21st Century Medicine

The medicine of tomorrow is a direct outcome of the research of today. Sydney Medical School has a large research portfolio that extends from fundamental biology to the public health measures to control disease and to leadership in large international clinical trials. Its biomedical scientists are at the forefront in areas including genetics and cell biology; its clinician scientists directly translate bench-top research into better health and improved patient care.

The research is organised around six major disease and health-focused themes: each of the lectures in the 21st Century Medicine series is presented by one of these themes.

15 August. Drinking for two - stopping the harm from alcohol in pregnancy.

Professor Elizabeth Elliott, Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Sydney
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) has been described as a ‘preventable tragedy’ and in some communities a ‘humanitarian crisis’. Professor Elizabeth Elliot explains the issues and looks at what is being done to tackle FASD in our most vulnerable populations.
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22 August. Don't just sit there ... stand up. The health consequences of prolonged sitting.

Professor Adrian Bauman, Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
It is vital that people who sit most of the day put extra physical activity into their daily routines says Professor Adrian Bauman a public health specialist in ‘activity’. His talk will focus on the evidence behind his claims and explain why prolonged sitting is a global health concern.
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5 September. Adolescent pathways to depression: interventions, choice and treatments

Professor Ian Hickie, executive director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney
Mental health expert Professor Ian Hickie believes youth, parents, and practitioners ask common questions about adolescent depression. He will discuss the most controversial question - which treatments are best suited to which young people?
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12 September. Vaccine scares and successes

Professor Robert Booy, Head of the Clinical Research team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
Vaccines for all kinds of ailments will be the key to preventing a massive global pandemic argues Professor Robert Booy. This presentation, will carefully talk you through how vaccines are designed, produced, and distributed, and is a can’t-miss for students of global health.
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19 September. Older but wiser: the science of healthy ageing

Professor Steve Simpson, Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, and Professor David Le Couteur, Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Sydney
A co-presentation by Professors Steven Simpson and David Le Couteur looks at two major issues facing Australia’s baby boomers; ageing and nutrition, and what modern science tells us about the ageing process.
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26 September. Curing Cancer: Are we nearly there yet?

Professor Roger Reddel, Director of Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI), and the Sir Lorimer Dods Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
Despite the huge effort by many countries throughout the world, a cure for cancer remains elusive. How much longer will it take? Professor Roger Reddel will describe some of the advances made in understanding and treating cancer, and what still needs to be done.
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