strategies that could help us out of the pandemic.

 


 

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The long winter: What’s in store in the next phase of COVID-19?

Watch the lecture and Q&A with Dr Jennifer Rohn. Dr Jennifer Rohn is a cell biologist at University College London and an author. She is a key member of the teaching staff for our Applied Medical Science BSc programme, and is a Principal Research Fellow with the Division of Medicine at The Royal Free Hospital, where her research team studies the interactions of pathogens with the human host.


 

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Breathing in COVID-19

Watch a recording of a talk and Q&A with UCL's Professor Joanna Porter, Head of Undergraduate Respiratory Teaching at UCLH, on Breathing in COVID-19: The short and long term impacts of COVID-19 on our lungs.

COVID-19 is impacting all of us across the world.  In this lecture and Q&A, we talked more about COVID-19 and the new variants, initial timelines of infection, how it hijacks the body to spread to others, and the effect it has on the lungs.  We also took a look at how our body’s immune system may worsen lung inflammation and how the lung recovers from infection and returns to normal. 


 

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Gene & stem cell therapies: Correcting nature’s spelling mistakes

A recording of a talk and Q&A with Emma Morris, Professor of Clinical Cell and Gene Therapy at UCL Institute of Immunity & Transplantation, as she explained how doctors and scientists can use new gene therapy and gene editing methods to treat rare inherited diseases.

Emma is a clinical academic and international leader developing novel gene and cell therapy approaches for the treatment of cancer, infection and immune disorders. Her major focus is on leading the expansion and adoption of advanced therapies and stem cell transplantation into routine clinical care for NHS patients. Emma was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2020.


 

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Nanomedicine: from cancer to COVID-19

A recording of a live talk and Q&A with UCL's Gavin Jell, Associate Professor in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, on Nanomedicine: from cancer to COVID-19.

This talk explored what nanomedicine is, the advantages nanotechnologies offer in the treatment and diagnosis of disease, and future challenges.

Nanotechnology in medicine could involve employing nanoparticles to deliver drugs, heat, light or other substances to specific types of cells (such as cancer cells). This technique reduces damage to healthy cells in the body and allows for earlier detection of disease.


 

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Should we still care about HIV?

Watch th electure and Q&A with Thumbi Ndung'u, Professor of Infectious Diseases at UCL.

In this recording, you will hear about the origin and future of HIV/AIDS including the remaining significant scientific and public health challenges.

Thumbi Ndung’u is the Director for Basic and Translation Science at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in Durban, South Africa.

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