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Medsoc mondays: This House blames the West for the expansion of the Ebola epidemic

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“The west is not to blame, the solution is within ourselves”. – Journalist Ade Deramy speaking at the debate on 1st December.


With the topic of the Ebola virus omnipresent in the media, MedSoc Infectious Diseases, Global Health and Debate subsections ran a highly anticipated debate with the motion being ‘This House blames the West for the expansion of the Ebola epidemic’. Working in conjunction with UCL Debate Society, the event was well received, with the speakers raising some pioneering points and bringing fascinating new perspectives from their respective fields on how the west had been dealing with the crisis. Speaking in proposition and raising points about the lack of investment in a vaccine for the virus were Ilan Kelman, from the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, and Jonathan Meldrum, an PhD student from UCL. Arguing in opposition, and stating that the remedies for the problem are within the African countries themselves and blaming inefficient deployment of resources as opposed to Western influence, were journalist Ade Deramy and third year UCL Medic Kirtana Vallabhaneni. Kirtana1534737_684228655031699_8800493314614645083_o

Our debators

Our debators

Thamani

Thamani

Kirtana and Ade

Kirtana and Ade

UCLU Debate Society President and winner of best floor speech

UCLU Debate Society President and winner of best floor speech

10872792_684229871698244_7938653415911174886_o also helped to organise the event as Section Chair of Debate for Medsoc. The controversial motion sparked many opinions which were shared in a heated floor speeches, with members of the audience arguing both in favour of and opposing the motion and also some choosing to abstain from the argument. Second year medical student Thamani Mazhani won the ‘Best Floor Speech’ prize with an impassioned argument about African resources being overlooked in the fight against Ebola, and supporting the opposition in arguing that containing the outbreak should be managed by the African nations. The opposition won the debate, with the majority of the floor choosing to abstain from the motion. It was a great event with strong performances from all speakers that evening!

Vignesh Gopalan, ID committee

Trip to the LSHTM on November 24th

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In the run up to ID, Debate and Global Health’s Ebola Debate, we took a trip to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to hear from Professor Peter Piot, co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, about the current Ebola epidemic. The talk was part of the Global Health Lecture Series (GHLS) at the LSHTM.

Needless to say, it was a highly fascinating and current event, with Professor Piot telling us about his background and the discovery of the devastating virus, as well as what the current efforts are to tackle the epidemic. It provided an excellent background to the prevailing crisis and gave us some good groundwork for our debate the week after! Lots of Medsoc members turned up to the LSHTM to hear from the Professor at this free event. Remember the LSHTM runs lots of free events every week about a range of diseases and problems across the world; just check out their website for more info!

Our group with Professor Piot

Our group with Professor Piot

Welcome to Infectious Disease

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Hello, and welcome to the Infectious Disease section of Medsoc!

Whether you are barmy about bacteria, fascinated by fungi or vociferous in your love for viruses, we are sure to be putting on an event that’s just right for you. We plan to put on events that showcase the whole range of options in this exciting speciality, from working overseas to the challenges faced here in the UK. Events will range from debates and panel discussions to talks given by leading experts in the field. We also aim to help with OSCE/Examination Events, including information for 2nd years considering the iBSc in Immunology, Infection and Cell Pathology.

All events are open to any Medsoc members, so whether you are interested in pursuing this as your speciality or just want to find out more about what is a very interesting area of medicine then come along!


 

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