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.
The RCSI MyHealth Lecture Series will be available as a podcast – as well as video – for the first time throughout 2022/23. You can listen to the podcast version by searching for ‘RCSI MyHealth’ on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Alternatively, as each episode in the series is released, you can listen to the podcast episode or watch the video directly on this page.
View our past lectures below:
In this episode, the panel discuss the science behind obesity, as well as explore some of the common misconceptions around obesity and stigma, how we think and talk about obesity, and best practices in obesity care delivery.
Listen to the podcast here (or wherever you listen to your podcasts).
- Irish Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ICPO)
- Association for the Study of Obesity in Ireland (ASOI)
- ASOI Guidelines on Weight Bias for Health Professionals
- Childhood Obesity Education
- Beyond Stigma
- Dr Brendan O'Shea article, 'Opening the conversation on overweight' – Irish Medical Times
- Kite, James et al review on 'Influence and effects of weight stigmatisation in media: A systematic review'
- Clinical Guidelines for Adult Obesity Treatment
- Child and Adolescent Obesity Training
- 30th European Congress on Obesity (hosted in Dublin in May 2023)
- European Association for the Study of Obesity
- Challenging Obesity Stigma
As part of this discussion, the panel will explore the process of retirement from a psychological aspect and lifestyle medicine perspective, as well as sharing practical tools and strategies to prepare for a successful retirement.
Speakers include Dr Trudy Meehan, Lecturer at the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health; Professor Robert Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Medicine, RCSI; and Medical Director Lifestyle Health and Well-being, Consultant Cardiology and Lifestyle Medicine, Beacon Hospital, Dublin.
Watch the video
Listen to the podcast here (or wherever you listen to your podcasts).
- The Science of Health and Happiness – As We Age
- Age Proof: The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life (Professor Rose Anne Kenny)
This first episode, addressing the topic of youth mental health, features Professor Pat McGorry, a psychiatrist known worldwide for his development and scaling up of the early intervention and youth mental health services. As part of this discussion, the panel discuss mental health as a health priority for young people, early warning signs, as well as protective factors and resources available.
Listen to the podcast here.
- Protecting Youth Mental Health - The US Surgeon General's Advisory
- Youth mental health educational resources for teachers and other educators
- National Centre for Youth Mental Health
- HSE Mental Health supports and services
- HSE Adult Mental Health Services
- Pieta House – Freephone 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444
- National Office for Suicide Prevention – TEXT 50808 - a text-based service
- The RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health presents a new online public course entitled, ‘The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People’.
We hear from the perspectives of a parent, a clinician and a scientist, while the clinical aspects of epilepsy – its prevalence, causes and the current pathway to diagnosis – are also discussed. At this event, a parent of a young man with epilepsy shared her experience of that journey and the importance of a diagnosis for her son and the whole family. Our panel also discuss the role of genomics in the diagnosis of some forms of epilepsy, and the potential genomic research may play in identifying new treatments.
The panel discussion was chaired by Dr Susan Byrne, Paediatric Neurologist with Children’s Hospital Ireland, Crumlin and Senior Lecturer in SFI FutureNeuro Centre, and Department of Paediatrics, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
A broad overview of cancer is provided and we address some of those most commonly asked questions about symptoms, risk factors and prevention measures, treatments and preparing for treatment, as well as the latest in cancer research.
Our panel of experts address some of the symptoms, causes, prevention measures and latest treatments for heart and cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and heart failure.
In this RCSI MyHealth Series episode, our expert panel will focus on moving the conversation forward to empower women to a better menopause experience through increased awareness of their person-centred, multidisciplinary, evidence-based healthcare options.
In this RCSI MyHealth Series episode, our expert panel take a multidisciplinary approach to the topic of positive ageing, reviewing the physical, physiological and psychological aspects associated with ageing and share strategies that promote and support positive and healthy ageing.
- The Science of Ageing
- What are telomeres?
- The science of cells that never get old (Elizabeth Blackburn)
- The Blue Zones
- HSE Positive Ageing research strategy
- Dementia Services Information and Development Centre
- HSE guidelines on physical activity
- Age & Opportunity
- Hello Brain
- HSE Healthy Eating Active Living
- Get Ireland Walking
The theme of learning to live well as we emerge from the pandemic continues in this next instalment of MyHealth. In part 2, our panel shows how the remaining three pillars of lifestyle medicine; diet and nutrition, stress reduction and mental health, and harmful substance reduction can help us to make positive changes in our lives to improve our physical and emotional health.
You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/gTpSgAdABqY
Diet and nutrition
- British Dietetic Association: Food fact sheets
- Healthy Ireland: Nutrition myth-busters
- UCD: Public nutrition lecture series
- SafeFood: 101 square meals booklet
- SafeFood: Healthy eating resources
- Find a dietitian
Alcohol and smoking
- HSE: Weekly low-risk alcohol guidelines
- HSE Quitline (Call 1800 201 203 or freetext QUIT to 50100)
- Drug and alcohol taskforces websites
- HSE: Ask about alcohol
- Healthy Ireland
- Hello Sunday Morning
- HSE: Drug and alcohol information and support
- Cannabis use fact sheets
- Notes on HSE weekly alcohol guidelines
Learning to live well as we emerge from the pandemic is the theme of the next two discussions in the MyHealth series.
In part 1 of 'Your toolkit for living well during the pandemic – the six pillars of lifestyle medicine', a panel of RCSI experts review the lifestyle medicine pillars of physical activity and exercise, healthy relationships and sleep to explore the strategies and tools we can use to improve our physical and emotional health.
You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/Kgmf7mcRpto
- Healthy Ireland
- HSE: Physical Activity Guidelines
- WHO: Physical activity
- WHO: Physical activity fact sheets
- RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health (CPPH)
- RCSI CPPH: The Science of Health and Happiness
- RCSI CPPH: The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People
- Curtis Clock Lab
- National Sleep Foundation
- Irish Society for Immunology
‘Long COVID, breakthrough infections and booster vaccines: what the science tells us’ is the first event in the RCSI MyHealth Series 2021/2022.
A panel of RCSI experts address some of the common questions people have about the impact of Long COVID on health, booster vaccinations and breakthrough infections.
This discussion was pre-recorded on Monday, 13 September 2021 in compliance with social distancing measures.
You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/WEiUVQt3pOM
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.
You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/2neY0kzHQKo
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.
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.
You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/bkAjVEiHAcA.
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.
You can also watch the discussion on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/3ojZmqwAZ38
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.
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.
- WHO – How do vaccines work?
- New England Journal of Medicine – COVID-19 vaccine FAQs
- ID Society – COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network
- RCPI, IOG and NIAC– questions and answers for pregnant or breastfeeding women and their doctors about COVID-19 vaccination
- HSE – COVID-19 vaccines
- HPSC Polio in Ireland
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
A round table discussion – chaired by Dr Ciara Kelly, GP, TV and radio broadcaster and columnist – followed the lecture. Watch it in full below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.