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26th Annual History of Medicine Days Conference at Cumming School of Medicine

Student and faculty participants at the 26th annual History of Medicine Days Conference in Calgary, Alberta.

Last month, the 26th annual History of Medicine Days conference took again place in the Libin Theatre and adjacent atria in the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (March 17th and 18th, 2017).  Following to the introduction by conference chair Dr. Stahnisch and the welcoming addresses by Vice Dean Glenda MacQueen (Cumming School of Medicine) and Senior Associate Dean (Research, Faculty of Arts) Penny Pexman, altogether 31 oral presentations and 15 poster presentations were given, ranging from the history of pain research, to gender topics in the history of medicine, and the social and cultural contexts of medical innovations.  Keynote speaker was the distinguished Wellcome Research Professor in History of Medicine, Dr. Paul J. Weindling (Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom), who presented on “Life course health and sequential trauma: a role for history of medicine,” which was very well received by the audience.  Furthermore, two inspirational featured lectures were given by UofC faculty, namely by Prof. Anu Gobin, Department of Art (“Tactile Interactions and Deviant Transformations: Performing Art and Anatomy in the Dutch Republic”) and by Dr. Ian Mitchell, Department of Paediatrics (“Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Requires an Explanation – The Rapid Rise and Very Slow Decline of a Myth”).  At the following awards banquet, which was musically supported by The MRU Conservatory Duet, three Calgary students made it into the follower-up category of the Dr. Peter Cruse Award (Erna Kurbegovic, 1st, and Jessica Tannenbaum, 2nd) and the follower-up category of the Dr. Bill Whitelaw Award (Isabel Ciok, 1st), which speaks to the formidable training and great research enthusiasm in our UofC student population.  Congratulations go to: Erna, Jessica, and Isabel!

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