Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Inaugural lectures 2017


July lectures

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Professor Margaret Wilsher

Date: 18 July 2017

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

AMRF Lecture Theatre 505-011, Grafton Campus

‘A career in nine lessons’

Combining clinical practice and academic pursuits is always challenging although ultimately rewarding. The addition of a substantial administrative and leadership role adds to considerable juggling of the diary, particularly on children’s sports days. Read more.

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Professor Cameron Grant

Date: 19 July 2017

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

AMRF Lecture Theatre 505-011, Grafton Campus

'Our children are the treasures of tomorrow’

How we care for our children shapes their future and our future as a nation. Keeping children healthy and providing excellent healthcare to them is not a passive process, is not necessarily easy and does not always align well with our own lives. Read more.

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Professor Lai-Ming Ching

Date: 20 July 2017

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

AMRF Lecture Theatre 505-011, Grafton Campus

'Creative cancer cures….and more!'

Within every patient’s tumour, we find large numbers of normal, non-cancerous cells of the immune system. More often than not, instead of attacking the cancer, the immune cells have been redeployed in the tumour to perform functions that enable the cancer to grow bigger and faster. Read more.

 

August lectures

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Professor Michelle Glass

Date: 2 August 2017

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

Lecture Theatre 505-007, Grafton Campus

'A random walk through the cannabis field’

Within every patient’s tumour, we find large numbers of normal, non-cancerous cells of the immune system. More often than not, instead of attacking the cancer, the immune cells have been redeployed in the tumour to perform functions that enable the cancer to grow bigger and faster. Read more.

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Professor Warwick Bagg

Date: 9 August 2017

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

Lecture Theatre 505-007, Grafton Campus

‘Evolving careers and curriculum: the changing face of medicine’

Medical careers evolve over time adapting to changes in knowledge, attitudes and beliefs in order to meet society’s changing needs. This is Warwick’s personal story of a challenging career and facilitating change within the medical programme. Read more.

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Professor Jon Skinner

Date: 16 August 2017

Time: 5.30-7pm

Lecture Theatre 505 007, Grafton Campus

‘I don’t have to blame myself anymore’

My talk will be of the turns and twists of fate that have pushed me along into various directions both geographically and professionally, and ended up with me stumbling into an area of research that I am passionate about.  I will talk of the families who have suffered the unfathomable loss of a child through sudden death, and how this fired a spark in me to get some answers for them. Research it had to be, for there were no answers in regular clinical medicine.  Maybe some of the answers lay in the genes? Read more...

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Professor Simon Mitchell

Date: 23 August 2017

Time: 5.30 - 7pm

Lecture Theatre 505 007, Grafton Campus

‘Bursting bubbles. How a recreational passion drove an academic career’

My academic journey started with a teenage passion for scuba diving and an aspiration to be a great diver and to know everything about “the bends”. The diving part was comparatively easy, but knowing everything about anything proved much harder! I shall offer unassailable proof that I was a poor student at a young age, and my transition to the present was only made with extensive help and encouragement from inspirational friends, mentors and colleagues. Read more.

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Professor Jennifer Weller

Date: 30 August 2017

Time: 5.30-7pm

Lecture Theatre 505 007, Grafton Campus

‘Tribes, Teams and Trust'

For patients, undergoing surgery requires an act of faith. They trust us to do the right thing, and to do it right. Unfortunately that’s not always the case. Adverse healthcare events (in total – not just surgical) account for about 3% of all health loss in New Zealand. Read more.

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Professor Trevor Sherwin

Date: 13 September 2017

Time: 5.30-7pm

Lecture Theatre 505 007, Grafton Campus

‘Migration, migration, migration: from parasite to eyesight’

A tale of cell migration in tissue development and disease pathology, research migration from molecular parasitology to regenerative medicine, and human migration from war-torn Europe to modern-day New Zealand.  Read more.