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We often hear in the media “Chemicals are bad” and that “organic” is better, but what does this mean? Do we need drugs? Do they help or harm us? What can be done to stop cancer developing? Can we use natural products to prevent injuries? Join us to hear the answers to these questions and more from three engaging speakers!
Old injury new ideas: Fishing for stability
Dr Ashley Richardson (Lecturer Sport and Exercise Science, Abertay University)
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs from the thigh to the calf offering stabilisation of the knee joint during movement. Injury to the ACL is a common debilitating sports related injury with potential long term repercussions. Despite an abundance of research and improved understanding of mechanisms causing injury, incident rates are not decreasing through professional and amateur sport. This talk will explore whether fish oil supplementation could offer an alternative method to reduce ACL injury incidence rates.
The dose makes the poison
Dr Peter Maskell (Senior Lecturer in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, Abertay University)
What is a drug? Are drugs bad? Are natural products good? Are chemicals bad? Will too much water kill you? How do we determined if “legal highs” are dangerous? Can I get drunk if I take a champagne bath? These questions and more will be explored as we investigate how drugs can be used to help but can also harm.
War on cancer: Win, lose or draw?
Professor Alastair Munro (Professor Emeritus of Radiation Oncology, University of Dundee)
Cancer, one way or another, touches everyone. Dealing with cancer, whether at societal or individual level, is often couched in military terms: War, Fight, Battle, Struggle, etc. This approach has only taken us so far. Despite our best efforts, total victory has proved elusive. I will be discussing other ways of looking at the problem of cancer and arguing that shifting metaphors might help us discover more fruitful ways of managing this group of diseases. How about this for starters? The best way to win a battle is never to have to fight it in the first place.