Final three weeks of Mini Medical School investigates the mysteries behind HIV, transplants and sleep apnea

Finding a way to treat more than 33 million strains of HIV. The behind-the-scenes story of a 35-year-old medication that made the first liver transplant possible. Investigating technology that can help 25 per cent of Canadians get a good night’s sleep. The final three weeks of Mini Medical School will give attendees an inside look at issues that are changing the face of health care at home and around the world.

Hosted by Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Mini Medical School is an annual, seven-week lecture series that provides community members the opportunity to listen to faculty members presenting the most cutting-edge research taking place at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

The final three presenters include Eric Arts, PhD, chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, recently featured on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks 40th Anniversary episode, Order of Canada recipient, Dr. William Wall, who conducted the first successful liver transplant in Canada in 1982, and Dr. Ali Tassi, clinic director at Schulich Dentistry.

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 remaining list of 2015 Mini Medical School presentations includes:

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,


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