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Inaugural lectures

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Inaugural lectures

Professors who are newly arrived or promoted at Brighton and Sussex Medical School are invited to give an inaugural lecture. The lecture is a significant milestone in their academic careers, allowing them to showcase their research with an audience that includes colleagues, mentors, family and friends, students and the wider public. We host inaugural lectures throughout the year and they are free to attend.


Upcoming events


Improving neonatal care: Ancient ideas revisited

Inaugural lecture from Professor Heike Rabe

Date: Wednesday 21 February, 6:30pm
Location: Chowen Lecture Theatre, Medical School Teaching Building

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Prof Heike Rabe's inaugural graphic


Doing drugs: Through the lens of a clinical pharmacologist

Inaugural lecture from Professor Mike Okorie

Date: Wednesday 20 March, 6:30pm
Location: Chowen Lecture Theatre, Medical School Teaching Building

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A first aid kit with various medication laid out in front of it with the title of the lecture written next to it


Previous events


From despair to hope: The past, present and future of HIV medicine

Inaugural lecture from Professor Jaime Vera

HIV remains a major global health challenge, but significant progress has been made in its management. 

Professor Vera share dinsights from his research on HIV prevention, ageing, brain health, and therapeutics to illustrate the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in HIV research, and discuss actions that might be needed to eliminate HIV while improving the quality of life of those living with HIV.


Surgery: Time for an inclusive and sustainable future?

Inaugural lecture from Professor Mood Bhutta

BSMS20 officially kicked off with Prof Mood Bhutta’s inaugural lecture ‘Surgery: Time for an inclusive and sustainable future?’ 

In the first part of his talk, Prof Bhutta highlighted the hundreds of millions who live with a perforated eardrum. In the second part, he explored how a linear economy for products used in surgery, sourced through global value chains, has propagated labour abuse and environmental degradation.


Touching a raw nerve: Controversies in the field of chronic pain

Inaugural lecture from Professor Andrew Dilley 


Individualising chaos: Prescribing drugs in high stakes environments

Inaugural lecture from Professor Barbara Philips


The Silent Teacher: Lessons from Dissection

Inaugural lecture from Professor Claire F Smith



How psycho-oncology research helps patients with cancer

Inaugural lecture by Professor Valerie Jenkins


Making dreams a reality: Eliminating Hepatitus C Virus and Improviing Sympton Burden in Cirrhosis

Inaugural lecture by Professor Sumita Verma


How to reinvent primary care from the bottom up: engaging communities

Inaugural lecture by Professor Harm van Marwijk



Epidemiology - the art and science of reducing cancer risk and promoting health and wellbeing

Inaugural lecture with Prof Anjum Memon


A tail of (RNA) degradation: managing the OFF switch

Inaugural lecture from Professor Sarah Newbury

Development of an organism from egg to adult requires sets of genes to be switched on and off at particular times and in the correct order. If genes are not switched off when necessary, cells can continue to multiply in an uncontrolled way leading to cancer. Gene regulation is also crucial in controlling the balance between renewal of stem cells and pathways to cell specialisation which are required to form the particular cells and tissues in the body. Since stem cells have a vast potential in regenerative medicine for the replacement of defective tissue, the understanding of gene control is crucial for harnessing the potential of these cells. Therefore studying the mechanisms whereby genes are switched off (as well as on) is vitally important for providing basic knowledge that has potential to lead to novel therapeutics.



Infection in Modern Medicine

Inaugural lecture from Professor Martin Llewelyn