Hey, senior high school students — want to become a medical detective?

 Find out how to become a medical sleuth at the 2010 Gairdner Student Lecture at UPEI, and we’ll treat you to a tour of campus and lunch.

Dr. Dave Sackett is a medical doctor who does a lot of “medical detective” research in order to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, poisonings, severe diabetes, and advanced cancer.

As “medical detectives,” Dr. Sackett’s team was the first to ask whether aspirin could prevent strokes and heart attacks (yes it can!), and whether nurse-practitioners could do a great job and take care of 80 per cent of the patients who come to a family physician’s office (yes they can!).

In order to help you decide whether you might want to become a “medical detective”, Dr. Sackett will present you with one or two “cases” his group was asked to solve.

Case #1. Several of your schoolmates are throwing up at a school dance. How would you figure out what caused it (so you can prevent it from happening again)?

Case #2. A surgeon-friend of mine claims she can prevent strokes in seniors by taking the artery that runs in front of their ear (you should be able to feel its pulse in yourselves), sticking it through a hole in their skull, and hooking it up to their brain. How would you figure out whether this was a good idea?

Sound interesting? Come out to the lecture at 9:00 am, Friday, October 15 in Room 117 of UPEI’s Main Building.

Call (902) 566-0488 to register.

Dr. David Sackett: Canada Gairdner Wightman Laureate and Medical DetectiveDr. David Sackett: Canada Gairdner Wightman Laureate and Medical Detective

In the afternoon, Dr. Sackett will present the 2010 Gairdner Faculty Lecture, “The tribulations of not doing randomized trials: helping smart doctors stop prescribing dumb treatments.”

When: Friday, October 15, at 1:00 pm

Where: Room 104, KC Irving Chemistry Centre, UPEI

Dr. David Sackett, OC, FRSC, MD, ScD, FRCP (Ottawa, London, Edinburgh), and Professor Emeritus at McMaster University is the former Director of the NHS R&D Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, and founder of the Trout Research & Education Centre where he reads, researches, writes and teaches about randomized clinical trials. He has written 10 books, contributed chapters to some 50 others, and has penned more than 300 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals.

The 2010 Gairdner Lectures are made possible by the generous support of the PEI Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, and the PEI BioAlliance.

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