July 25, 2008

Examine Health and Medicine

NEWCASTLE'S Centre for Life is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the world of modern medicine.

Called Mini Medical School, the sixweek course, led by academics and clinicians from Newcastle University aims to explore a range of contemporary health issues.

Linda Conlon, Centre for Life chief executive, said: "Most of us get our understanding of medicine and medical practice from fictional TV programmes such as Casualty and ER. Mini Medical School will provide an accurate and informative view of modern medicine. It's an exciting and engaging mix of interesting topics."

No medical experience is necessary for the course of six, two- hour, weekly lectures. Mini Medical School begins on October 9 when Dr Julia Newton lectures on Standing Up for Fatigue. Further talks discuss brainmapping, obesity and diabetes, cancer drugs of the past and future, research in orthopaedics and surgery in cancer treatment, sun and skin cancer.

Prof Chris Day, of Newcastle University, said: "Mini Medical School is an opportunity to learn from professionals." It costs pounds 30 per person. Lectures 7-9pm Thursdays to November 13. Contact Ashley Kent on (0191) 243 8292 or [email protected]

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