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New MiniMed Series explores topical health issues

24 October 2012

The ageing eye and maintaining healthy skin are first topics to be explored.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) programme for the MiniMed 2012 / 2013 Open Lecture Series will begin this evening (Wednesday 24th October). The series of health lectures are open free of charge to the public and will be held on the last Wednesday of every month from October 2012 to March 2013 (excluding December).

Topics that will be explored during the lecture series include, Cyberchondria: the internet and self-diagnosis; maintaining healthy skin in youth and older age; the ageing eye: maintaining vision throughout life; and an insight into a pre-hospital emergency care service (which will be given by paramedics from the Dublin Fire Brigade). The lectures will be delivered by Ireland's leading healthcare experts.

"The Mini-Med Open Lecture Series is an informative and entertaining public education seminar series developed for people who are interested in learning more about health and the delivery of healthcare in Ireland. In an age of increased patient participation and greater health awareness, the MiniMed Open Lecture Series affords people the opportunity to learn more about topical health related issues from leading experts," said Dr Kevin McGuigan, Director of the RCSI MiniMed Open Lecture Series.

The RCSI MiniMed Open Lecture Series is free of charge; however registration is essential in order to guarantee a place. Previous lecture series have attracted widespread public interest with demand for places far outstripping availability. Register online at

The full lineup of the MiniMed Series is below:

Wednesday 24th October 2012
"The ageing eye: maintaining vision throughout life"
Prof. Conor C. Murphy Professor of Ophthalmology, RCSI, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

"Maintaining healthy skin in youth and older age"
Dr. Gillian Murphy, Dermatology, Beaumont Hospital.
Wednesday 28th November 2012
"Finding health information on the Internet: the consumer approach"
Kate Kelly, Chief Librarian RCSI

"Cyberchondria: the Internet and Self-diagnosis"
Mary Aiken, Cyber psychologist and Research Fellow at RCSI Institute of Leadership
Wednesday 30th January 2013
"Benefits of a healthy lifestyle with exercise"
Dr L. Joe Conway, Vice Dean RCPI / RCSI Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
"From Aqua jogging to Yoga - getting to the ‘core' of the myriad of exercise types"
Dr. Helen French, Physiotherapy, RCSI
Wednesday 27th February 2013
"Dublin Fire Brigade Paramedics- Insight into a pre-hospital emergency care service"
Paul Lambert, Station Officer & Advanced Paramedic and Fergus Byrne, Sub Officer & Paramedic with Dublin Fire Brigade
"Reducing your risk of experiencing subfertility/infertility" 
Gerri Emerson, Deputy Lab Manager, Research & Development Officer, Human Assisted Reproduction Ireland (HARI)
Wednesday 27th March 2013
"Gut Health, Colon Cancer and Colon Cancer Screening"
Joan Kehoe, Mary Conway & Janette Hanway Colorectal Nurse Specialist & Colorectal Research Nurses (RCSI), Beaumont Hospital