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.

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Gender is fundamental to many decisions in healthcare systems around the world, and this puts transgender people in vulnerable and complex positions.

Transgender people are individuals whose gender identity or gender expression is different from the sex assigned at birth. Gender identity is the internal sense of being male, female, neither or both. Transgender people have a variety of needs relating to their healthcare including access to mental health, medical transition and primary care services that are sensitive to their identities and experiences.

During this RCSI MyHealth discussion, the panel addresses the role of primary care and access to gender-affirming care, services, and support.

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You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/2neY0kzHQKo

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Professor Martin Seligman, considered to be the founder of positive psychology, delivers an RCSI MyHealth guest talk on ‘Positive Psychology, Agency and Human Progress’. Professor Seligman, who is Director of the Positive Psychology Center at University of Pennsylvania, shares his insights into the concept of agency, which is a belief that we can make a positive difference in the world, and its role in human flourishing.

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You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/TjWrL1MJbj0.

During this discussion, the panel addresses the clinical aspects of MS, the experience of living with MS, as well as exploring the research and treatments available for MS patients.

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You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/bkAjVEiHAcA.

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A panel of RCSI experts address some of the most commonly asked questions they encounter from patients about fertility and pregnancy health, as well as focusing on ways to optimise and support fertility and pregnancy health.

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You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/3ojZmqwAZ38

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Hosted by the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, Future-Proofing our Youth is the third and final event in the three-part Positive Health mini-series for 2021. A panel of RCSI experts discussed ideas from strengths-based parenting and growth mindset work and provide examples of how we can help our children develop ways of thinking about stress, adversity and challenge that builds confidence and capability. The discussion was chaired by Dr Mary Collins, Chartered Psychologist and Senior Executive Development Specialist at the RCSI Institute of Leadership.

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With the COVID-19 vaccination rollout now underway in Ireland and across the globe, a panel of RCSI experts discussed and addressed many of the common questions and genuine concerns people have about vaccine safety and getting vaccinated. This panel discussion was chaired by Professor Steve Kerrigan, Deputy Head of School (Research) in the RCSI School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.

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Hosted by the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, ‘Managing Coronaphobia – Stay Present’ is the second event in the three-part Positive Health mini-series for 2021.

A panel of RCSI experts discuss techniques to help strengthen our capacity to remain present as an antidote to an uncertain future. The discussion was chaired by Dr Mary Collins, Chartered Psychologist and Senior Executive Development Specialist at the RCSI Institute of Leadership.

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Hosted by the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, ‘The Science of Happiness’ is the first event in the three-part Positive Health mini-series for 2021.

A panel of RCSI experts look at how to define and understand happiness, as well as examine research that shows us how to increase our own happiness and that of others.

The discussion was chaired by Dr Mary Collins, Chartered Psychologist and Senior Executive Development Specialist at the RCSI Institute of Leadership.

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Supporting Child and Youth Health this Winter’ is the third event in the RCSI MyHealth Series 2020/2021. A panel of RCSI experts provide practical advice and information to how best to support child and youth health this winter. The discussion is chaired by Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health.

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‘A Toolkit for Winter Readiness’ is the second event in the RCSI MyHealth Series 2020/2021. The panel discussion, which was chaired by Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, addressed the winter flu season, what we should expect and how we can stay well this winter.

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The first event of the RCSI MyHealth Series 2020/2021, 'Living with the New Normal' was broadcast on 29 September 2020. 

The panel discussion, which was chaired by Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, addressed the significant impact that sudden and extreme change can have on people’s lives, what we can do to make change easier to accept, and how to talk to our children about COVID-19.

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Hosted by the newly established RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, the ‘Stress Management, Mindfulness and Relaxation' lecture focused on the importance of enhancing you well-being with leading experts addressing the topics of stress management, mindfulness and relaxation.

Dr Frank Doyle describes the information and misinformation available in the media regarding stress management, and shows how you can access the best scientific information and apply it to your own needs to find what stress management option works best for you.

Mindfulness represents just one type of meditation practice. Dr Pádraic Dunne, describes the different types of meditations and how they might be used, not only for relaxation and mental health but also to help alleviate physical symptoms of disease and improve overall health.

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A round table discussion – chaired by Dr Ciara Kelly, GP, TV and radio broadcaster and columnist – followed the lecture. Watch it in full below.

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The 'Tobacco and Alcohol' lecture was the second in a three-part series of Positive Health lectures at RCSI. 

Hosted by the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, the lecture focused on tobacco and alcohol with leading experts addressing these topics.

Dr Gráinne Cousins, Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences in the RCSI and Dr Ross Morgan, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine Beaumont Hospital, Dublin addressed the real effects of alcohol, tobacco and vaping on your health. The discussion was chaired by broadcaster Dr Ciara Kelly. Watch the full lecture below followed by the round table discussion. 

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In this lecture, which focused on positive health via exercise and nutrition, we heard from Prof. Suzanne McDonough, Head of the School of Physiotherapy, who discussed the beneficial effects of exercise on health and illness and addressed the barriers to active living and Dr Robert Kelly, a consultant cardiologist and Ireland’s only certified lifestyle medicine consultant, who highlighted the importance of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease. Watch the lecture below followed by the round table discussion. 

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Prof. Karina Butler is a consultant paediatrician and infectious disease specialist with Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin and Temple Street. She discussed the history of opposition to vaccinations, a movement that started as far back as the 1850s and is still prevalent today. She explained how vaccinations have supported the global decline of diseases like smallpox, polio and diptheria.

Prof. Sam McConkey is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the RCSI. He highlighted the success of vaccines by sharing three personal experiences.

Finally, Prof. James Paul O’Neill, a graduate and fellow of RCSI, is Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at RCSI Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. In his presentation, he produced the evidence and facts that show how effective the HPV vaccine has been in preventing cancer.

The lecture and following roundtable discussion was chaired by broadcaster Dr Ciara Kelly.

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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 April 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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