Public invited to medical science lecture series

Date: 21/04/2009

The University of Western Sydney's School of Medicine Dean's Lecture Series will provide an opportunity for the community to hear from some of the nation's leading medical researchers based at the UWS Campbelltown campus.

The series of free public lectures, which commence on Tuesday 28 April, will cover a range of topics and issues relating to medical science.

The inaugural lecture will be presented by the School of Medicine's Foundation Dean, Professor Neville Yeomans.

Professor Yeoman's will be speaking about Aspirin - one of the oldest agents known to be taken by humans for pain and fever relief. Originally derived from the bark of the willow tree, Aspirin is one of the first drugs to be made synthetically by chemists.

"Despite being on the pharmacy shelves for decades, the range of medicinal uses for aspirin continues to grow even in the 21st century," says Professor Yeomans.

"The drug has more recently become one of the mainstays of treatment to reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke because of its effects on the blood clotting processes. There is also evidence that it protects against the development of several cancers," he says.

Despite its extraordinary applications in medicine, Aspirin does have a Jekyll and Hyde nature.

"Each dose of Aspirin causes some damage to the stomach and, although this normally heals very rapidly, Australian researchers were the first to show that aspirin causes stomach ulcers in some people. Occasionally this leads to dangerous episodes of bleeding," Professor Yeomans says.

The lecture will trace the history of this cheap and fascinating drug, examine some measures that can be taken to minimize its side effects, and look at the balance between risk and benefit from its use.

WHAT: Dean's Lecture Series 2009
WHEN: The inaugural lecture presented by Professor Neville Yeomans, Foundation Dean on Tuesday 28 April from 6pm to 7pm (tea and coffee from 5:30pm)
WHERE: UWS School of Medicine, Building 30, Campbelltown campus, Narellan Road, Campbelltown
DETAILS: Free, but please RSVP via email
Future lecture dates: Tuesday 28 July; Tuesday 29 September; Tuesday 24 November



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