A dirty secret that could save lives and six more health issues featured at this year’s Mini Medical School

Do fecal transplants really save lives? How does the brain decide what to focus on and what to ignore? How far are researchers in the international search for therapies for HIV-1 and other global infectious diseases?

These three topics are only part of the seven-week, sold-out lineup at Mini Medical School hosted by Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Mini Medical School gives community members an inside look at current health topics and issues being discussed by researchers and faculty members from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Beginning Thursday, October 1, internationally recognized researchers will share their knowledge with the public – from Order of Canada recipient, Dr. William Wall, who conducted the first successful liver transplant in Canada in 1982, to a panel presentation with members of Western’s Bone and Joint Institute.

Limited space is available for media. Interested media should contact Tristan Joseph. Mini Medical School will be held in Talbot College, Room 141, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

The full list of 2015 Mini Medical School presentations includes:

October 1 – “Brain filters: How the brain separates the wheat from the chaff”
Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo, associate professor; Provincial Endowed Academic Chair in Autism

October 8 – “Team talk: How health care teams communicate and why it matters for patient care”
Lorelei Lingard, PhD, professor; director, Centre for Education Research & Innovation

October 15 – “Fecal transplants: Is this crap really medicine?”
Dr. Michael Silverman, chair; chief, Infectious Diseases, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London

October 22 – “Making strides towards lifelong mobility: Arthritis, osteoporosis and disc degeneration”
Panel presentation with members of Western’s Bone and Joint Institute

October 29 – “HIV-1 and global infectious diseases”
Eric Arts, PhD, chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

November 5 – “Transplantation: The whole story”
Dr. William Wall, professor emeriti, Department of Surgery

November 12 – “Dental treatment of obstructive sleep apnea: Oral appliances and jaw surgery”
Dr. Ali Tassi, assistant professor and clinic director, Schulich Dentistry

MEDIA CONTACT: Tristan Joseph, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, 519-661-2111 ext. 80387, c: 519-777-1573, tristan.joseph@schulich.uwo.ca


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