Lecture series

Access to accurate health information is an important resource to empower people with the tools to maintain their health and well-being.

The RCSI MyHealth Lecture Series aims to demystify common health concerns by drawing expertise and insight from our team of researchers and international health experts at the cutting-edge of medical and healthcare developments.

Open to those who want to learn more about common illnesses and health-related topics directly from leading healthcare experts, the series explores a wide range of areas in health and well-being, including child health, women’s health and positive psychology.

View our past lectures below:

Dr David Ansell – social epidemiologist, health activist and author of County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital and The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills delivered the RCSI MyHealth public lecture in November 2019.

In his lecture, Dr Ansell addressed the theme of healthcare inequality, drawing from his experience as a physician and his role as senior vice president for community health equity at Rush University Medical Centre, Chicago.

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Adopting healthy habits empowers people to take control of their own wellness, according to lifestyle medicine pioneer Dr Beth Frates who delivered an RCSI MyHealth public lecture on 'Paving the Path to Wellness' in October 2019.

Dr Frates is a pioneer in lifestyle medicine education and an award-winning teacher at Harvard University. She currently works with patients to help them adopt and sustain healthy habits, focusing on the core pillars of exercise, nutrition, sleep and stress management.

During the lecture, Dr Frates looked into how healthy habits are formed – drawing from her background in psychology and biology.

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Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in Ireland, affecting approximately one in five Irish adults, equating to 915,000 people. Speakers at the MyHealth Lecture  ‘Arthritis – My Joint Health’ dispelled several myths that exist around the condition, including the belief that arthritis is a disease reserved for older people and that surgery is inevitable for those who suffer with arthritis.

RCSI clinical experts joined the panel and discussed the signs and symptoms of arthritis and also shared guidance on how best the condition can be managed.

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The MyHealth Lecture, 'Cannabis and Youth Health – The Evidence' provided a platform for a discussion on the health issues associated with the use of cannabis, including the use of cannabinoids as a treatment in certain medical conditions, such as epilepsy, and the mental health issues connected with the use of cannabis.

The lecture was delivered by Alex Berenson – former New York Times journalist and author of the best-selling book, Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence and Prof. Norman Delanty, FutureNeuro Research Centre at RCSI, who addressed the use of cannabinoids as a treatment in certain medical conditions.

Both speakers were joined by Prof. Mary Cannon, RCSI Professor of Psychiatry; Dr Garret McGovern, Medical Director of the Priority Medical Clinic; and Prof. Susan Smith, Department of General Practice, RCSI for a panel discussion chaired by television and radio broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan

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Sepsis, otherwise known as blood poisoning, is a silent killer because it is unpredictable, rapid and can go undiagnosed due to its non-specific signs and symptoms.

This RCSI MyHealth Lecture aimed to enable the general public to recognise the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and empowers them with the information they need to ask the right questions if they have a concern about sepsis.

Part 1: Prof. Steve Kerrigan is Associate Professor in Pharmacology at RCSI and inventor of InnovoSep, a potential new breakthrough therapy in the fight against sepsis. Prof. Kerrigan is a passionate advocate for educating people about the signs of sepsis.

Watch Prof. Steve Kerrigan

Part 2: Ciarán Staunton of the Rory Staunton Foundation tells his son's story. In 2012, 12-year-old Rory developed sepsis after cutting his arm playing basketball. Tragically, Rory's sepsis went undiagnosed until it was too late, and sadly he passed away. Ciarán and his wife Orlaith established the Rory Staunton Foundation to raise public awareness of sepsis, ensuring that no other child or young adult dies of sepsis resulting from the lack of a speedy diagnosis and immediate medical treatment.

Watch Ciaran's story

Part 3: Prof. Ger Curley, RCSI Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, discusses the devastating effects of sepsis, current treatment strategies available and highlights new innovative treatments currently being developed and trialed globally.

Watch Prof. Ger Curley

Part 4: Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick, RCSI Senior Lecturer and Consultant Microbiologist, will outline the national strategy and guidelines as part of the Patient Safety First Initiative. This initiative aims to facilitate early recognition in order to maximise survival opportunity and minimise the burden of chronic sequelae.

Watch Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick

Dr Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist/neuropathologist, discovered a brain disease, brought on by concussions and blows to the head from high-impact sports, named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Dr Omalu discovered CTE when he performed autopsies and examined the brains of American football players and World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers. His work resulted in the understanding of traumatic brain injury and how repetitive and innocuous impacts to the head can result in permanent brain damage and dementia.

In his MyHealth Lecture, Dr Omalu speaks about his life and research, which inspired the book and film Concussion, in which he was played by Will Smith.

Watch Dr Omalu's lecture

Following his lecture, Dr Omalu was joined for a panel discussion by Prof. John O’Byrne, orthopaedic surgeon and FAI Team Surgeon; Dr Rod McLoughlin, IRFU Head of Medical Services; Dr Pat O'Neill, Medical Consultant in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine; Aisling Daly, retired professional mixed martial artist and founder of Safe MMA Ireland; and Bernard Jackman, former Irish international rugby player. The debate was facilitated by RTÉ presenter, Des Cahill.

Watch the panel discussion