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Community Events at the University of Otago, Christchurch

Banner image - Public Health Lectures 28 March until 9 May

All lectures are held on Tuesdays at 7pm. The lectures are in the Rolleston Lecture Theatre, on the ground floor of our building at 2 Riccarton Ave, on the Christchurch Hospital campus.

DateTitleSpeaker
March 28Quake BrainProfessor Richard Porter and Associate Professor Joe Boden
We Cantabrians are often complimented on our resilience following more than 13,000 quakes in the region. But what state is our collective mental health really in? Find out, and hear about the everyday impairments even the most resilient among us now experience.
April 4Healthy ageingDrs Hamish Jamieson and Bev Burrell.
We are now living longer but are we living better? This lecture will cover the keys to a healthier Third Age; the secrets our bodies reveal about how long and healthy we will live to be; and one thing we can all do (spoiler alert: it's not exercise or a daily glass of wine) to help ourselves feel better as we age and deal with chronic health conditions.
April 11Partners in a healthier PacificProfessor Steve Chambers and Kiki Moate
The University of Otago, Christchurch, is involved in work in the Pacific to improve health standards, both on a population and personal level. Hear about the work of infectious disease expert Steve Chambers and paediatric surgeon Kiki Maoate, and how we are training Pacific Island health care professionals to better assist their communities. td>
April 18Educating our future doctors - have your say.Professor Tim Wilkinson and Jen Desrosiers
It takes a community to raise a doctor. This interactive lecture will start by highlighting some of the current strategies we are using to create socially accountable doctors of the future. Then the floor will be open to the audience to bring forward ideas about how the medical curriculum can be enhanced to better respond to the needs of the community. td>
April 25No lecture this week
May 2Vitamin C : snake oil or valid cancer or infection therapy?Associate Professor Gabi Dachs and Dr Anitra Carr.
Vitamin C is vital for human health but New Zealand's recommended daily intake is among the lowest in the world and does not result in optimum levels in the blood. What are optimal levels for the healthy and unwell? And what evidence is there for the use of vitamin C in cancer patients and those with serious infections, including current Christchurch studies to answer these important questions?
May 9The wonderful world of 3D-bioprintingAssociate Professor Tim Woodfield and Dr Khoon Lim.
You might be surprised to learn know that Canterbury is home to world-leaders in 3D-bioprinting. This is where human cells are 3D printed into pieces of tissue, cartilage, bone - and one day possibly viable organs for transplant. This lecture will explain current technology; how far off we are from printing new hips and knees; and the world-leading work our scientists and engineers are doing to get there.

2016 Public Health Lectures

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Recordings of the 2015 Public Health Lectures

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