23 October 2019 Inaugural lecture​: Sumita Verma, Professor of Hepatology (BSMS) Chowen Lecture Theatre, Sussex Campus
5.30pm - 7.00pm

Making dreams a reality - Eliminating Hepatitis C virus and improving symptom burden in cirrhosis 

Sumita Verma, Professor of Hepatology at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, will present her inaugural lecture. ​ 

Liver deaths in England have increased by more than 250% since 1971 and now constitute the fourth most common cause of years of life lost. 


In 2016, after the development of highly safe and effective antiviral drugs, the World Health Organization mandated that hepatitis C be eliminated by 2030. However, as the disease disproportionately affects vulnerable adults (such as people who inject drugs and homeless people), nationally up to 50% of individuals remain undiagnosed. In this lecture, Professor Verma will discuss her research on innovative multidisciplinary and integrated community models of care utilising novel painless liver scans and finger-prick blood testing. 


Professor Verma will also discuss the role of long-term abdominal drains in improving symptom burden in advanced cirrhosis. Use of these drains allows for community management, thus avoiding hospitalisation and inappropriate interventions, and ensuring that the individual’s remaining life can be spent at a residence of choice.


Sumita Verma is Professor of Hepatology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), and an Honorary Consultant/Academic Lead in Hepatology at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. Professor Verma obtained her medical degree from the University of Delhi, India before training as a Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist in Yorkshire, UK. She subsequently worked as an Assistant Professor in Hepatology at the University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins University Hospital, before being appointed as an Academic Hepatologist at Brighton in 2007. Professor Verma has developed Hepatology research at BSMS, receiving research funding from the National Institute of Health Research, Dunhill Medical Trust and Gilead Sciences. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative community models of care for vulnerable adults with liver disease and improving symptom burden in advanced cirrhosis by assessing the role of long term abdominal drains. She has authored multiple publications in Hepatology. ​

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30 October 2019 Brains at the Bevy: What makes a brain cell vulnerable in the face of brain degenerating disease? Bevendean Cooperative Pub
6.00pm - 7.00pm

​Wednesday 30 October 2019 at 6pm - Ilse Pienaar, University of Sussex

The brain contains hundreds of thousands individual units called cells. This talk will explore what makes a brain cell vulnerable to brain degenerating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease? What makes the diagnosis so tragic is that most of us also know that once diagnosed, modern medicine cannot cure a patient, and a patient faces a long and slow decline in everyday functions they previously took for granted. I will share research that can help in designing more effective therapies to restore the abilities of specific cell types, allowing for improved benefits for patients, whilst producing fewer side-effects.
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30 October 2019 Inaugural lecture: Martin Smith, Professor of Geochemistry tbc
6.30pm - 8.00pm

Martin Smith is Professor of Geochemistry, a geologist, geochemist and mineralogist, and is the subject area lead for Geology. He has 25 years experience in geochemistry applied to problems in mineral deposit geology, hydrogeology and environmental mineralogy, and has been a Chartered Geologist with the Geological Society of London since 2012.

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13 November 2019 Inaugural lecture: Valerie Jenkins Research & Education in Cancer (BSMS) Chowen Lecture Theatre
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Professor ​Valerie Jenkins' eclectic range of work experiences and research interests have culminated in the development of relevant, evidence-based educational initiatives for the benefit of healthcare professionals and their patients. Her research interests are wide, and include the impact of chemotherapy and endocrine therapies on cognition, intervention studies examining the effect of complementary therapies (including acupuncture, yoga and hypnosis) to alleviate side effects from cancer treatments, and also assessing quality of life in patients undergoing treatment trials.

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27 November 2019 Brains at the Bevy: Flora Merrifield and the Brighton and Hove Women’s Franchise Society Bevendean Cooperative Pub
6.00pm - 7.00pm

Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 6pm, Frances Stenlake

This talk tells the little-known story of Flora Merrifield of 14 Clifton Terrace, Brighton. Her parents were Millicent Garrett Fawcett’s earliest supporters in the town, and Flora devoted her entire life to campaigning for women’s equality. As honorary secretary of the non-militant Brighton and Hove Women’s Franchise Society, she led the Brighton Road contingent in the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage to London in 1913, acted as secretary of the local War Relief Committee and of the 1916 Patriotic Housekeeping Exhibition, then chaired the Brighton and Hove Union of Women’s Local Government and Equal Citizenship.
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4 December 2019 Inaugural lecture: Juliet Wright, Professor in Elderly Medicine (BSMS) tbc
6.30pm - 7.30pm

​Professor Juliet Wright's research studies focus on the assessment of frailty in the elderly HIV population and she is currently supervising two PhD students in this area. Alongside the clinical team at BSUH she has supported the development of the Silver clinic for older patients with HIV. Frailty assessment is an emerging field in elderly medicine and she has recently started working alongside Professor Malcolm Reed in a joint medicine and surgical clinic assessing older patients with breast cancer.

Professor Wright also has a research interest in the management of hypertension in the elderly with respect to cognition and the accurate assessment and management of depression. She is collaborating with King College London in a study assessing palliative care needs in the elderly population and has received grants from the NIHR as well as from industry.

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