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Evidence-based medicine is one of the triumphs of recent decades and has indisputably saved innumerable lives and resulted in more cost-effective practice. However, is this the right approach for other areas of policy, such as conservation biology, education or crime reduction?
Two key problems are: first, that it is difficult to run randomised controlled experiments for many ecological problems; and, secondly, that local conditions mean that experiments elsewhere may not really apply to your site. Professor Sutherland will describe the strengths and limitations of the current approaches and suggest an alternative solution.
Organised in partnership with the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research (SCRR).
Open to all and free to attend – registration required.
Professor William J Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology, University of Cambridge
“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!
Professor Karen Chapman
University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.
Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments available after event.
Photography & filming
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For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]
Richard English is Professor of Politics, and Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, at Queen’s University Belfast.
Date: Thursday 2 March 2017, 5.30 – 6.30pm
The lecture may be followed by questions. Latest finishing time is 7pm.
Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
It is well known that inhaling dust particles causes disease. Ever since the early 19th century it has been recognised that inhaling large amounts of coalmine dust causes lung disease in miners. In the mid 20th Century London smogs claimed thousands of lives and the soot particles were suspected as being part of the problem, along with pollutant gases such a sulphur dioxide present in the pollution cloud.
In the late 20th century it began to emerge that, during pollution episodes, deaths were not only arising in people with lung disease but also in people with heart disease and that the particles were the most harmful component of the ambient air pollution cloud. This lead to research demonstrating that small particles possess enhanced harmfulness and also that small particles might be driving adverse effects by escaping from the lungs to accumulate at other sites in the body.
Small particles, also called nanoparticles, are small enough to migrate to the brain and to the walls of the blood vessels, triggering concern that air pollution may increase degenerative brain disease and coronary artery disease, both major killers in the general population. We will discuss this history and the latest data on the harmful effects of small particles at sites other than the lungs and alternative explanations for the mechanism of harm.
Suitable for age 18+. Cash bar available
Museum access until 9pm
What is Café Scientifique?
Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to have a conversation about the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings have taken place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.
The first Cafes Scientifique in the UK were held in Leeds in 1998. From there, cafes gradually spread across the country. Currently, some seventy or so cafes meet regularly to hear scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with diverse audiences.
Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.