RCSI unveils public lecture series on Covid-19

The virtual series will tackle physical, mental health issues that arose during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI) has announced details of several online lectures aimed at bringing trusted healthcare information about the pandemic to the public.

The RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences’ MyHealth virtual series of talks will tackle numerous physical and mental health issues that have arisen during the Covid-19 crisis, such as living with the new normal and supporting children and youth health this winter.

Speakers will include population health expert Prof Sam McConkey and infectious diseases experts Prof Hilary Humphries and Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick.

Psychologists Prof Ciaran O’Boyle, Dr Trudy Meehan and Dr Eva Doherty, and Consultant Paediatrician Prof Jonathan Hourihane, were also contributing to the talks which begin later this month.

“RCSI MyHealth is part of the university’s commitment to enhancing human health by providing expert-driven healthcare information,” a spokesperson said.

“The series supports the advancement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal on good health and well-being.”

Topics covered include: ‘Living with the New Normal’, September 29; ‘A Toolkit for Winter Readiness’, October 13; and ‘Supporting Child and Youth Health this Winter’, November 24.

Launching the series, Prof Hannah McGee, Dean of RCSI’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, said: “As educators and researchers, it is our responsibility to use our expertise, knowledge, and discoveries to foster improvements in health and education in our communities, our societies and around the world.

“This year has demonstrated more than ever the value of evidence-based healthcare information and the role of academics, clinicians and scientists in helping the public to understand more about their own health.”

“This important series will equip people with the information and tools to deal with some of the many challenges the pandemic has presented us with us as individuals and as families,” added Prof McGee.

Earlier this year, RCSI was named first in the world for ‘Good Health and Well-being’ in The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020.

The rankings reflected the RCSI’s focus on improving human health for the benefit of patients and communities across the globe, the RCSI spokesperson also said.


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