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Tenth William Dennis Memorial Lecture

The Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care will host the 10th annual William Dennis Memorial on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 5 pm at the Main Medical Lecture Theatre located on the University Hospital of the West Indies. The Lecture is held in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by the late William Dennis who was a senior paediatric surgeon that gave 25 years unstinting service to the Bustamante Hospital for Children. The Lecture will feature two addresses by Professor Archibald McDonald, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona and Professor Minerva Thame, Head of the Department of Child Health, UWI, Mona.
Professor McDonald’s lecture is entitled, “Training Graduates of the University of the West Indies to Become World Leaders in the Field of Medicine”. In his lecture he will outline his assessment of the present state of medical education at the University of the West Indies. He will explain why in the present environment of high performing students transformational change in medical education is not just an option but an imperative. His vision of expanded student access to medical training is now coming into fruition. Professor McDonald suggest that a “win win” possibility exists in medical education through increased exposure to clinical material, expanded modes of instruction and optimizing uses of technology.
The second lecture which will be delivered by Professor Thame is entitled, “Maternal Production of Fetal Fluids During Pregnancy: Comparison of Nutrients between Adolescent and Mature Women”. Adolescent pregnancy still remains a major health concern worldwide.  It is associated with a high prevalence of small infants and premature births which are significant contributors to an increased perinatal mortality rate.  Adolescent girls are still growing and hence during pregnancy there is competition between their own growth and their ability to provide nutrients to grow their fetus.  This important fact suggests that the adolescent give birth to smaller babies because they cannot increase the mechanisms such as gluconeogesnisis to provide glucose and maintain adequate supplies of amino acids like glycine and arginine to sustain normal fetal growth.  Her presentation outlines work done on this important question and compares these findings to the pregnancy of the mature women.
The university community and the public are invited to attend.

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