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Dame Sally Davies to give the inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture

Dame Sally Davies

Dame Sally Davies

20 June 2014

The inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture 'The drugs don’t work: the global threat of antibiotic resistance’ will be given by Dame Sally Davies FMedSci DBE FRS, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health.

The event will be held on 26 November 2014, 6-7 pm, at the University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Great Hall. 

Dame Sally Davies has played a major role in the formation of the National Institute for Health Research and has spoken out on many topics of major importance in public health, including the threat of antibiotic resistance and the normalisation of being overweight.

The lecture is named after Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the USA and to be placed on the UK’s medical register.  Elizabeth was born in Bristol in 1821 and returned to the UK in 1859 to lecture at a social sciences congress held on the site now occupied by the Great Hall.  Elizabeth Blackwell worked tirelessly throughout her life to improve public health.

The Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture will be given annually, and always by a high profile woman in the field of public health or preventative medicine.  Support for the lecture came from a generous donation from the descendants of Elizabeth Blackwell who visited Bristol in July 2013 for the launch of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.

Further information

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. The event is free to attend but registration is required.

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