Exploring global health and pseudoscience with distinguished alumni at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

Join world-renowned physicians and scientists at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry as they talk through two of the hottest health topics of our time: the global spread of infection and disease; and the pervasive fallacies of pseudoscience and their effect on human health.

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Margaret Chan – Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Western alumna who has served on the frontlines of the global fight against H1N1, SARS and avian influenza will join the Western University’s Homecoming celebrations this weekend.

Dr. Margaret Chan, former Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), will provide the 2017 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Saturday, October 21, 2017 for Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Media are invited to attend The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Margaret Chan. Please contact Crystal Mackay in advance to confirm your attendance and arrange for interviews.

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Middlesex College room 17
Media availability for interviews with Dr. Chan
*Please confirm ahead of time if you would like to interview Dr. Chan*

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Middlesex College room 110
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture “Global Health: Challenges and Opportunities”

Pseudoscience Expert Panel Discussion – Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dr. Jennifer Gunter, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a graduate of the residency training program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry grabbed national attention this past year for her pointed and passionate criticism of pseudoscientific claims about health and is on a mission to be a voice for science and evidence-based medicine online.

She will join a panel of experts moderated by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Dean Dr. Michael J. Strong to discuss pseudoscience’s effect on human health. The panel will touch on topics from vaccine-compliance to nutritional supplements.

Media are invited to attend the Pseudoscience Panel Discussion. Please contact Crystal Mackay in advance to confirm your attendance and arrange for interviews.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Middlesex College room110
Pseudoscience Panel featuring:
Dr. Jennifer Gunter, Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Alumna;
Dr. Marina Salvadori, Paediatric Infectious Disease Physician, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry;
Mark Speechley, PhD, Educator in the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health
Dr. Saverio Stranges, Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Media interviews with Dr. Jennifer Gunter and Dr. Michael J. Strong


MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Mackay, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.933.5944, crystal.mackay@schulich.uwo.ca @CrystalMackay

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