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Public Lecture: the scent of disease - medicine in the next generation

When and where

9 October 2019
11 St Andrews' Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE

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Public Lecture: the scent of disease - medicine in the next generation

Dating back to the time of Hippocrates, the art of using smell to help medical diagnoses is a long-established tradition. As medicine has progressed throughout the years however, this art has since fallen away, but is it still useful in the modern age? Join Dr Ramesh Arasaradnam as he takes us through the ways smell is enhancing medicinal techniques in the 21st century.


6:00pm    Arrival refreshments

6:30pm    Lecture starts

7:30pm    Lecture finishes 

What you will learn

During this 1-hour lecture, Dr Arasaradnam will discuss:

  • the development of sensor technology and the advancement of the 'chemical fingerprint'.
  • the use of specialised mobile phone applications to help monitor patients in real time.
  • the idea of moving away from reliance on genes to determine the probability of disease, and moving towards smell to help us develop non-invasive diagnosis techniques.

Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam

Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam is a clinical academic/Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire affiliated with University of Coventry, Warwick University and University of Leicester. He graduated from Queen's and is Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London as well as the European Board of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

His interests are in early disease diagnoses through application of ‘electronic nose’ technology and artificial neural networking. He leads a dedicated research group and is chief investigator of the 'FAMISHED' study which seeks to identify early markers of disease.

Nationally he is deputy lead for the West Midlands Comprehensive Research Network and chair of the Small Bowel and Nutrition section of the British Society of Gastroenterology.


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