This afternoon I have heard presentations from seven former students of the Christchurch Med School (University of Otago Christchurch), almost all now Professors.  It has been fascinaying and moving.

1.00 – 1.25 Professor Vicky Cameron, Cardiovascular risk factors in Maori and non- Maori communities: Strategies for improved clinical management’ 

Fascinating comparision between an urban Maori, Rural Maori and urban non-Maori cohort.  Despite  good access to primary care  and little access to fast food outlets urban Maori were exhibiting the highest risk factors.

1.25 – 1.45 Mr Tim Eglinton, ‘Starting at the bottom and working up: Perianal Crohn’s Disease in Canterbury’

Canterbury has one of the highestrates of Chrons disease in the world!

1.45 – 2.15 Dr Quentin Durward, ‘The Crash of United Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, July 19 1989: Community and Medical Response to a Mass- Casualty Commercial Airliner Disaster’

Very moving account of dealin with an air disaster.  Fortunately there was a great plan in place.

2.15 – 2.45 Professor Michael Ardagh, ‘After the dust settles – researching the health implications of seismic events’

Also very moving.  Prof Ardagh is head of the Emergency Department here.  He talked about the response to the earthquake.  Again the importance of a plan can not be overesimated.     Who knew that during those first few hours the blood bank was still processing requests while ankle deep in water, suffering power outages, in a basement of a very shakey multistory building, all at the same time as not knowing about  their own families?  More heroes unsung!

 

Afternoon sessions

Come tomorrow.

Chair: Professor Lisa Stamp

3.30 – 4.00 Professor Brian Darlow, ‘From small to

big – clinical research in newborn medicine’

4.00 – 4.30 Professor Rob Walker, ‘Nephrology: Ross Bailey – Drugs and the Kidney’

4.30 – 5.00 Professor Bridget Robinson, ‘Keeping Cancer Research Close to the Patient’ 

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