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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.


Previous events


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

Inaugural lecture from Professor Andrew Dilley 

Chronic pain remains a clinical enigma. Why do some patients describe debilitating pain that is life changing, yet with no obvious cause?

Professor Andrew Dilley took us on a journey as he tried to unravel the complexities of chronic musculoskeletal pain. He explored how inflammation can drive changes in our peripheral nerves that contribute to symptoms, and how these changes may be common to a plethora of painful conditions.


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