The Mason Institute offers an exciting calendar of events throughout the year for students, academics, practitioners, and the public. Here you will find details of our MI lunches, annual lectures, work in progress seminars, and more!

Oct
25
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Oct
29
Mon
Edinburgh Medical Debate: The Individual Vs The Institution @ 50 George Square
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Edinburgh Medical Debate: The Individual Vs The Institution

 

‘This house believes that clinical guidelines do not improve patient care’

 

Monday 29 October, 7pm at 50 George Square.

 

The panel:

 

  • Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
  • Miss Tracey Gillies, Medical Director, NHS Lothian
  • Dr Peter Dorward, Edinburgh GP and author
  • Mr Calum Chung, Year 2, Edinburgh Medical School

 

The debate will be chaired by Professor Steve Sturdy, Professor of the Sociology of Medical Knowledge, University of Edinburgh.

 

Free tickets: edmeddeb2018.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Open to all.

 

We hope that you can join us.

 

Mason Institute, on behalf of Edinburgh Medical School and the Edinburgh Medical Students Council.

Nov
1
Thu
Mason Institute WiP Seminar @ Elder Room, Old College
Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Edward Dove

Nov
5
Mon
MI Winter Lecture @ The Screening Room (G04), 50 George Square, Edinburgh
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We will hold our MI Winter Lecture, with a lecture from  Sridhar Venkatapuram, Senior Lecturer in Global Health & Philosophy at King’s College London, UK. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Talk Title: ‘Global Health and Equity 2.0.’

In 2015, in a world that is now lost, world governments agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 which were said to be underpinned by fundamental principles of interdependence, universality, and solidarity.  And, more recently and particularly at the World Health Organization, there is a frequent assertion of ‘leave no-one behind.’  But what does or could this ethical exhortation mean?  In this lecture, I discuss how global health actors are being pushed to achieving ambitious overall targets on the one hand, and on the other hand, ensure the worst off also benefit.  Achieving only one or neither would be seen as ethical failure.  Discussing some examples such as Universal Health Coverage, m-health in LMICs, and population ageing, I will show how different health policies informed by ethical approaches such as utilitarianism, rights, fair procedures, and sufficientarianism would aim to achieve the twin-goals.  After showing how each of them is inadequate in achieving the twin goals, I will then argue that the two goals are actually part of a larger number of dimensions we value about health.  Which dimensions to achieve and to what extent, will have to be determined by rigorous ethical reasoning, which includes public deliberation.

Biography of Sridhar Venkatapuram:

Sridhar Venkatapuram has trained in various disciplines including international relations (Brown), public/global health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge).  He ‘tries’ to bridge normative ethical reasoning, particularly about social justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health.  Some topics Sridhar has addressed include the philosophy of the human right to health, health inequalities, global health justice, and global/social determinants of disease and mortality.  He is currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow working in the Global Health Ethics Unit of the World Health Organization helping develop ethical guidance for healthy ageing policies.  His first book is Health Justice, an argument from the capabilities approach (Polity).

 

Nov
8
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov
15
Thu
Mason Institute WiP Seminar @ Elder Room, Old College
Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Nov
22
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Carstares Room, Old College
Nov 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov
29
Thu
Mason Institute WiP Seminar @ Seminar Room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Nov 29 @ 9:22 am – 10:22 am
Dec
13
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jan
22
Tue
MI Lunch Seminar with Ayesha Ahmad @ TBC
Jan 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Talk Title: TBC

with Ayesha Ahmad

Abstract

TBC

Respondent: TBC

About MI Lunches

Human health is essential for the enjoyment and maximisation of almost all human activities. As our health futures rapidly evolve alongside great medical, scientific, and technological advancement, we are faced with the obligation to both protect patients and promote ethical research. How to successfully navigate these interconnected and complex relationships is a challenge not yet met. The Mason Institute is at the forefront of research into the protection and promotion of human health. The MI Lunch Series reaches across the boundaries of discipline and institution to directly engage with crucial human health actors – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, patients, and the public – to exploit on-going research and explore this challenge.
If you would like to be a part of our series, please contact: mason.institute@ed.ac.uk