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Medical Forum



The Medical Forum is a weekly lecture series presenting cutting edge medical research by leaders in their fields.

The presentations are designed for health professionals, academics and clinical researchers, and students across the Division of Health Sciences.

The Medical Forum is hosted by the Otago Postgraduate Medical Society as a joint initiative with the Dunedin School of Medicine, the School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Southern District Health Board.

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Medical Forum calendar and venue

The 2017 Medical Forum will be held at 1pm on Wednesdays 8 March through 18 October.

All sessions will be advertised on the Dunedin School of Medicine events calendar. The schedule of presentations is coordinated by Dr Sarah Soper, Postgraduate Administrator for the Dunedin School of Medicine.

Venue change: Medical Forum will be temporarily be held at Dental Blue Lecture Theatre from 8 March through 24 May, returning to the Barnett Lecture Theatre on 31 May 2017. Dental Blue is accessed from the Frederick Street side entrance.

Date Location Presenting
Medical Forum 2017 Working Schedule - subject to change
8 March Dental Blue Health Sciences: Faculty of Dentistry
15 March Dental Blue DSM: Department of Medicine
22 March Dental Blue Otago Innovation, Ltd.
29 March Dental Blue National Science challenge: Ageing Well
5 April Dental Blue Sciences: Department of Human Nutrition
12 April Dental Blue Featured alumnus: Dr Justin O’Sullivan, Liggins Institute - Pathology
19 April Dental Blue Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Human Nutrition, Associate Dean (Māori), Sciences
26 April Dental Blue HOT TOPIC I: Earthquake trauma with Dr Jennifer Jordan, University of Otago Christchurch
3 May Dental Blue Health Sciences: School of Pharmacy
10 May Dental Blue DSM: Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
17 May Dental Blue DSM: Dean's Department - Professional Development
24 May Dental Blue DSM: Department of General Practice and Rural Health
31 May Barnett Professor Sir Murray Brennan - Why US cancer care is not exportable
7 June Barnett DSM: Department of Pathology
14 June Barnett HOT TOPIC II: Postgraduate quick-fire presentations
21 June Barnett BMS: Department of Microbiology and Immunology
28 June Barnett Sciences: School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Sciences
5 July Barnett DSM: Department of Surgical Sciences
12 July Barnett DSM: Department of Medicine
19 July Barnett National Science Challenge: High-value nutrition
26 July Barnett Health Sciences: School of Physiotherapy
2 August Barnett Department of Women and Childrens Health: Obstetrics and Gynaecology
9 August Barnett BMS: Department of Physiology
16 August Barnett HOT TOPIC III
23 August Barnett DSM: Department of Psychological Medicine
30 August Barnett National Science Challenge: Healthier Lives
6 Sept Barnett DSM: Kōhatu Centre for Hauora Māori 
13 Sept Barnett Southern DHB: Chief Medical Officer 
20 Sept Barnett Alliance South and WellSouth
27 Sept Barnett Health Sciences: Bioethics Centre
4 Oct Barnett DSM: Department of Women's and Children's Health: Paediatrics
11 Oct Barnett HOT TOPIC IV
18 Oct Barnett DSM Medical Education Group: Dean's Teaching Awards

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Courtesy reminders about upcoming Medical Forums

Southern District Health Board staff and University of Otago staff and students may request courtesy text message or email reminders of upcoming sessions.

Text message (SMS) reminders

To request text message reminders, please text or email Lyn Smith at the Dean's Department:

Text 027 554 7896

Email reminders

To request email reminders, please subscribe at

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Video recordings of past Medical Forums

Video and audio recordings for 2017 Medical Forums are available at the following links.

An unexpected detour: Earthquake research at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch

Presented by Dr Jenny Jordan, 26 April 2017

Slides and audio, opens in browser media player (download m4v 121 MB)

Audio only, opens in browser media player (download mp3 58 MB)

mHealth for diabetes and obesity prevention in Māori and Pacific communities

Presented by Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Department of Human Nutrition, Associate Dean Māori (Sciences), 19 April 2017

Slides and audio, opens in browser media player (download m4v 69 MB)

Audio only, opens in browser media player (download mp3 58 MB)

The microbiome of children born preterm and artists: Evidence for long-term maintenance

Presented by Dr Justin O'Sullivan, featured alumnus, 12 April 2017

Slides and audio, opens in browser media player (download m4v 52 MB)

Audio only, opens in browser media player (download mp3 58 MB)

How safe are baby-led approaches to feeding solids? An update on the BLISS study

Presented by Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath, Department of Human Nutrition; Postgraduate Research Group: Lisa Daniels, Louise Fangupo, and Claudia Leong, 5 April 2017

Slides and audio, opens in browser media player (download m4v 125 MB)

Audio only, opens in browser media player (download mp3 58 <B)

Ageing Well: National Science Challenge update

Presented by Professor David Baxter, Director, Ageing Well National Science Challenge, and Associate Professor Debra Waters, School of Physiotherapy, 29 March 2017

Slides and audio, opens in browser media player (download m4v 129 MB)

Audio only, opens in browser media player (download mp3 58 MB)

Dialysis outcomes in the elderly: What is important?

Presented by Professor Rob Walker, 15 March 2017

Slides and audio, opens in browser media player (download m4v 113 MB)

Audio only, opens in browser media player (download mp3 551 MB)

Video recordings of past years' Medical Forums are available to stream on UniTube at

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Information for presenters

The Medical Forum features academic and clinical staff from Dunedin School of Medicine, the Otago School of Medical Sciences, and the Southern District Health Board, as well as guests from related organisations such as WellSouth. Past presenters from outside of the University have included visiting scholars and the Harkness Fellow in Medicine.

Changing allocated presentation date(s)

If a department wishes to change its allocated presentation date(s), it is the that department's responsibility to arrange a swap and to notify Dr Sarah Soper at least 15 business days prior to the scheduled presentation.

Funding for visiting lecturers

Funding for visiting lecturers is available by application. Please contact Chris Lake at the Dean's Department for further information:

Tel 64 3 470 9753 (hospital extension 59753)

Presentation guidelines

Planning your presentation:

  • The topic should be of general interest to most disciplines, as attendance is multi-disciplinary
  • Presentations which are interactive, controversial, topical, and / or which provide updates on new research are well-received
  • Presentations should be 35 minutes long, plus 5-10 minutes for discussion

Two weeks (10 business days) prior, departments / speakers must submit:

  • Name and position of speaker
  • Title of presentation
  • Name of person to introduce speaker (usually the Head of Department or visiting lecturer host)
  • Short presentation abstract (100-250 words)
  • Optional: Photos, images, and / or logos relevant to the presenter(s) and their research 

On the day:

  • The Dunedin School of Medicine's ICT Support Group staff will be on-hand to provide technical support
  • Presenters should arrive at the lecture theatre by 12:55pm to ensure that all IT requirements are met. As sound for the podcast is recorded through the lecture theatre's microphone, please use it even if you normally would not do so for the size of venue.

Permission to record the presentation

Medical Forum presentations will be recorded using Otago Capture and shared on the Medical Forum webpage. If you do not with for the audio and slides of your talk to be shared, please opt out by emailing

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Further information about the Medical Forum

For all enquiries, please contact Dr Sarah Soper at the Dean's Department:


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