AoP WEBINAR SERIES: Emerging issues in medicine

The AoP Webinar series on Emerging Issues in Medicine hosts discussions between leading researchers on key topics at the leading edge of our medical knowledge and research methodology relevant to a wide range of medical disciplines. Hosted by the AoP and/or a leader in the field, they aim to explore the relevance of the topic for the general physician and translational researchers.

AoP Webinars are delivered live allowing the audience to ask questions during the webinar but are also recorded for wider viewing. The live events are planned to occur at different times in the day to accommodate the needs of those with caring and other responsibilities.

Recent webinars are available to view via the Association’s YouTube Channel AoPGBI:

  1. Machine learning and artificial intelligence in medicine – for now or for tomorrow?

    Big Data and bioinformatics as well as national audits is making very large datasets available to health care researchers. Can Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence help extract new understanding from this data? What are these techniques and where can they be applied? Is this more hype then hope?

    This webinar is a discussion with 3 experts in this field working in different aspects of health care.

    The Programme: Thursday, 7  October, 2021

    13.00-13.05 Chairs:
    Professor Colin Dayan
    Treasurer, Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland
    Professor of Clinical Diabetes and Metabolism, Cardiff University
    Prof Paul Harper
    Director, Data Innovation Institute, Cardiff University
    13.05-13.10 “What is AI/ML”?
    Dr Tom Monks
    Associate Professor of Health Data Science, University of Exeter
    13.10-13.15 Text analysis in healthcare
    Prof Irena Spasic
    Professor in Computer Science, Cardiff University
    13.15-13.20 Multimorbidity and Artificial Intelligence
    Prof Bruce Guthrie
    Professor of General Practice, The University of Edinburgh
    13.20-14.00 Panel Discussion
  2. Translating current genetics into clinical practice

    The new NHS Genomic Medicine Service marks an exciting new chapter in translating genetics into patient benefit. This webinar will include short talks by leaders in the field followed by a panel discussion, aiming to explore the challenges and opportunities ahead as genetic testing and therapies have the potential to impact all areas of medicine in primary and secondary care.

    The Programme: Tuesday, 18 May, 2021

    17.00-17.05 Welcome
    Prof Julian Knight
    Executive Committee Member, Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland,
    University of Oxford
    17.05-17.15 “The 100,000 Genomes Project: transforming the NHS.”
    Prof Sir Mark Caulfield
    Chief Scientist, Genomics England
    17.15-17.25 “Clinical expansion of Cancer Susceptibility Genetics: opportunities and challenges”
    Professor Clare Turnbull
    Professor of Translational Cancer Genetics, Institute of Cancer Research
    17.25-17.35 “Gene therapy – success, failure and the future”
    Professor Deborah Gill
    Professor of Gene Medicine, University of Oxford
    17.35-17.45 “Social and ethical aspects of genomics”
    Professor Nina Hallowell
    Professor and CoDirector of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Health Data Science, University of Oxford
    17:45-18:00 Panel Discussion
  3. Can evidence-based medicine survive in a pandemic?

    The Covid-19 pandemic emerged and consumed over half a million lives within 6 months. There has been an unprecedented response from the medical research community but dissemination of data has often occurred via media announcements and pre-prints without the usual checks of the peer review process. Has this served us well under the circumstances? Or should we do things differently in future?

    QJM Read the QJM article annoucing the webinar “can evidence-based medicine survive in a pandemic?” Christian Delles, Colin M Dayan, Anna F Dominiczak, Seamas C Donnelly, Alan D Irvine

    The Programme: Wednesday, 2 September, 2020

    17.00-17.05 Setting the scene: introduction from the Secretary of the AoP (Co-Chair)
    Professor Christian Delles
    Secretary, Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland
    Professor and Consultant Physician at the Institute for Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences,
    University of Glasgow
    Professor Alan Irvine (Co-Chair)
    Executive Committee Member, Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland
    Professor in Dermatology, Trinity College Dublin
    17.05-17.10 Immediate pandemic responses – history and behavioural perspectives
    Dr Ida Milne
    Pandemic Social Historian, Carlow College, Ireland
    17.10-17.15 Prescription panic in a pandemic – prescribing in the USA in March /April 2020
    Dr Haider Warriach
    Department of Medicine, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts
    17.15-17.25 Measuring the immunological evidence in COVID-19
    Professor Katja Simon and Mr Felix Richter
    Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford
    Professor Awen Gallimore
    Cardiff University School of Medicine
    17.25-17.30 Reporting the RECOVERY Trial
    Professor Peter Horby
    Nuffield Dept of Medicine, University of Oxford
    17.30-17.35 Pre-prints – for good or ill?
    Mr Jonathan Schultz
    Director, Journal Operations, American Heart Association
    17.35-18.00 Panel Discussion
    Professor Colin Dayan
    Professor of Clinical Diabetes and Metabolism, Cardiff University
  4. Successful Remote Interviewing

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on our meeting culture. This also applies to interview situations, including those for PhD studentships, research fellowships and NHS and academic appointments. Early career researchers are particularly affected by this and face the unusual situation of online interviews and remote panel meetings.

    The Association of Physicians delivered a webinar on Successful Remote Interviewing on 30th June 2020. This interactive event focused on three key points of successful interviewing: beginning stronglyexcelling throughout; and finishing well. The webinar addressed techniques that will also help in conventional interviews and highlighted the specific challenges and opportunities of remote interviews.

    The Panel:

    Bob Bannister, Founder & Lead iManage Performance

    Professor Christian Delles, Honorary Secretary, Association of Physicians of GB & Ireland and Professor and Consultant Physician @The Institute for Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow

    Dr Rachel Myles, Executive Committee Member, Association of Physicians of GB & Ireland and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Cardiology @The Institute for Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow

    This Webinar was been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 1 category 1 (external) CPD credit.

    The Association would like to thank Bob Bannister Founder and Lead Consultant at iManage Performance Ltd for delivering the session.

  5. Part 1: Clinical academic training: challenges and opportunities Exploiting opportunities and building career resilience in the time of COVID-19 – A workshop for early career clinical translational researchers

    The Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland invites you to view the first of our 2-part webinar series on clinical academic training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    COVID-19 has a major impact on the clinical academic landscape in the UK and elsewhere. Clinical academic trainees are facing challenges such as redeployment into clinical services and disruption of experimental and clinical research due to COVID-19 related restrictions. There are, however, opportunities that arise from the current situation.

    This webinar explores how two clinical academic trainees adapted to the ongoing challenges and hear statements by key players in the fields of translational research and research funding.

    The Programme: Tuesday, 10 November, 2020

    17.00-17.05 Welcome
    Dr Charlotte Summers
    Executive Committee Member, Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland,
    University of Cambridge
    Dr James Davies
    University of Oxford
    17.05-17.15 Case vignettes – Scoping the challenge
    Dr Paul Connelly
    Clinical Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
    Dr Kenneth Baker
    Clinical Lecturer, Newcastle University
    17.15-17.25 How is COVID-19 changing clinical academic training opportunities and pathways?
    Professor Sara Marshall
    Head of Clinical and Physiological Sciences, Wellcome Trust
    Professor David Jones
    Dean for the NIHR Academy, Newcastle University
    17.25-17.35 What I would do now as an early career clinical academic
    Professor Moira Whyte
    Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh
    17.35-18.00 Panel Discussion
    With Q&A from the audience
  6. The COVID Enigma Part 2

    The Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland invite you to view this webinar bringing together international authorities in Translational Medicine to address the COVID enigma –  an initially mysterious and challenging to understand virus.

    How does the virus evade our natural host defences – and with increasing understanding – does that present novel targeted therapeutic opportunities.  Why do some family members exhibit severe systemic disease while others remain unscathed ?   How do we assess an individuals natural immunity – and what does this mean?

    Facilitators:  Professor Seamas Donnelly (Trinity College Dublin) & Professor Colin Dayan (Cardiff)

    The Programme: Friday, 20 November, 2020

    17.00-17.05 Welcome
    Professor Seamas Donnelly
    Executive Committee Member, Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland,
    Trinity College Dublin
    Professor Colin Dayan
    Executive Committee Member, Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland, Cardiff University
    “Evolving diagnostic and therapeutic pathways in COVID-19”
    Professor Garret FitzGerald
    Director, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania
    “Potential novel treatments for the cytokine storm in COVID-19”
    Professor Luke O’Neill
    Head of Biochemistry, Trinity College Dublin
    “COVID-19 & Autoimmunity”
    Professor Ricard Bucala
    Head of Rheumatology, Yale University
    17:27-17:35 “The challenge of assessing natural immunity to COVID-19”
    Professor Timothy Tellinghuisen
    Head of Virology, Roche, Basel, Switzerland
    17.35-18.00 Panel Discussion
    With Q&A from the audience
    Closing Remarks
    Professor Colin Dayan, Cardiff University